Other Courses offered

Ophthalmic Pathology and Microbiology Training

This course is created for non-doctors to receive training on pathological work and microbiological work. Under microbiology training, the biological and clinical behaviour of the microorganisms responsible for infections are taught. Additionally, elementary principles of immunology and microbial pathogenesis e.g. concepts of colonization, invasion, endotixins, exotoxins, etc. are also taught. The trainee learns the principles of sterilization, disinfection and asepsis, and the application of these to current practice and practical procedures. The course has a spectrum of activity, mode of action and pharmacokinetics of the principal antimicrobials.

Under Ophthalmic Pathology the course is focused on diseases of the eye and its neighboring tissues. The diseased tissue is examined macroscopically (gross examination) and by light microscopy. Other techniques, such as transmission and scanning electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry, as well as molecular biological and other methods are also sometimes employed.

Low Vision Training Program

This course enables non-doctors to achieve advanced competency in Low Vision Rehabilitation. The trainee will learn to explore methods of assessing functional vision and strategies for enhancing visual performance with and without low vision devices. The curriculum will provide theory and practice in following assessment and intervention areas: functional visual acuity, visual performance in everyday tasks for individuals with visual impairment. The candidate will also learn to evaluate visual efficiency, use of LVDs, and visual field. During the course of the training, the candidate will be exposed to specialized equipment used to rehabilitate low-vision patients. Finally, the candidate will learn to manage the human, financial, physical and technological resources in a comprehensive low vision program. At the end of the course the participants will gain confidence in examining patients with low vision and be able to provide simple low vision devices in their own set-up.

Non-Surgical Courses

Course in Ophthalmology for Primary Care Practitioners:
This month-long training course for Primary Care Practitioners from Sylhet, sponsored by Sightsavers, started in May, 22013. The aim of this course is to improve access to basic eye care in the rural areas of Bangladesh.
Primary Eye Care Training at Ispahani Islamia Eye Institute and hospital

Basic Eye Care and Refraction Training Programme:
This training course is established at Islamia Eye Hospital and sponsored by Sightsavers to offer training for doctors from rural areas. The aim is to improve access to basic eye care in rural areas of Bangladesh. This was a month-long course and ended on 27 December, 2012.
Primary Eye Care Training at Ispahani Islamia Eye Institute and hospital
Medical Officers who attended the course (on the left), with (from right left) a representative from Sightsavers, Dr. Steven Roy, Professor Sarwar Alam, and Ms. Sausan Ullah from Islamia Hospital at the certificate-giving ceremony of the "Basic Eye Care and Refraction Training Programme".


Nurses Education:

In-house training for nurses and ward assistants in ophthalmic and general nursing began in 2003, and has continued, so that now staff nurses, nursing assistants, assistant nurses, patient care attendants, andcounsellors are being trained in the hospital.
A course to help the nursing staff learn about international practices was held during 2012. This course was set up by the A.K. Khan Healthcare Foundation in association with the Institute for Nursing Healthcare Leadership, the representative of “The Consortium of Harvard Affiliated Hospital Nursing Services” from Boston, USA. This programme is designed to bridge the difference between standards of nursing practices in the South Asia region and the Western countries, especially the USA. Twenty-eight nurses were enrolled in this rigorous programme.
Nurses Inhouse Training