How does Eye Care Foundation work?
Through its eye care projects the Eye Care Foundation strengthens local capacity by facilitating training (at all levels), improves infrastructure by building eye clinics and donates ophthalmic equipment. In addition, the Eye Care Foundation finances cataract operations, eye exams for the elderly and schoolchildren as well as prescription eye glasses. The support of the Eye Care Foundation is most effective when local networks of Eye Centres are built with well-trained local staff and volunteers, high quality equipment and good housing. The goal is to promote these networks by means of project support. Over time the networks must be able to support themselves financially and acquire enough expertise and experience to function independently. It is fundamental to integrate locally to ensure sustainability, consistency and quality.
The head office is located in The Netherlands and directs general support and medical management to the project partners of the Eye Care Foundation through the field offices in Nepal, Vietnam and Cambodia. This enables local partners to become increasingly independent in organizing and implementing the necessary eye care. The involvement of Dutch ophthalmologists, who support the projects in the capacity of medical advisors on a volunteer basis, is crucial. Amsterdam office employees regularly visit the projects for regional and national consultation with other eye care organizations and to supervise the projects.