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Lists the equipment, instruments, and supplies required by primary and secondary level (district) eye care units, along with suppliers and their addresses. Download from the VISION 2020 website www.vision2020.org/main.cfm?type=CLINGUIDE (2.3 MB) or order a copy from TALC (send your name, occupation, and address).
Contains selected and updated articles on technology for ophthalmic practice from the Community Eye Health Journal. Available for free download from www.cehjournal.org/files/b0501.html (1.9 MB, or can be downloaded in smaller sections). Order paper copies from TALC (free to low- and middle-income countries, otherwise £5).
Available from Aravind (UK £1,40/Indian Rs100) Or download from http://laico.org/v2020resource/files/instruments_book.pdf (780 kB).
By V Srinivasan and RD Thulasiraj. A step-by-step guide to the care and maintenance of ophthalmic instruments and equipment.
All articles available online at www.cehjournal.org
Vidhya SS, Srinivasan V. Technology for eye care: training in the care of equipment and instruments. Comm Eye Health J 2002; Issue 43, pages 43-44.
Srinivasan V. Equipment repaired is equipment gained. Comm Eye Health J 2009, Issue 70, s02 (online supplement, page 2). www.cehjournal.org/0953-6833/22/jceh_22_70_s02.html
RD Thulasiraj and V Srinivasan. Care of instruments and equipment: a success story. Comm Eye Health J 2007; Issue 61, page 16.
ORBIS International conducts two-week workshops on ophthalmic equipment maintenance and health care technology management worldwide. For more information, contact email@example.com or write to him at ORBIS International, 520 8th Ave, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10018, USA.
Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO) in Madurai runs six-week training courses for technicians that are repeated four times a year (US $325). LAICO offers shorter courses (two, three or four weeks) on invitation at a range of different countries. Visit www.aravind.org/education/course-details.asp or write to Prof V Srinivasan, LAICO, 72, Kuruvikaran Salai, Gandhi Nagar, Madurai 625 020, Tamil Nadu, India.
The Eye Care Equipment Maintainers Discussion Group is intended as a meeting point for people who use or maintain ophthalmic equipment or are interested in learning more. You can ask questions, share successes, or discuss any problems you are having with your ophthalmic equipment. Visit http://groups.google.com/group/eye-care-equipment-maintainers to join in.
Visit the World Health Organization site http://who.ceb.unicamp.br/ for an up-to-date list of the available training units for biomedical equipment technicians and clinical engineers worldwide. Requires a Flash plug-in.
The Inter Agency Procurement Group (IAPG) is a forum for international non-government organisations to share logistical information and procedures; it meets every quarter. Visit www.iapg.org.uk for more information.