GLOBAL: IV World Congress of the IEF Society of Eye Surgeons is held in Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting was opened by Kenya’s President Daniel arap Moi and included IAPB’s founder Sir John Wilson and Lady Jean Wilson, and the distinguished US ophthalmologist Prof. Harold G. Scheie.
BELIZE: IEF supports Dr. Victoriano Valdez in Belize to train as an ophthalmologist in Guatemala and equipped his new eye clinic when he returned to Belize.
ETHIOPIA & MALAWI: Established the first Ophthalmic Assistant Training Programs at the Menelik Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi.
GHANA: IEF establishes a countrywide blindness prevention program in Ghana in collaboration with Prof. C.O. Quarcoopome and the Ministry of Health.
IVORY COAST: IEF establishes an eye care training program for health instructors from 20 nations.
ST. LUCIA: Dr. John Distler is posted by IEF to the Victoria Hospital Eye Clinic in the capital Castries in the Caribbean 1981-1982