What is AFAB?
AFAB was set up to eradicate avoidable blindness in 57 OIC Member countries, through raising awareness on avoidable blindness, building human and organizational capacities, mobilizing resources to support treatment campaigns and activities, and conducting treatment and sight restoring operations in vulnerable communities. AFAB offers a comprehensive, easily searchable list of campaigns and activities on avoidable blindness taking place in 13 countries in Africa: Burkina Faso, Chad, Comoros, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Somalia and Togo.
To live without vision is to live without education, employment and independence. As a result, millions remain trapped in a cycle of poverty. On a national scale, this puts a huge strain on a country’s economy, and is a major obstacle to development. The program was launched in 2008 by the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), with the aim of building a coalition of partners to address these challenges.
Is to eliminate the main causes of all preventable and treatable blindness with our network of partners
First Generation 2008 - 2015
177+Eye-care specialists trained
49,486Women, men and childeren received cataract surgeries free of charge
244,197Patients received free eye care consultations
US $6m +in grant resources raised from partners
Second Generation 2019 - 2023
Treatment & Capacity Development Targets
90+ Eye Care specialists to be trained
1.000.000 Children to be screened for URE and provided with glasses if required
100.000 Cataract surgeries to be performed
20 + 20 Scholarships for medical doctors and nurses to specialize in ophthalmology
at least 3 Regional centers to be strengthened through capacity development of faculty, scholarships and e-learning
4 coutries Establish national intervention programs on uncorrected refractive error in 4 selected member countries
6 Glaucoma treatment centers to be developped
Initiate diabetic retinopathy programs in selected member countries