OPC

OPC fights blindness
and empowers underserved

communities.

The Global Burden of
Vision Impairment

(source: IAPB vision atlas, 2017).

1.1 BILLION PEOPLE HAVE NEAR VISION IMPAIRMENT, SIMPLY DUE TO THE LACK OF GLASSES.

253 MILLION PEOPLE ARE DISTANCE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

36 MILLION
PEOPLE ARE BLIND

HOW DO WE TACKLE BLINDNESS
AND VISUAL IMPAIRMENT?

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.

You can help OPC empower millions of people through sight in Francophone Africa

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.

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.

48,000,000

Treatments provided for 5 NTDs over ten years

680000
ophthalmic consultations occurred
18
Fully equipped sustainable surgical centers
66
Fully equipped sustainable health centers
144000
surgeries provided

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

19
million people benefited from OPC-supported programs
5
million people received antibiotic treatments for trachoma control in Chad and the Central African Republic
65
thousand ophthalmological consultations in the forest areas of Guinea, Mali and Niger
10
thousand cataract surgeries were operated on in Cameroon, Guinea, Mali and Niger with 92% of cases with a postoperative visual acuity greater than 3/10
5
million people received treatments for onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis in Congo and Chad
4
million schoolchildren received treatments for schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiases in Congo and Chad
8
thousand complications of trachoma were operated in Chad
7
national eye health programs implemented activities supported by the OPC
  • 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.

My name is Idriss Gebal Ali. I am 60 years old and live in the village of Am Tchioko (Ouaddaï region, eastern Chad). I got the first symptoms of trachoma on my left eye four years ago. More precisely, I had watery, itching and rubbing eyes. I have been informed at the local market by a community relay that an outreach of trichiasis surgery was being implemented. The relay brought me to the health center. Then, I’ve been operated in April 2017. I did not suffer from any complication or recurrence after the operation. My brother have been also operated on his right eye. He also got good outcomes after the surgery. Nevertheless, my wife has still an ocular problem : I will bring her to the health center in order to treat her.  

Idriss Gebal Ali

My name is Abou Kadri Ahmat. I am 45 and coming from the village of Am Sinene (5 km far from Am Timan, southern Chad), where I grow crops. It has been more than 5 years that my both eyes are painful, crying and reddish, and it’s worst for my right eye. In my family, nobody has the same problem. This disease stops me to work properly on the field. The health agents told me that I was suffering from trachomatous trichiasis, that’s why they offerd me to get my both eyes operated. As they assured me that the pain will disappear, I accepted the surgery.

Abou Kadri Ahmat

My name is Acil Tom. I am 30 and also little brother of Haroun and Habibé. I got this disease  years ago. At the beginning I was thinking of a family curse, as everybody had this disease and as we would have become blind. We couldn’t work as much as when we were young (without symptoms of trachoma). As we live in a very remote village, which is far from any health center, a medical team came to operate us and we are very happy about that. Now, I know that trachoma is a curable disease and I want to thank the team that gave a new chance in life by enabling our family to get back to the field and get our crops.  

Acil Tom

My name is Habibé Tom and I am the little sister of Hassan. Before being operated, I was suffering from tearing every day and all day long. My eyes were tickling and, because of this disease, I was ashamed to stay with my friends. We were not understanding what was happening to us, as we live in the same plot. We have tried a traditionnal treatment but in vain. Now I am happy as I feel cured. I thank the team that came to operate us in our village.  

Habibé Tom

My name is Halimé Brahim, I am 38 and member of this family. The surgeons have operated my two eyes. Before that, I was thinking that there was no hope for me and that I will become blind. So I was hopeless. Since last week, you can see my whole family smiling again. I thank everybody that took part in the process making it possible.  

Halimé Brahim

My name is Halimé Abdelkerim and I am 37, from Haloua (Guera region, southern Chad). I felt my eyes tickling 7 years ago. After thes first symptoms, it was difficult for me to prepare the boule (millet-based paste) for my children and my husband. At the beginning, I was afraid to get operated so I was not sure to do it. But as my husband was planning to do so, he advised me to do it as well. Since last week, I am again able  to realize the domestic duties, such as sorting millet or groundnuts . I am happy again!  

Halimé Abdelkerim

My name is Haroun Tom. I am 40 and I have been operated from the right eye last week. I have suffering during 10 years as I was feeling a tingling which was quite inconvenient. I didn’t know that a treatment exists to get rid of this disease. Until last year, I was hindered annoyed to do my field activities and during the day-to-day life. Since I have been operated, my sight is good and I feel a huge relief, like the rest of my family. Indeed, five of us had trachoma. The whole family have been operated on the same day: my wife (Halimé Abdelkerim), my little brother (Acil Tom), my little sister (Habibé Tom) and my cousin (Halimé Brahim).  

Haroun Tom

My name is Karim Daouro, I am 55 and living in N’Djamena. I am currently in Bitkine (center of Chad) in order to implement trachoma prevalence surveys (TT Only survey). As an investigator, my mission is to know the scale of the trichiasis trachomatous in areas where the survey is implemented. It’s an important thing, because trachoma is a blinding disease to be eliminated by the year 2020. I began the surveys since 2013, after being validated with a test. So I am now an investigator of the Global Trachoma Mapping Project (GTMP). I believe that this activity occurs at the right time, as we noticed many people have already lost their sight. As trachoma is an avoidable blinding disease, we have to find strategies in order to prevent and control this disease. I think we are on the right path and I’m hopeful for the future.  

Karim Daouro

I am Nadjerom Konaye, 32 and student. I live in N’Djamena, but I am currently in Foulounga (Sahelian zone in Chad) for the Global Trachoma Mapping Project. After my studies, the National Program to combat Blindness invited me in 2014 to follow a training to become Data Entry Clerk. I passed the test and then the first survey began in Mayo Kebbi-Est (South west of Chad). Afterwards, I participated in the Global Trachoma Mapping Project for the northern regions of Borkou, Ennedi and Tibesti, and finally in Moyen-Chari (not far from N’Djamena). I am now quite specialized in this activity, as I did another survey in October 2016 in Salamat, and as I am currently doing a TT Only survey in the districts of Aboudeia and Haraze. It’s an honour for me to be a member of this team of investigators. All these surveys will enable me to know the scale and prevalence of trachoma in order to prevent and combat this disease.  

Nadjerom Konaye

My name is Issa Kourma. I am 60 years old and I live in the village of Ab-Saleh (southern Chad), where I grow my crops. It’s been a year that I began to feel a burn in both eyes, as well as a permanent tearing and pain. I first believed those pains were caused by the sun while I was working. But the pain was remaining even after the sunset. One of my friends gave me the advice to remove the hair from the eyelid from time to time. When I did it, pain was disappearing, but it was coming back a few weeks after. Some Health workers who came from Aboudeia have examinated me and told me that I had a trichiasis trachomatous, and that I needed a surgery. I have accepted that and it has been done. Now, I feel better and I don’t have any pain. That being said, my sight is still a bit blurred: the Health workers told me that I also have a cataract on both eyes.    There are many variations of passages of Lorem Ipsum available, but the majority have suffered alteration in some form, by injected humour, or randomised words.

Issa Kourma