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In most parts of Africa and the developing world the population tends to be predominately rural in distribution, this is in spite of the ongoing spate of rural-urban migration in many parts of Africa. Human resources for eye care have however continued to be concentrated in the urban cities. The consequence has been neglect of the eye care needs of the rural majority. To address this problem there is a need to train mid-level healthcare personnel who are already employed and resident in the rural areas in eye care skills to serve as a bridging cadre between all tiers of the eye care establishment.

This curriculum details the requirements for the training of community ophthalmic technicians who will work closely as part of the eye care team at community, primary and secondary levels, bridging the gap between all 3 tiers.