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.

Our mission

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