PROGRAM FOR THE PREVENTION AND FIGHT AGAINST BLINDNESS (PPFB) in the intervention area of FODES-5
This program was created in collaboration with the local partner FODES-5 (Foundation for Economic and Social Development). Four phases have already been realized and one is in progress.
JUNE 2017 TO MAY 2018 - Pilot Project
Context: To sustain the program, IRIS Mundial and FODES worked together to implement a part-time pilot phase, where all nurses at the health center will be trained to provide vision screening to the population based on traffic.
Objective: To provide the FODES-5 population with a quality eye care system that is technically and financially sustainable and independent. There are 1200 people, who benefit from the program.
Budget : $ 17 525 CAN (volunteer participation included)
- 1180 vision screenings
- 201 ophthalmological consultations
- 8 eye surgeries
- 257 glasses distributed
OCTOBER 2015 TO SEPTEMBER 2016– Consolidation III
Context: The Program for the Prevention and Fight against Blindness in Labrousse has already been successful in the past and the team has a growing expertise in delivering eye care to the population. Now, IRIS Mundial wishes to implement new activities that will help to empower and sustain the program.
Objective: To provide the FODES-5 population with a quality eye care system that is technically and financially sustainable and independent. There are 3 750 people, including 1 750 school children who benefit from the program. The Health Center Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes Labrousse will be enabled to amalgamate the PPFB’S services to those of the center. New activities will be developed to better reach the population
Budget : $ 63 330 CAN
- 1544 vision screenings in schools
- 924 vision screenings to adults in mobile clinics
- 221 ophthalmological consultations
- 6 eye surgeries
- 166 glasses distributed
OCTOBER 2014 TO SEPTEMBER 2015 – Consolidation II
Context: The relevance of PPLC Labrousse is a success and the existing team did an outstanding job. More than 14 000 of the poorest in Haiti could receive quality eye care. Encouraged by these results, IRIS Mundial has decided to support the program for another year of consolidation.
Objective: To provide the FODES-5 population quality eye care. The program has 4,000 beneficiaries, including 3,000 school children. The Health Center Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes-de-Labrousse is the partner of IRIS Mundial and FODES-5 in this new agreement. In order to ensure the sustainability of the program, the PPFB’s activities will be integrated to the regular services provided by the Health Center Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes-de-Labrousse from now on.
Budget : $34 400 CAN
OCTOBER 2013 TO SEPTEMBER 2014 – Consolidation
Context : Three years after the beginning of the PPFB, the results are excellent and the objectives have been achieved. The team has gained more experience, enabling thousands of people in need to find a solution to their vision impairment and to prevent some diseases that can lead to blindness. The awareness and educational sessions that were held help to reduce the impact of vision impairment in these people’s life. Following these encouraging results, IRIS Mundial has decided to support the program for another year.
Main objective: To provide the FODES-5 population with quality eye care. To strengthen the achievements and ensure the program permanency and autonomy in collaboration with the local partner. For this year, there are 4,000 beneficiaries of the program, including 3,000 school children.
Budget : $34 400 CAN
- 2840 vision screenings in schools (including 201 teachers)
- 999 vision screenings to adults in mobile clinics
- 188 ophthalmological consultations
- 14 eye surgeries
OCTOBER 2010 TO SEPTEMBER 2013– Initial program
Context: Nippes Department is one of the most disadvantaged and neglected regions of Haiti due to insufficient economic resources, very high unemployment, geographical isolation, transportation difficulties, etc.. There was no ophthalmologic service in this department before the establishment of the PPFB in September 2010.
Main objective: To contribute to the elimination of the major causes of blindness in the FODES-5 area and to improve vision in targeted groups: 10,000 inhabitants including 5000 students.
Implementation: In October 2010, a team of IRIS Mundial volunteers trained the local team (a nurse and a mobilizer assistant) in the planning and delivering of educational sessions and conducted vision screening in mobile clinics and schools. A vision clinic was installed and equipped at the Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes-de Labrousse Health Center to provide ophthalmologic consultations.
Budget : $380 000 CAN
- 5960 vision screenings in schools
- 3636 vision screenings to adults in mobile clinics
- 785 ophthalmological consultations
- 75 eye surgeries (cataracts and pterygiums)
A comprehensive eyecare system is available and accessible: vision screenings, ophthalmological consultations, prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses, medications and eye surgeries. The statistical data on the major causes of blindness and vision impairment for the FODES-5 area are now available.
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