"Alliance to fight avoidable blindness" campaign in African countries
Azerbaijan International Development Agency (AIDA) within the framework of the strategic partnership with Islamic Development Bank (IDB) participates in the next stage of “The Alliance to Fight Avoidable Blindness” (AFAB) campaign that started in 2018 and will be held in the following 5 years. Within this context, the campaign aims to conduct cataract surgeries and eye examinations, to establish examination centers and to train local doctors across 12 African countries.
During September-December 2018, as a result of this campaign, 5.867 people, who completely or partially lost their ability to see, restored their vision through free sight-restoring cataract surgeries and 25 ophthalmologists from 12 countries were engaged in capacity-building training programs.
During 2019, AFAB campaign conducted with the collaboration of the National Blindness Control Programs of Chad and Niger as well as of Nadi Al Bassar Foundation and Technical Cooperation Agency of Tunisia. As a result of the campaign, 22.800 people undertook ophthalmologic examinations and 3.276 people, who completely or partially lost their ability to see, restored their vision through cataract surgeries.
AIDA has joined “The Alliance to Fight Avoidable Blindness” since 2012. In the first stage of the program during 2009-2016 over 300.000 people were examined for free in 11 African countries, above 56.000 people, who completely or partially lost their ability to see, restored their vision through cataract surgeries, and 177 local doctors have benefited from capacity-building trainings. The doctors of the National Center of Ophthalmology named after Academician Zarifa Aliyeva also participated in cataract surgeries during the first stage of the program.