4 out of 5 people in developing countries live with a blindness-causing vision condition that is either treatable or preventable. This means that millions of people who are blind don’t need to be – in many cases, a simple operation can restore sight, or a dose of antibiotics can prevent blindness. They live with blindness because they cannot access quality inclusive eye health care.
Since 1978, OPC has worked to ensure the human right to sight. We do this by:
- Sharing knowledge and training human resources in ophthalmology
- Establishing and/or strengthening eye care programs in French-speaking African countries
- Empowering local teams of eye health care professionals
- Implementing processes to ensure the sustainability of eye health activities
OPC supports local research, treatment and cures programs that provide quality comprehensive and inclusive eye health care to communities in Francophone Africa. When people can see, they can go to work, start businesses, continue their studies in school, take care of their families and live more productive lives that contribute to breaking the cycle of poverty in developing countries.
OPC develops programs in collaboration with partner countries and their Ministries of Health, which have ownership of all programs and are responsible for their implementation. We also work with partners on the local and regional levels to ensure that the communities actively participate and take ownership of eye health programs every step of the way.
You can help the Organization for the Prevention of Blindness empower through sight in Francophone Africa.
Consider making a gift today. Gifts by check can be made out to KBFUS with “American Friends of OPC” in the memo section. Please send checks to KBFUS:
10 Rockefeller Plaza, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10020.
Or make your gift by credit card online here:
At the Organization for the Prevention of Blindness (OPC), we chose to be a “glass house” to explain where every dollar goes. We owe it to you. Of every dollar we spend, 95 cents goes to preserving and restoring eyesight of the world’s most vulnerable people.