While promoting autonomy in terms of eye care in developing countries, IRIS Mundial seeks to establish permanent eye care services and aligns its management with local partners in respect to cultures and structures of the country. Eager to offer visual services throughout the year in Haiti, IRIS Mundial has implemented two “Programs for the Prevention and Fight against Blindness (PPFB)” that aims to make available a quality eye care system to the most disadvantaged population located in isolated areas.
The program has three major elements:
- To offer a permanent eye care program to the population and collect statistical data: to facilitate access to the ophthalmologic clinic and continuously collect statistical data on the main causes of blindness and vision impairment in the area;
- To provide primary eye care: to conduct vision screenings at the ophthalmologic clinic, in mobile clinics and in schools in the area, to provide eye care awareness sessions and ensure the sale of eyewear;
- To provide secondary and tertiary eye care: to refer the patients who require further treatment to the ophthalmologic clinic where an ophthalmologist will examine them once a month; and to offer a free eye surgery in a partner clinic to 15 patients.
These permanent programs help to reduce blindness prevalence and vision impairment among impoverished people, thereby they improve their quality of life and their participation in the socio-economic development of their community. For example, the reduction of vision impairments favors employment opportunities and productivity. In addition, it lowers the economic burden this impairment causes to their families. The impact on children is very significant because 80% of learning goes through vision. Therefore, the importance of an adequate vision must be considered as a key factor regarding education and learning.
The field teams are working tirelessly to enable thousands of people each year to experience better vision. For the results of our programs in Haiti:
PPFB LABROUSSE PPFB LIMBÉ
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