THE GLOBAL BURDEN OF VISION IMPAIRMENT

(source: IAPB Vision Atlas, 2017).

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BILLION PEOPLE HAVE NEAR VISION IMPAIRMENT
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MILLION PEOPLE ARE DISTANCE VISUALLY IMPAIRED
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MILLION PEOPLE ARE BLIND

HOW DO WE TACKLE BLINDNESS AND VISUAL IMPAIRMENT?

OPC develops programs in collaboration with partner countries and their ministries of health, which have ownership of all programs and are responsible for implementation. OPC fights blindness and empowers underserved communities.

Comprehensive Eye Care Program

Through the comprehensive eye care (CEC) program, OPC combines comprehensive eye exams [series of quality tests and examination conducted with a patient with a vision problem] and comprehensive eye services [eye health promotion, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all relevant eye diseases and rehabilitation of those with irreversible blindness and low vision] within the existing health system. We do this by:

  • Training health personnel at the different levels of the health system
  • Improving the referral system
  • Improving existing infrastructures
  • Installing mechanisms that will guarantee quality and sustainability
  • Focusing on the prevention of eye diseases through education and awareness

As a result, people get eye exams, glasses, and surgeries including and not limited to cataract at an affordable cost. Health professionals get a better work environment and are more likely to remain in their positions and flourish.

we are committed to 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.

Of every dollar we spend, 92 cents goes to preserving and restoring eyesight of the world’s most vulnerable people.

  • Programs (92%)
  • Fundraising costs (6%)
  • Operating costs (2%)
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases Program

    OPC’s Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) program is multi-faceted according to the disease. For all NTDs, projects include supporting target countries to map disease burden, gain access to donated NTD drugs, train community drug distributors, distribute drugs, and monitor and evaluate program performance and impact.

    To fight trachoma, OPC’s program also includes training ophthalmic nurses to standardized surgical procedures, and to plan, collaborate with local stakeholders to raise awareness in local communities about personal and general hygiene and to improve environmental conditions.

    As a result of OPC’s actions, people receive the treatments they need to stop disease transmission and surgeries to preserve their vision from unrecovered loss of sight.

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    Treatments provided for 5 NTDs over 10 years

    OPC’s impact continues long after its project supervision comes to an end after 2-3 years. The ophthalmic training and knowledge shared, health systems strengthened, and the surgical centers equipped continue to serve and benefit thousands of more people each year. We are proud that beyond our direct impact, the results of our projects continue to grow sustainably under Ministries of Health ownership.

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    OPHTHALMIC CONSULTATIONS OCCURRED
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    SURGERIES
    PROVIDED
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    FULLY EQUIPPED SUSTAINABLE SURGICAL CENTERS
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    FULLY EQUIPPED SUSTAINABLE HEALTH CENTERS

    NTD program: Treatments provided to 7 million people between 2007 and 2017

  • Trachoma (8,021,090 treatments)
  • Onchocerciasis (29,802,730 treatments)
  • Lymphatic Filariasis (6,121,646 treatments)
  • Schistosomiasis (2,246,018 treatments)
  • Soil Transmitted Helminthiasis (1,425,622 treatments)
  • KEY IMPACT FIGURES FOR 2017

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    PEOPLE BENEFITED FROM OPC-SUPPORTED PROGRAMS
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    PEOPLE RECEIVED TREATMENTS FOR ONCHOCERCIASIS AND LYMPHATIC FILARIASIS IN CONGO AND CHAD
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    PEOPLE RECEIVED ANTIBIOTIC TREATMENTS FOR TRACHOMA CONTROL IN CHAD AND THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
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    SCHOOLCHILDREN RECEIVED TREATMENTS FOR SCHISTOSOMIASIS AND SOIL-TRANSMITTED HELMINTHIASES IN CONGO AND CHAD
  • SURGICAL UNITS
  • NETWORK
  • OPC intends to expand its CEC program to Benin and Chad, which will bring the total number of sustainable health centers to 85, with 22 of them offering quality and affordable eye surgery.

    Help us preserve the sight of millions.

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    OPHTHALMOLOGICAL CONSULTATIONS IN THE FOREST AREAS OF GUINEA, MALI AND NIGER
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    COMPLICATIONS OF TRACHOMA WERE OPERATED IN CHAD
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    CATARACT SURGERIES WERE OPERATED ON IN CAMEROON, GUINEA, MALI AND NIGER WITH 92% OF CASES WITH A POSTOPERATIVE VISUAL ACUITY GREATER THAN 3/10
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    NATIONAL EYE HEALTH PROGRAMS IMPLEMENTED ACTIVITIES SUPPORTED BY THE OPC

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