Blantyre Institute for Community Ophthalmology (BICO) is a Malawian charitable organisation with the mission of contributing to the prevention and control of blindness in Malawi and neighbouring countries in the Southern part of Africa, with a particular interest in Trachoma. The strength of BICO lies in conducting operational research in Trachoma which includes Trachoma mapping and impact surveys. BICO is involved as an implementing partner in a multicentre Trachoma study exploring child mortality reduction after MDA with Zithromax.
The African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) is Africa’s largest International Health INGO. Founded in 1957 as the Flying Doctors of East Africa to provide critical health care to remote communities in East Africa, AMREF’s vision is for “lasting health change in Africa”. With a focus on women and children, AMREF works with the most vulnerable African communities to achieve lasting health change and implements the full SAFE strategy for trachoma control.
As part of its neglected disease prevention work, The Carter Center seeks to eliminate blinding trachoma. In partnership with Lions Clubs International Foundation, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Pfizer Inc, International Trachoma Initiative, and ministries of health, the Center helps implement the SAFE strategy—surgery, antibiotics, face and hand washing, and environmental hygiene.www.cartercenter.org
CBM supports a comprehensive SAFE strategy with expertise in trichiasis surgery and antibiotics distribution. CBM is mainly active in Ethiopia, Pakistan, India, Tanzania, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Kenya, China, Cameroon, and Nigeria. CBM is also involved in water and sanitation programs, working in partnership with other organizations.www.cbm.org
Eyes of the World trains local doctors and contributes to technical knowledge; conducts eye health campaigns about hygiene and early detection of disease; provides medical equipment and material to healthcare centers; contributes to the improvement of management systems and procedures for eye health; and raises public awareness about the lack of ophthalmological services in the poorest countrieswww.ullsdelmon.org
The Fred Hollows Foundation is an independent international non-government development organisation established in Australia in 1992. We provide technical and financial support to partners to overcome avoidable blindness everywhere. We focus on strengthening health systems and local capacity to prevent and treat cataract, refractive error, trachoma and diabetic retinopathy in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Australia and the Pacific. We are committed to the Global Elimination of Trachoma by 2020 through the WHO endorsed SAFE strategy.The Fred Hollows Foundation
Helen Keller International (HKI) is known for sustainability, reliability, efficiency, and the highest level of technical expertise in preventing blindness and reducing malnutrition. HKI is headquartered in New York City, and has programs in 21 countries in Africa and Asia as well as in the United States.www.hki.org
The IAPB’s first major achievement was to promote the establishment of a WHO program for the prevention of blindness, with which it has remained strongly linked, and which is now embodied in the global initiative, VISION 2020: The Right to Sight.www.iapb.org/
KCCO provides assistance through programs, training, and research in the following countries: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Seychelles, Madagascar, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Malawi, and DRC (partnership with The Carter Center for research in Mali and Niger).www.kcco.net
The Organisation pour la Prévention de la Cécité works to support the prevention of blindness in France and in developing countries. OPC's activities include prevention and treatment of ocular morbidity and in France OPC also collaborates with rehabilitative centers for people with low vision. OPC provides technical and financial support to many Francophone countries around the world, including combating onchocerciasis and trachoma and providing cataract surgery and primary care.Organisation pour la Prévention de la Cécité (OPC)
The University of Melbourne has launched the Indigenous Eye Health Program to tackle eye health issues in Australia's indigenous communities. The program is spearheaded by Professor Hugh Taylor AC, a world leader in trachoma research who says the blinding eye disease can be eradicated with concerted effort.University of Melbourne Indigenous Eye Health Program
The Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology, part of the Wilmer Eye Institute, is a joint collaboration of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and The Bloomberg School of Public Health. Established in 1979, the Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology is dedicated to improving knowledge of risk factors for ocular disease and public health approaches to the prevention of these diseases and their ensuing visual impairment and blindness worldwide. The activities of the Dana Center include Fellowship Training, Faculty Research, and International Research and Training.Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins
The mission of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice.London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine