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Date ICO Member Headline Topic Subspecialty Region
May 2, 2017 First Nonprofit Subspecialty Eye Hospital and Training Institute Opens in Francophone Africa

Dedicated to delivering comprehensive, high-quality, and affordable eye care and to training ophthalmologists and allied ophthalmic personnel, the Magrabi-ICO Cameroon Eye Institute (MICEI) in Yaoundé was officially inaugurated on March 29, 2017.

MICEI is the first not-for-profit subspecialty and training eye hospital in the Central Africa Region and offers services––independent of a patient’s ability to pay––for cataract, glaucoma, retina and vitreous surgery, pediatric ophthalmology, cornea, refractive surgery, orbit and oculoplastic surgery, and neuro-ophthalmology.

In conjunction with the University of Yaoundé, MICEI will offer hands-on training to educate the eye care experts of tomorrow for Cameroon and the region. The Institute is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and is operated in accordance with the strictest international standards.

Prime Minister Philemon Yang presided over the inauguration on behalf of the President of Cameroon and recognized the critical contributions of the primary donor, chairman of the Africa Eye Foundation, and leader of the project Dr. Akef el-Maghraby; MICEI Chief Executive Officer Prof. Daniel Etya’ale; and MICEI Medical Director Dr. Henry Nkumbe.

Also participating were government ministers, and representatives from key partners, such as the ICO, CBM, The Fred Hollows Foundation, Latham & Watkins, Lions Club, Orbis, Seeing is Believing, Sightsavers, Thea Foundation, and the University of Yaoundé 1, as well as ophthalmic industry.

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May 2, 2017 Working Together to End Trachoma by 2020

Can we eliminate trachoma by 2020? Cautious optimism was in the air at the April 2017 Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) summit in Geneva, Switzerland. Hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO), attendees included Bill Gates, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, and other leaders in the field, including ICO Board members.

“If we are able to operate on all the patients with trichiasis and prevent them from developing new corneal scarring and blindness, we would end all new cases of blindness from trachoma by 2020,” said ICO President Prof. Hugh Taylor, a featured speaker at the summit.

With this once in a lifetime opportunity to end a major blinding eye disease, the ICO has asked each national ophthalmic society in a country where trachoma is still present to eliminate trichiasis in the next three years by looking at the trichiasis surgery programs in their country and doing whatever they can to mobilize ophthalmologists and harness the necessary resources.


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May 2, 2017 ICO’s Declaration on Trachoma and Trichiasis Surgery

Trachoma affects approximately 150 million people worldwide, and the ICO is dedicated to its eradication. The ICO outlined this commitment in our 2009 Bahrain Declaration on Trachoma and Trichiasis Surgery. The declaration builds on the ICO’s long history of leadership in the prevention of trachomatous blindness: 

  • The organization that became the ICO grew out of actions in 1857 to address the problem of trachoma in Europe. 
  • In 1928, the ICO led international efforts to focus on trachoma around the world. 
  • The ICO is a founding member of the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness. 
  • The ICO is a partner in VISION 2020: The Right to Sight. 
  • ICO President Prof. Hugh Taylor literally wrote the book on trachoma.

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