"Alliance to fight avoidable blindness" campaign in African countries
There are more than 40 million people who completely and over 300 million people who partially lost their eyesight worldwide. In Africa, due to the cost and shortage of ophthalmologists, not everyone can afford the treatment and recover their sight.
In this regard, guided by the UN Sustainable Development Goal 3, AIDA pays special attention to the healthcare sector and within the frame of strategic cooperation with the İslamic Development Bank, successfully promotes good health and well-being through the campaign on "Alliance to fight avoidable blindness" carried out in Africa.
During the first phase of the campaign (2009-2016), overall more than 300,000 people were examined and more than 56,000 people who completely or partially lost their ability to see restored their vision through free sight-restoring cataract operations held in Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Djibouti, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Libya, Mozambique, Mali and Niger. 177 local ophthalmologists were engaged to capacity-building trainings during the campaign.
The second phase of the programme that would last 5 years started in 2017.