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Regional Training Centers

To decrease avoidable visual impairment and blindness, the ICO and the ICOFoundation work with other ophthalmic, public service, and industry organizations to build ophthalmology training and eye care centers.

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 Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute

The Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute (MICEI) in Yaoundé is the first not-for-profit subspecialty and training eye hospital in the Central Africa Region. It opened officially on 29 March 2017 with an inaugural ceremony.

In addition to training the next generation of eye health leaders, MICEI provides high-quality subspecialty services and outreach programs to marginalized populations in Cameroon and outlying areas, ideally reducing the need to send patients abroad. MICEI uses subsidized fee system to make comprehensive eye care services accessible, affordable, and inclusive.

The Institute was built and developed by the Magrabi Foundation, the ICO, and the “That Every Life May Count Foundation” with formal affiliations with the Department of Ophthalmology of the University of Yaoundé and the Cameroon Ministry of Health. The project is supported by Seeing is Believing, CBM, Orbis, Fred Hollows Foundation, ICO Foundation together with support from key industry manufacturers and suppliers.

Magrabi–ICO Cameroon Eye Institute ophthalmologists and staff members

Cameroon Prime Minister, His Excellency Philemon Yang (left) congratulates Professor Daniel Etya'ale, CEO of MICEI (right) and Dr. Akef El-Maghraby (center), primary donor, at the MICEI Inaugural Ceremony on 29 March 2017.

Magrabi–ICO Cameroon Eye Institute ophthalmologists and staff members

Akef Al-Maghraby discusses MICEI's state-of-the-art equipment with Dr. Henry Nkumbe, Medical Director of MICEI.

Magrabi–ICO Cameroon Eye Institute ophthalmologists and staff members

Dr. Nkumbe gives His Excellency Philemon Yang a tour of MICEI, followed by (from right to left) Cameroon Minister of Health André Mama Fouda, Akef El-Maghraby, and Prof. Daniel Etya'ale.

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ICOFoundation Support

The ICO provides financial support to the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute project through grants from the ICOFoundation, which are made possible by generous contributions from many individuals.

You can be part of the exciting initiative by making a contribution by cheque, wire transfer, or through our online payment system by choosing “Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute” in the pop-down menu:

The Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute will fill a crucial gap in sustained ophthalmic training and eye care in Cameroon and French-speaking Central West Africa, thus restoring vision and preventing blindness for generations of people to come.

Please join us in supporting this essential ophthalmic training and service center for Francophone Africa.

The nearly-completed Magrabi–ICO Cameroon Eye Institute The Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute, completed in March 2017, will train regional ophthalmologists using state-of-the-art equipment through outpatient, surgery, inpatient, and community outreach facilities.

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Past Regional Training Centers

Past regional training centers have been supported by the ICO and ICOFoundation in Beijing, China; Ibadan, Nigeria; and Ljubljana, Slovenia.


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