Professor Allen Foster OBE MB ChB DO FRCS FRCOphth FHEA

Professor and Co-Director of International Centre for Eye Health


Trained in medicine and ophthalmology in the UK. Worked in Tanzania 1975-85. Main interests International Public Health, Blindness and Disability.

Leads the Disability and Eye Health Group with Clare Gilbert, Hannah Kuper and Matthew Burton.

The activities of  the International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH) are Research and Education to improve eye care and eliminate avoidable blindness, with a focus on low income countries.

The activities of the International Centre for Evidence in Disability are Research and Education to improve health care for persons with disabilities, with a focus on low income countries.




Overall responsible for Masters in PHEC;

Study Unit Organiser on Masters PHEC;

Organiser Short Course on International Eye Health;

Support for ICEH and ICED Overseas Workshops;

Individual lectures e.g. DTMH.


Control of Blinding Diseases; Trachoma, Onchocerciasis, Cataract, Childhood Blindness;

Cost-effectiveness and Quality of Life studies in Eye Care;

Implementation of VISION 2020 and Global Action Plan 2014-19.

Health service research for children and adults with disabilities.

Research areas

  • Child health
  • Disease control
  • Global Health
  • Health inequalities
  • Public health
  • Rehabilitation


  • Epidemiology
  • Medicine
  • Operational research
  • Opthalmology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Blindness
  • Disability
  • Eye diseases
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Trachoma


  • East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
  • Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)
  • Middle East & North Africa (developing only)
  • South Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Other interests

  • Blindness Prevention
  • Cataract
  • Child Disability
  • Child Disability,inclusive Education
  • Childhood Blindness
  • Childhood Disability
  • Community Based Health Agents
  • Community health services
  • Disability And Development
  • Disability And Rehabilitation
  • Disability Rights
  • Eye health; Disability and health
  • Hearing And Visual Impairments
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Onchocerciasis
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