“The Alliance to Fight Avoidable Blindness” Campaign continues in 2019
Azerbaijan International Development Agency (AIDA) within the partnership with Islamic Development Bank (IDB) implemented next “The Alliance to Fight Avoidable Blindness” (AFAB) campaign in N’Djamena, Melfi, and Adre regions of Chad along with Magariya, Malachi, Maine-Soroa, and Diffa regions of Niger during 2019. As a result of the campaign, with the participation of the national eye sight control programs of Chad and Niger as well as Nadi Al Bassar and Technical Cooperation Agency of Tunisia, 22800 people have undertaken ophthalmologic examinations and 3276 patients, who have partially or fully lost their eye sight, have restored their vision as a consequence of cataract surgeries.
AIDA joined “The Alliance to Fight Avoidable Blindness” campaign undertaken in certain African countries that are members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation since 2012 and is currently a strategic partner of Islamic Development Bank in this program.
In the first stage of program during 2009-2016, over 300 thousand people have been examined for free in 11 African countries, above 56 thousand people, who have partially or fully lost their eye sight, have restored vision as a consequence of cataract surgeries, and 177 local doctors have benefited from professional trainings organized during the program for improving their professionalism. The doctors of the National Center of Ophthalmology named after Academician Zarifa Aliyeva have also participated in eye surgeries during the first stage of the program.
The second stage of the campaign that will be held in the following 5 years started in 2018. Within 5 years, the campaign plans undertaking surgery of over 100 thousand people across 12 African countries, providing eye examinations and optical glasses to over 1 million students, and improving the professionalism of 90 local doctors.