In September 2013, 11 students graduated from the two-year Ophthalmic Technician Training Programme.  Three of them were females, and eight of them were male.  The graduated students came from provinces all over the country, Kabul, Herat, Ghazni, Badakhshan, Kapisa, Baghlan, Parvan, Maedan Wardak, and Kandahar.  

This is consistent with IAM’s goals to provide eye-care throughout the country.

The two year course consisted of theoretical training, and continued to more practical work as they progressed through their semesters.  

The graduates are now qualified to diagnosis eye refractions and to provide the appropriate correction with eye-glasses.  They are also trained to do diagnostic examinations and to treat simple diseases, and to refer complicated issues to an ophthalmologist.

In December, the students will take the Ministry of Public Health examination for national certification in their field.  80% of the students have already found jobs in their field of work. 

IAM does all the Ophthalmic Technician training for the country of Afghanistan.  Read more about the Ophthalmic Technician Training Programme here.