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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

Construction is close to completion on the Magrabi–ICO Cameroon Eye Institute (MICEI) in Yaoundé, the first not-for-profit subspecialty and training eye hospital in the Central Africa Region, and the Institute will be operational in early 2017.

A strong team is being built, with recruitment of the hospital CEO and other senior management. Key staff members have been participating in training facilitated by the Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology in India, with the aim of transferring knowledge derived from successful eye care delivery models.

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

The Institute is being 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

Magrabi–ICO Cameroon Eye Institute ophthalmologists and staff members undergoing training at Aravind Eye Care System, Madurai, India, in September 2015.

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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.

Your donation of $1,000, $200, or any amount of your choosing will help provide the final elements the Institute still needs in order to begin its work, such as the following:

  • Outfitting for the operating theatre and examination rooms;
  • Diagnostic equipment and surgical lasers and instruments; and
  • Material and resources needed to launch the Institute’s inaugural training and outreach programs.

You can contribute 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 nearly-completed Magrabi–ICO Cameroon Eye Institute, seen here in September 2015, will train regional ophthalmologists using state-of-the-art equipment. Main structure with outpatient, surgery and inpatient facilities (right). Community Outreach facility (left).

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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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