Rolling out online learning for eye care professionals
Aravind Eye Care System, Indias largest provider of ophthalmological services, has committed to train 750 healthcare workers through a new on-line system with the aim of increasing the number of eye surgeries from 350,000 to 500,000 yearly by 2016 and to 1 million by 2020. In addition to basic eye care and preventative treatment, Aravind, is a leading company in providing cataract, glaucoma and retinal surgeries.
Aravind trains Mid-Level Ophthalmic Professionals (MLOPs) to make ophthalmologists more productive. The company expects to recruit and train 650 women from rural communities, who will then be certified as MLOPs. All of the systems are oriented towards enabling the doctors to reach as many patients and ensure support through a well-trained paramedical staff. In addition, community outreach programs are central to Aravinds mission, since most of the blind are often living in remote, rural areas. The companys all-women teams of professionals are a key component of its workforce.