The Centre for Eye CareAfrican Eye and Public Health Intervention Initiative (CEPHII) is a forum to stimulate greater collaboration in Africa in health-related research. CEPHII is an affiliate of AVRI and is made up often accomplished researchers. The formation of the group was motivated by the current poor status of health-related research in Africa. There is often limited quantity and quality of research from Africa at international conferences and meetings. In addition, most research done in Africa is conducted by people from outside the continent. The aim is to develop research capacity and appropriate skills in an effort to eliminate visual impairment and avoidable blindness in Africa, thereby supporting Vision 2020: the Right to Sight's campaign.
To foster relationships between researchers with similar interests.
To promote the transfer of knowledge and encourage quality research work in Africa.
To establish a strong collaborative platform for funding opportunities and strengthen our ability to make an impact in health care.
To identify and fill gaps in knowledge with students from our institutions, for instance, the group has recently commenced projects focussing on Diabetes and myopia (which are key public health issues). To apply for grants which can be utilized to sponsor student projects.
To provide opportunities for co-supervision with some of the renowned researchers in health.
To organise scientific events attracting world leaders and stakeholders in health research to Africa.
The group has commenced affiliation with Centre of Excellence for Research and Training in Human Resources for Health, Department of Public Health, University of Calabar and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.
These partnerships will positively influence the rating of these institutions, and leverage on the good status of the institutions for potential funders.
The following accomplished researchers are part of our team:
Dr Bernadine Ekpenyong (PhD)
Dr Ekpenyago is an academic from Nigeria. She is also an editor and a researcher with a wealth of experience in conducting and supervising research. Dr Ekpenyong has grounded background and specialisation in optometry and public health epidemiology with specialised training in research, bio-statistics and use of statistical software. As a researcher, she won two research grants as principal investigator. She has also successfully supervised six Master's degree projects as a senior lecturer and has also collaborated with other researchers to conduct quality research. These efforts are evident on the several scientific presentations and peer-reviewed publications to her credit.
Dr Osuagwu is a Research Fellow at the Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism Research Unit and an academic staff member at the School of Medicine, Western Sydney University, New South Wales. He has a background in Optometry and Vision Science with more than 15 years of clinical practice. He has 445 peer-reviews and more than 337 citations to his credit.
Dr Ovenseri has served as a WHO expert on low vision in Africa. He is an Assistant Professor of Optometry at Qassim University, Saudi Arabia and the assistant editor at the Journal of Nigerian Optometry. He has also served as a reviewer for various learned journals. He has over 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 260 citations.
Professor Agho is an Associate Professor in Biostatistics at the School of Science and Health, University of Western Sydney, Australia. His research leadership in relation to the role international health, nutrition and public health has contributed to key areas of government policy in numerous countries. Dr Agho has published over 165 peer-reviewed research papers and has 5662 citations.
Dr Ndep is a lecturer in Public Health at the University of Calabar, Nigeria with particular interest in qualitative research methods and data analysis. She is a staunch believer in making health information accessible to everyone regardless of their literacy level. To this end, she has developed healthy tales which helps people with low literacy to understand complex health information without losing its scientific integrity.
Dr Ocansey is Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO). He holds a PhD degree in Vision Science and Optometry from the Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), Cambridge, UK. He is currently Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana and Head of Department of the Physician Assistants Studies Department, UCC. With his broad range of clinical training in optometry and vision science, his research focuses on investigations into understanding visual processing and effective ways of ocular disease and refractive error diagnosis and management. He has published over 30 scientific articles in peer review journals.
Dr Ekure is a Nigerian born optometrist currently practicing full range Optometry in the USA. His Clinical Practice focus is in Primary Care Optometry with an emphasis in glaucoma, specialty contact, and anterior segment care. He is currently working on obtaining his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biomedicine at Salus University, Pennsylvania.
Dr Ogbuehi is a Professor of Optometry and Vision Sciences, currently serving as a senior lecturer in ophthalmology at the Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, New Zealand. His primary interests have been in education and research. He has over 40 publications and 543 citations.
Prof Naidoo is a National Research Foundation B-rated researcher, educator and internationally celebrated public health leader who has has devoted his working life to reducing avoidable blindness and vision impairment, with special emphasis on refractive error. He has been revolutionizing access and delivery to eye care in Africa and for the globally disadvantaged.
Professor Mashige has more than 20 years teaching and research experience in the field of Optometry. He is the CEO of African Vision Research Institute and an Associate Editor of BMC Ophthalmology. He is a National Research Foundation C2-rated scientist and has published over 70 articles in peer-reviewed publications.