Mission: The international eye foundation (ief) seeks to elminate preventable and treatable blindness by building capacity for quality, comprehensive and sustainable eye care services worldwide.
Programs: Public health initiatives: in 2014, ief treated 1,045,532 people with mectizan to prevent river blindness in cameroon, west africa. Ief is the technical advisor for the usaid child blindness program 2013-2018 providing grants to support pediatric eye care programs around the world.
sustainability program: ief has assisted 46 eye care institutions in 21 countries in africa, asia, latin america and the middle east serving over a million people. Ief provides technical assistance and mentoring for business planning, management, systems and protocols. It also invests in capacity building and surgical training resulting in improved quality of services, efficiency, and productivity for cataract surgery, eye care for children, and optical services including the provsion of spectacles.
social enterprise: ief's sightreach surgical (srs) program increases access and reduces costs of new, modern ophthalmic technology and products for eye care providers in worldwide, especially developing countries. Srs also provides procurement consulting and advisory services to other eye care organizations.
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The IEF is an excellent small humanitarian NGO whose 30 year goal has been the prevention / reduction of blindness in the developing world. Ninety percent of all world blindness / low vision is in middle- income and low - income countries.
They have had amazing success with limited funds.They use their resources well. Would strongly recommend this eye NGO. They do great work.