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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

Centres

Evidence on Disability

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

Prevalence of age-related macular degeneration in nakuru, kenya: a cross-sectional population-based study.
Mathenge, W. ; Bastawrous, A. ; Peto, T. ; Leung, I. ; Foster, A. ; Kuper, H. ;
PLoS Med
The impact of cataract surgery on activities and time-use: results from a longitudinal study in kenya, bangladesh and the Philippines.
Polack, S.; Eusebio, C.; Mathenge, W.; Wadud, Z.; Rashid, M.; Foster, A.; Kuper, H.;
PLoS One
Two doses of azithromycin to eliminate trachoma in a Tanzanian community.
Solomon, A.W. ; Harding-Esch, E. ; Alexander, N.D. ; Aguirre, A. ; Holland, M.J. ; Bailey, R.L. ; Foster, A. ; Mabey, D.C. ; Massae, P.A. ; Courtright, P. ; Shao, J.F. ;
N Engl J Med
A national survey of musculoskeletal impairment in Rwanda: prevalence, causes and service implications.
Atijosan, O.; Rischewski, D.; Simms, V.; Kuper, H.; Linganwa, B.; Nuhi, A.; Foster, A.; Lavy, C.;
PLoS One
Targeted treatment of active trachoma.
Mabey, D.; Bailey, R.; Solomon, A.; Burton, M.; Gilbert, C.; Foster, A.; Lietman, T.; West, S.;
JAMA
See all Professor Allen Foster's Publications