Eye Care Project – Eye Festival


Story: The Eye Care Foundation (ECF) aims to prevent and cure avoidable blindness and visual impairment in Nepal, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Tanzania and to assist the poorest people for whom medical care is inaccessible or unaffordable.

In Vietnam, ECF has contributed to build eye care capacity since 1993. ECF works on curative and preventive care in Vietnam and its goals are to improve eye care quality and to reduce the backlog with regard to cataract operations.

Problem: Lack of training for health volunteers and school nurses, lack of instruments to provide comprehensive eye care services.

Solution: To organize an “Eye Care Festival” where instruments and equipment for the establishment of  Vision Centers are donated, ophthalmological specialists in various levels at the governmental health organization are trained along with commune health volunteers and school nurses in primary eye care so they can more easily recognize eye problems. The festival will also provide eye screening for schoolchildren and elderly in the remote areas, providing them with spectacles or referring them to an eye clinic and help to raise awareness for local people on the importance of having good eyesight.