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Prevention of Blindness and Visual Impairment, WHO Headquarters

Al Noor Foundation

Aravind Eye Care System

Chef International

Christian Blind Mission (CBM)

Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS)

Ebsar Foundation

Federation of Islamic Medical Association (FIMA)

Fred Hollows Foundation

IHH Foundation for Human Right, Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief

International Council of Ophthalmology

International Islamic Relief Organization

International Trachoma Initiative

L V Prasad Eye Institute

Lighthouse International

Lions Clubs International

Middle East African Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO)

National Eye Centre, Mogadishu

ORBIS International

Patients Helping Fund Society-State of Kuwait

Rotary International 

Seva Foundation


Sightsavers International

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

The International Centre for Eye Health

The Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trust


Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital, Pakistan

King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, Saudi Arabia

Ophthalmic Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Islamic Republic of Iran


Prevention of Deafness and Hearing Impairment, WHO Headquarters

World Wide Hearing

Statistics and figures

  • Over 23 million people are visually impaired in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, of whom 5 million people are blind
  • 80% of blindness is avoidable (treatable and/or preventable)
  • 90% of blind people live in developing countries
  • About 200 000 children are blind

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