Aim of the association :
The OPC is an international NGO for solidarity in public eye health and an expert in ophthalmology. It fights to preserve sight in a large number of the poorest french-speaking countries in the developing world and in France. Thanks to OPC, millions of people do not lose their sight or can recover it and are able to continue their social, professional and personal lives while remaining independent and free.
- To research, promote, and prevent diseases that cause visual impairments and blindness
- To contribute to the provision of services in the field of eye health and prevention of blindness, and to encourage all other initiatives in this area
- To carry out studies on the causes of visual impairment, to address these findings and to make use of them in our projects
- To organize and run eye care programs in order to educate the public about the magnitude and severity of blindness
- To develop human resources in the eye care field
Gifts usage :
« river blindness » (onchocerciasis)
we are well on the way to eliminating this disease after 30 years of fighting it. More than 3.8 million people have been protected in 7,582 villages in 4 African countries (Congo, Guinea, Mali, Senegal) and thus will not go blind. Local populations are returning to the richest and most fertile land.
9 800 patients operated on have recovered their sight
trichiasis (complication of trachoma) and glaucoma
roughly 1 000 patients operated on (in our ocular health centres put in place in 7 countries) who will not lose their sight.
purulent neo-natal conjunctivitis
- prevention and care of all newborns threatened by neonatal conjunctivitis in 4 African countries, through a primary ocular health care approach
- the support of 13 ocular care centres: 1000,000 ophthalmic consultations carried out
- 1,000 traditional midwives trained and supplied with antibiotic ointment
- 16 specialist nurses trained to administer emergency treatment to affected babies
- community network of over 13,800 village community volunteers, in the most isolated villages, for mass screening to diagnose visual impairment early on
- 393 nurses and 80 general practitioners trained in primary ocular health care
- 2 bursaries awarded to those specialising in ophthalmology
- 29 TSO and ISO specialist nurses in ophthalmology in 3 countries (Chad, Niger and Union of the Comoros), 17 of them have returned to their post after obtaining their degree
- the creation of a course of study for TSO (specialist ophthalmic technician) in the Central African Republic