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Professor Allen Foster

OBE MB ChB DO FRCS FRCOphth FHEA

Professor
and Co-Director of International Centre for Eye Health

Room
ICEH

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
44 (0)20 7958 8345 or 8359

Fax.
44 (0)20 7958 8325

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.

Affiliations

Department of Clinical Research
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Teaching

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.

Research

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 Area
Child health
Health inequalities
Public health
Disease control
Global Health
Rehabilitation
Discipline
Epidemiology
Medicine
Operational research
Opthalmology
Disease and Health Conditions
Eye diseases
Trachoma
Disability
Blindness
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Non-communicable diseases
Region
East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)
Middle East & North Africa (developing only)
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Incidence of Visually Impairing Cataracts Among Older Adults in Kenya.
Bastawrous A; Mathenge W; Nkurikiye J; Wing K; Rono H; Gichangi M; Weiss HA; Macleod D; Foster A; Burton M
2019
JAMA network open
Quality Assurance and Quality Control in the Global Trachoma Mapping Project.
Solomon AW; Willis R; Pavluck AL; Alemayehu W; Bakhtiari A; Bovill S; Chu BK; Courtright P; Dejene M; Downs P
2018
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
Rapid assessment of avoidable blindness for health service planning
MacTaggart I; Wallace S; Ramke J; Burton M; Bastawrous A; Limburg H; Qureshi MB; Fostera A; Kupera H
2018
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Changing patterns of cataract services in North-West Nigeria: 2005-2016.
Muhammad N; Adamu MD; Caleb M; Maishanu NM; Jabo AM; Rabiu MM; Bascaran C; Isiyaku S; Foster A
2017
PloS one
Six-Year Incidence of Blindness and Visual Impairment in Kenya: The Nakuru Eye Disease Cohort Study.
Bastawrous A; Mathenge W; Wing K; Rono H; Gichangi M; Weiss HA; Macleod D; Foster A; Burton MJ; Kuper H
2016
Investigative ophthalmology & visual science
The Global Trachoma Mapping Project: Methodology of a 34-Country Population-Based Study.
Solomon AW; Pavluck AL; Courtright P; Aboe A; Adamu L; Alemayehu W; Alemu M; Alexander ND; Kello AB; Bero B
2015
Ophthalmic epidemiology
Assessing the prevalence of sensory and motor impairments in childhood in Bangladesh using key informants.
Murthy GV; Mactaggart I; Mohammad M; Islam J; Noe C; Khan AI; Foster A; on behalf of Bangladesh KIM Study Group
2014
Archives of disease in childhood
Prevalence of Blindness and Visual Impairment in Nigeria: The National Blindness and Visual Impairment Survey
Kyari F; Murthy GVS; Sivasubramaniam S; Gilbert CE; Abdull MM; Entekume G; Foster A
2009
Investigative ophthalmology & visual science
Two doses of azithromycin to eliminate trachoma in a Tanzanian community.
Solomon AW; Harding-Esch E; Alexander ND; Aguirre A; Holland MJ; Bailey RL; Foster A; Mabey DC; Massae PA; Courtright P
2008
The New England journal of medicine
Targeted treatment of active trachoma.
Mabey D; Bailey R; Solomon A; Burton M; Gilbert C; Foster A; Lietman T; West S
2007
JAMA
Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness in Nakuru District, Kenya.
Mathenge W; Kuper H; Limburg H; Polack S; Onyango O; Nyaga G; Foster A
2007
Ophthalmology
Mapping the global distribution of trachoma
Polack S; Brooker S; Kuper H; Mariotti S; Mabey D; Foster A
2005
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Mass treatment with single-dose azithromycin for trachoma.
Solomon AW; Holland MJ; Alexander ND; Massae PA; Aguirre A; Natividad-Sancho A; Molina S; Safari S; Shao JF; Courtright P
2004
The New England journal of medicine
Strategies for control of trachoma: observational study with quantitative PCR
Solomon AW; Holland MJ; Burton MJ; West SK; Alexander ND; Aguirre A; Massae PA; Mkocha H; Munoz B; Johnson GJ
2003
Lancet
Trachoma
Mabey DC; Solomon AW; Foster A
2003
Lancet
A critical review of the SAFE strategy for the prevention of blinding trachoma
Kuper H; Solomon AW; Buchan J; Zondervan M; Foster A; Mabey D
2003
The Lancet infectious diseases
Cataract and "Vision 2020 - the right to sight" initiative
Foster A
2001
The British journal of ophthalmology
Childhood blindness in the context of VISION 2020 - The Right to Sight
Gilbert C; Foster A
2001
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Monitoring visual outcome of cataract surgery in India.
Limburg H; Foster A; Vaidyanathan K; Murthy GV
1990
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
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