GLOBAL: A USAID grant supports SightReach® Management to assist its first seven eye hospitals in six countries in Africa, India, Latin America, and the Middle East.
EGYPT: IEF provides technical assistance to develop the management and financial sustainability plan for the charity side of the new Magrabi Eye Hospital in Cairo which includes establishing a wet-lab to train eye surgeons in microsurgical techniques.
GUATEMALA: IEF supports Visualiza in Guatemala City, one of the first seven eye hospitals to adopt IEF’s sustainability model. IEF transforms Visualiza from a small, 2-room strictly private eye clinic in a shopping mall moving it to a house that is built out as an eye hospital with a charity side, a private side, and its own operating theatre. In 2005, Visualiza becomes an “IEF Regional Training Center”. Visualiza moves again in 2007 to create a large, 2-story eye hospital and supports IEF to mentor other eye hospitals in the Latin America and Caribbean region.
MALAWI: IEF establishes optical shops at the Lions SightFirst Eye Hospital in Lilongwe and the Blantyre Lions Eye Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, and provides technical assistance and funding to introduce plans that create efficiencies to reduce dependence on government funds and donations.
TANZANIA: Dr. Susan Lewallen and Dr. Paul Courtright who established the new Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology in Moshi join IEF’s SightReach® Management sustainability network receiving a grant to help streamline the medical records system at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre on the same campus.