New RAAB Training of Trainers’ programme launched

RAAB surveys are the most widely used eye health survey method globally and RAAB data is the largest contributor to estimates of the prevalence of blindness and vision impairment worldwide.  

To ensure that we continue to generate world-class data that powers the eye health sector, we are launching a new RAAB ‘Training of Trainers’ Programme. The programme will support a new cohort of individuals to become qualified RAAB trainers. 

RAAB trainers are instrumental in ensuring the accuracy and reliability of RAAB survey data. They provide high-quality support to those undertaking RAAB surveys globally, assisting in survey planning, data collection, analysis and use of results.  

This hybrid online and in-person programme, developed in conjunction with key stakeholders in eye health, is open now for applications for its first run in October 2023. The deadline for applications is 28th August 2023. 

The programme consists of six weeks of supported online learning (one module per week, six hours of learning per module), a structured observation by a senior RAAB Trainer and written coursework.  

Participants must complete all components of the programme to receive their certificate of completion. There is no fee for completion of the programme, but applicants must be able to show that they or their organisation can cover the cost of the structured observation. 

We aim to identify 8 – 10 applicants to complete this first intake, who are passionate about global eye health and RAAB’s role within it. Essential qualifications for applicants include at least 5 years' prior experience in global eye or public health planning and a degree in a relevant subject or equivalent experience. 

By the end of the programme, trainees should be able to:  

  • Articulate the rationale for RAAB, its history, methodology and role in the global epidemiology of vision impairment 

  • Explain the RAAB sampling strategy and examination protocol 

  • Recognise the minimum requirements for completing a high quality RAAB survey, and apply gained skills to appropriately support RAAB survey planning 

  • Demonstrate strong technical knowledge of RAAB survey implementation and interpretation of results 

  • Engage confidently with RAAB software, demonstrating setting up a training week and managing survey data collection on the Peek RAAB7 platform 

As well as providing professional development and contributing to improving global eye health, being a RAAB trainer is a fulfilling experience: 

 “With every survey, the RAAB trainer assists to build a stronger and more up to date picture of the avoidable blindness landscape — like a jigsaw puzzle. Personally, being a RAAB trainer has facilitated a deeper understanding of the structure and function of eye services, and it is so gratifying to be able to effect real change through supporting partners to complete surveys. Getting to know the survey team members has been wonderful, and the support from the RAAB team is also excellent!” Dr Deon Minnies, RAAB Trainer 

For further information on how to apply, detailed course content and trainer testimonials, please visit 

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