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The IPOSC ROP Education Grant

Application deadline: June 1, 2018.

Read below for eligibility requirements and more information.

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Thanks to the generous support of the Knights Templar Eye Foundation (KTEF), we are pleased to announce that the International Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Council (IPOSC) will be providing education grants for selected retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) teams in Sub-Saharan Africa to attend the IPOSC ROP Symposium in Cape Town, South Africa on September 3 and 4, 2018.

ROP teams interested in establishing a training center within their local community focused on the diagnosis and management of premature infants at risk for developing ROP will be selected for a special training program that will take place during the IPOSC ROP Symposium in Cape Town. In addition to the didactic program (Day 1 of the Symposium), these teams will participate in focused workshops and hands-on training, targeting issues associated with establishing training centers. Each team is asked to apply as a group of individuals (maximum 4 people) consisting of a pediatric ophthalmologist, retina specialist or vitreoretinal surgeon, pediatrician and/or neonatologist, and a nurse or administrator.

2018 IPOSC ROP Africa Symposium
Educational Grant

Purpose: To assist a small number of ophthalmology teams in Sub-Saharan Africa to engage in training to improve the diagnosis, management and treatment of ROP or to assist with the establishment of such specialized ophthalmology teams.

Where: Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

When: September 3 and 4, 2018.

By Whom: International Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Council (IPOSC).

Eligibility of team:
Must be located in teaching hospital or fully equipped private ophthalmologic organization:

  1. The team must have following personnel committed to acute and follow up care of premature babies:

    a. Ophthalmologist experienced in indirect ophthalmoscopy in infants

    b. A fellowship trained and pediatric “oriented” ophthalmologist or neonatologist

    c. Administrative support of team

  2. A record of training for team staff and also associated regional professionals

  3. A documented history of monitoring and evaluation of treatment outcomes

  4. A desire to become a “center of excellence” for the premature infant

  5. Not limited to, but preference given to teams in sub-Saharan Africa

Grant recipients will receive support for the following:

  • Round trip economy air travel or fuel/mileage allowance for automobile travel

  • Accommodation at meeting hotel

  • Meals (breakfast and dinner) provided/available for all registrants

  • Registration waiver

  • Special workshops on 2nd day, including additional didactic session related to establishing a training team and an additional “hands on” workshop

  • Personal mentoring by experienced professionals

  • Each team (4 individuals) will be reimbursed up to $3000 for incidental expenses; must submit all receipts and documents immediately following the to meeting

Responsibility of recipient teams:

  • Develop a plan appropriate for their medical setting to be submitted to the meeting individual assigned to their team, to be completed by end of September 2018.

  • Outline specific short-term and long-term goals to improve ROP care within your region.

Application Information:

  • All applications should be in English

  • The budget or reimbursement will be in U.S. Dollars at their current exchange rate when reimbursed

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