This stage, planned by the partners (the Ministries of Health, often the civil society in a given country and OPC), allows to
This step is done through a technical visit of an OPC team member followed by a national workshop supported by OPC. The purpose of this workshop is to come up with a draft program of interventions and determine the priorities of locations and level of intervention.
All OPC programs must end with a final evaluation led by independent experts while accounting and finances are audited by an independent entity. The final report approved by the independent experts and in accordance with the partners’ agreed upon recommendations is made available to the donor(s), the experts and auditors and to the partners.
According to the International Agency for Blindness Prevention latest compiled data, 253 million people are visually impaired, including 36 million blind people. The risk of blindness is 5 to 10 times higher in the developing world than in industrialized countries, and 90% of blind people live in a developing country.
Because of demographic growth and aging populations, the blindness/visual impairment statistics are at risk of tripling and doubling respectively by 2050. OPC is fighting so that this will not happen, because sustainable solutions exist to preserve a person’s right to sight.
Regardless of age, women are most at risk of blindness. When women are given quality eye care and access to sight saving surgeries, it impacts not only their lives but that of their families.
Young daughters won’t have to drop out of school to become caregivers. Women can continue their livelihoods, earning an income for their family.
Providing glasses could offer normal sight to millions of children suffering from problems like myopia and astigmatism and allow them to have a normal education.
When children complete school, they enter their communities as better equipped adults. Help break the cycle of poverty and contribute to social and economic development, empowering individuals through sustainable access to sight.
Of every dollar we spend, 95 cents goes to preserving and restoring eyesight of the world’s most vulnerable people.