The Global Eye Care Program works to eliminate preventable blindness. We are inspired by the World Health Organization’s VISION 2020 program to help eliminate preventable blindness. Using a public health approach to blindness and vision loss, we target underserved populations by partnering to strengthen existing local eye care providers. We systematically assess, plan, implement and evaluate programs in ways that are culturally sensitive and relevant. We are disciplined in fostering sustainability in all our work.
The program divides its efforts equally to meet local needs and those in other countries and works to develop collaborations that support and strengthen existing resources. The GEC program has three main activities, to:
serve – medical and surgical missions;
teach – local personnel and engage in residency and fellowship training; and
discover – research needs and ways to best meet them.