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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 13  |  Page : 67-69

A partnership model for capacity-building of primary care physicians in evidence-based management of diabetic retinopathy in India

1 Centre for Control of Chronic Conditions, Public Health Foundation of India, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
2 Madras Diabetes Research Foundation and Dr Mohan's Diabetes Education Academy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Vitreo-Retina, Aravind Eye Care System, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
4 Indian Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
5 Centre for Control of Chronic Conditions, Public Health Foundation of India, Gurgaon, Haryana; Centre for Chronic Disease Control, New Delhi, India
6 LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sandeep Bhalla
Director – Training, Public Health Foundation of India, Plot No. 47, Sector- 44, Gurgaon - 122 002, Haryana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1859_19

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In India, more than 72 million people have diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy (DR), a vision-threatening complication of people with diabetes, is an important cause of avoidable blindness. The delay in the detection of DR is due to lack of awareness and shortage of ophthalmologists trained in the management of DR. With this background, in 2015, we initiated a capacity-building program “Certificate Course in Evidence Based Management of Diabetic Retinopathy (CCDR)” with an objective to build the skills and core competencies of the physicians across India in the management of diabetes and DR. The program has completed four cycles and 578 physicians have been trained. The course elicited an excellent response, which reflects the much-felt need for skill improvement in DR diagnosis and management for physicians in India. This model demonstrates an innovative modality to address DR-related avoidable blindness in a resource-restraint country like India.

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