There are more than 250 million in the world who are blind or visually impaired. For more than three quarters of them, there are simple, effective and inexpensive solutions which can prevent or treat their sight loss. Our goal is to eliminate avoidable blindness, empower people to get them out of poverty and work towards their universal health coverage.

Universal Health Coverage means that all people receive the health services they need, including public health services designed to promote better health (such as anti-tobacco information campaigns), prevent illness (such as vaccinations), and to provide treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care (such as end-of- life care) of sufficient quality to be effective, while at the same time ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship.

Since its creation in 1978, the OPC has a five-fold mission:

  1. To promote, and implement the means to fight blindness and impaired vision
  2. To contribute, directly or indirectly, and encourage all initiatives in the areas of eye care and the prevention of blindness;
  3. To conduct epidemiological studies on the causes of total or partial loss of sight;
  4. To stimulate and organize information campaigns designed to make the public aware of the extent and severity of blindness in developing French-speaking African countries;
  5. To commit resolutely to the development of human resources in the field of eye health.

In 2018, these five components translate into:

  • Knowledge transfer and training of human resources in ophthalmology;
  • Establishment and/or strengthening of eye care programs;
  • Empowerment of local teams of ocular health professionals;
  • Installation of mechanisms for the sustainability of ocular health activities.

Our history

  1. 1978

    OPC is created by a group of ophthalmologists and a banker

  2. 1979

    The OPC is under the high patronage of the President of the Republic

  3. 1980

    The OPC implements the first comprehensive eye care program “Yeleen” in Mali

  4. 1983

    Initiation of the first French national vision screening in the context of road safety, for which the OPC is recognized as a public service organization (200 out of 10K)

  5. 1992

    The OPC starts a mass drug distribution campaign to fight onchocerciasis in West Africa, in which an average of  3 million people were treated annually

  6. 1996

    The OPC opens its first regional office in Bamako, Mali

  7. 1998-2007

    The OPC runs its first childhood blindness program in Vietnam, starts a first comprehensive eye care program in Moldova and include the Republic of Congo in its onchocerciasis program

  8. 2000-to present

    The OPC establishes a formal working relationship with the World Health Organization

  9. 2001

    In France, the OPC initiates the first low vision screening program and organizes its first partners forum as part of the French Society of Ophthalmology Congress annually held in May

  10. 2003

    Creation of an eye health support network (RESO) joined by more than 600 members from France and Africa with a focus on training and continued education

  11. 2004

    The OPC regional office in Bamako receives the Mectizan Donation Program Award for its role in the fight against onchocerciasis in West Africa; first integration of primary eye care in onchocerciasis endemic areas than expanded ultimately to non-endemic areas

  12. 2006

    The OPC, in collaboration with another French NGO, initiates the first French national public health screening program for diabetic retinopathy, which is still in effect as up today

  13. 2011-13

    The OPC extends its comprehensive eye care programs in Niger and Guinea

  14. 2014-15

    Starts of the national Chad trachoma elimination program in Mongo health district, Guera region and initiation of Cameroon’s first comprehensive eye care program

  15. 2017

    The formal working relationship with the WHO is renewed for the fifth time and OPC starts its fundraising operations in the USA

No one deserves to be left behind. OPC always partners with the Ministries of Health and make
sure that the civil society is involved in all its projects. 

A set of core values govern both
the planning and the actions taken:

Fiscal responsibility and transparency are important to OPC. Audited every year by an independent and world recognized agency, with accounting supervised by an independent accounting firm, OPC makes sure that funds are used appropriately and according to standards.


For more details on the past year’s finances, view our Audited Financial Statements:



People of all genders, colors and faiths, everywhere around the globe, are equal in rights and duties. The most neglected communities deserve quality health services provided by well-trained health professionals and at an affordable cost.

OPC is structured to ensure that all donated funds are used efficiently to help even more people. All donations fund short-term and long-term program expenses, which represent 92% of annual budget.

OPC works to make sure that all field actions aim at quality sustainable care.

Always offering the best, while abiding to the most rigorous standards, especially to the most vulnerable. OPC prides itself on its longstanding record of effective programs with excellent follow-up.
With determination, OPC commits to the common good of all the people especially the most neglected and the neediest.

Accountability & Transparency


At OPC, we chose to be a “glass house” to explain where every dollar goes. We owe it to our donors and partners to keep their trust and support.

As an organization headquartered in France, OPC abides to the controls imposed by the law:

  • An annual independent auditing of its finances – executed over the last ten years by Ernst & Young and since December 2017 by Deloitte
  • Accounting double checked by an independent accounting firm
  • Both the accounting firm and the independent auditor are present at the annual general assembly of the members and read their report, which are then made public. All finances information that OPC intends to make public must be approved by the appointed auditor.

Additionally, in 2016, OPC obtained the IDEAS label, which is awarded by an independent committee put together by the Institute for the Development of Ethics and Actions for Solidarity. This label recognizes the quality of governance, financial management and the monitoring of the implemented programs. It is a vector of trust for donors and patrons.

OPC welcomes the scrutiny of its work and financial management.


Of every dollar we spend, 95 cents goes to preserving and restoring eyesight of the world’s most vulnerable people.

  • Programs (95%)
  • Fundraising costs (4%)
  • Operating costs (1%)