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One-time project since the creation of IRIS Mundial

Gabon - Update 2020

The one-time project that was scheduled for November 2020 had to be postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. We hope to be able soon to carry out this mission which should take us to Gabon. We will be able to share the story of our wonderful adventure!

2018 - Saint-Louis, Senegal

From November 18 to December 1, 2018, IRIS Mundial volunteers went to Senegal to provide eye care to the community of St-Louis.

What is it about?
  • WHAT: group mission in which a multidisciplinary team travel to provide a first experience in ophthalmic services (eye exams, pairs of glasses, medication and sometimes surgeries) to disadvantaged people
  • DURATION: 1 to 2 weeks
  • WHERE: in a developing country, more precisely in a region where no visual service is available
  • OBJECTIVE: to examine between 1,800 and 2,000 patients
  • BY WHOM: 25 volunteers; ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians, medical doctors, nurses, logisticians and other professionals.
Preparation of a one-time project

A lot of upstream work has to be done to realize and organize a project of this scale. Usually, an IRIS Mundial representative must be sent on-site to carry out an exploratory mission and obtain the majority of the information needed. When all the conditions are met, four mission managers create a committee to establish timelines and start implementing the next steps:

  • Send a call for applications to recruit the members of the team;
  • Organize used glasses preparation workshops at the warehouse to build a bank of more than 6,000 pairs of glasses;
  • Contact suppliers to obtain ocular and systemic medications, as well as surgical equipment if the project entails a surgical aspect;
  • Prepare the mission trays with the pairs of glasses, but also the ophthalmological equipment, as well as all the logistical material necessary for the mission;
  • Work with the local partner on procedures for obtaining official authorizations to realize the mission as well as the licence to practise for professionals, etc.;
  • Create and provide an intercultural pre-departure training for volunteers;

2017 - Cañete, Peru

From October 21 to 29, 2017, IRIS Mundial volunteers went to the Ernesto Mispireta Valdivia polyclinic in Peru to provide eye care to the community of Canete.

2016 - Miragôane, Haiti

From April 26 to May 3, 2016, IRIS Mundial volunteers went to the Miragoâne Ste-Therese Hospital in Haiti to provide eye care to this community.

2013 - Gônave Island, Haiti

From January 9 to 16, 2013, IRIS Mundial volunteers went to the Island of Gonâve in Haiti to provide eye care to the community of Anse-à-Galets.

2009 - Labrousse, Haiti

From October 20 to 27, 2009, a team of 35 IRIS Mundial volunteers travelled to Labrousse and Miragoane on a four day mission.

2009 - Cajamarca, Peru

From May 4 to 15, 2009, IRIS Mundial volunteers went to Peru to provide eye care to the community of Cajamarca.

2008 - Cajamarca, Peru

This mission of IRIS Mundial in Peru took place from November 3 to 15, 2008 at the Cajamarca Regional Hospital, in a city nestled on the high plateaus of the Andes Cordillera in Northern Peru, at an altitude of 2700 meters. 

2007 - Caraz, Peru

35 Canadian volunteers took part in a humanitarian campaign in Caraz in the Ancash region of Peru (central Andean zone), May 2 to 6, 2007.

2006 - Kétou, Benin

For the second time, a team of IRIS Mundial volunteers took off for Benin, where they stayed from January 8 to 22, 2006.

2006 - Marcará and Huaras, Peru

From May 1 to 13, 2006, volunteers from IRIS Mundial worked alongside members of the Independencia-Huaraz Rotary Club in order to conduct the sixth IRIS Mundial ophthalmology campaign in Peru.

2005 - Huari, Peru

From May 23 to June 5, 2005, IRIS Mundial volunteers went to Peru to provide eye care to the community of Huari.

Projects in 2005

  • Monastery of Menri, India

  • Ajacuba-Tlaxcoapan, Mexico

  • Huari, Peru

Projects in 2004

  • Iquitos, Peru

  • Huaraz, Peru

  • Natitingou, Benin

Projects in 2003

  • Terrier-Rouge, Haiti

  • Labrousse, Haiti

Projects in 2002

  • Huaraz, Peru

  • Ajacuba-Tlaxcoapan, Mexico

Projects in 2001

  • Huaraz, Peru
  • Labrousse, Haiti

  • Pachuca, Mexico