Dr Daksha Patel
MD MMed(Ophth) MSc CEH, FHEA
of International Eye Health
Dr Daksha Patel is a medical Doctor and an Ophthalmologist by training and has worked in a range of clinical settings in East Africa. As a member of staff for the International Center for Eye Health ( ICEH) she transferred from the Insitutute of Ophthalmology to LSHTM in 2002 to take up the post of MSc Course Director in Public health for eye care. This unique course, is focused on addressing avoidable blindness in low and middle income settings. She remained as the Course Director till 2013.
At present she is the e-learning Director for the Disability and eye group at LSHTM, and is involved in developing open educational resources and massive open online courses (MOOCs) in eye care. These new developments in open education are supported by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.
Since 2009, she is also the co-director for developing and conducting training in Public health planning for Hearing Impairment. This course is unique to LSHTM and the only one of its kind globally in hearing impairment.
As E-learning Director since 2014, Daksha is leading the development open education in eye care. The objective of this approach, is to provide opportunities for high quality, flexible learning in key topics relevant for stregthening eye care services, with an emphasis on low and middle income settings. To date courses developed are :
Massive open online courses on Future learn:
- Global blindness: planning and managing eye care service.(6 weeks)
- Eliminating Trachoma (5 Weeks)
Open study courses (LSHTM):
- Ophthalmic Epidemiology: Basic Principles (3 weeks)
- Ophathlmic epidemiology: application to eye disease (4 weeks)
- Global Blindness: Planning and managing eye care services
With the support of Seeing is Believing, Daksha is leading the development of an innovative training and capacity building approach in eye care with educators in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria.The purpose of this project is to bridge gaps within eye health training curriculum and support professional development, using the principles of open education.
Daksha has been involved in developing and implementing training in Public health Planning for hearing impairment. The key objective of this training is to advocate and support the development National ear and hearing health plans and focusing on the public hearing health priorities in LMIC. Particpants from these overseas workshops are also supported with an online discussion network called ( DEAPH - Discussions in ears and public health). This is a unique global training programme.
As Course Director for Public health for eye care ( previously known as Community Eye Health) from 2000 to 2013, Daksha was closely involved with transfering and managing curriculum restructuring from University College of London to LSHTM.
Daksha has been closely involved with study units as organiser for non-communicable eye diseases (with a specific interest in cataract and diabetic retinopathy), Planning for VISION 2020 and resources and technology for VISION 2020: the right to sight ( with a specific interest in Human resources development, monitoring and evaluation of programmes)
As Short course Director for ICEH- 2003 - 2013, managed and supported the development of: Planning Vision 2020 programme, Tropical Ophthalmology and Eye health systems.
Externally, Daksha has been involved in the development of a Masters and Diploma programme in Community Eye health at the University of Cape Town and at present is their external examiner for the Diploma in CEH.
She has been involved as a sub editor on the Community eye health journal since 2002. This journal reaches over 20,000 readers across the globe and is specifically used to provide knowledge and skills essential for Ophthalmic practice in LMIC.
Daksha is also involved in the supervision for MSc research projects .
Daksha has been involved in supporting research in health systems stregthening and particularly to map and understand eye health human resources distribution within Africa and the access to appropraite techology to deliver surgical services in eye care.
Cochrane review conducted on the role of education for the prevention of ocular trauma, highlighting the gaps in our strategies for the prevention of eye injuries.
Supervision of Research Degree student (DrPH) in Diabetic retinopathy screening programme in Burnei Darussalam, this involved a detailed assessment of the local policy on diabetes within their National health framework and a situation analysis of the Diabetic retinopathy screening programme.
Currently Daksha is involved in health education research linked with open education and MOOCs.