OPC - Organization for the Prevention of Blindness

OPC - Organization for the Prevention of Blindness OPC ensures the human right to sight and provides local research, treatments and cures for people affected by blindness and blinding diseases in Francophone Africa since 1978.
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Visit http://www.opc.asso.fr/?lang=en for detailed information about our organisation, accounts, projects and eye health information. The OPC is an international NGO with specific expertise in ocular public health, which has been in operation since 1978. It fights to preserve the sight of as many people as possible in the most deprived populations in developing French-speaking countries. As a result, millions of people don’t lose their sight or are able to recover their sight, enabling them to continue their social and professional lives while remaining independent and autonomous.

“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.” (Confucius)

The philosophy of the OPC is not just about providing aid. One of our main objectives is to train, support and empower eye health workers, who can then care for the most disadvantaged populations affected by visual impairment. The OPC has a long standing trade record of rigorous management, allowing all donors, be they individuals or businesses, to provide support whilst being completely assured of the correct destination, and good use, of their donation. The OPC is
• A registered charity (registered 05/12/1983).
• A member of Comité de la Charte (the French Committee on Fundraising
Organisations)
• In an official working relationship with the World Health Organisation (WHO).
• An active member of the worldwide initiative Vision 2020 – The Right to Sight

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Addressing Gender Inequality in Eye Health

FACT 🔴 Vision loss is a gender inequality issue!

According to the 2020 IAPB Vision Atlas, 609 million women and girls worldwide live with vision loss (55%), compared to 497 million men and boys (45%).

Here's what we're doing to create change: https://bit.ly/3pHImAX

55% of people with vision loss are women. International Women’s Day is coming up on March 8. We would like to spotlight the issue of women’s access to eye care

OPC builds from four decades of expertise to empower Francophone Africans through sustainable access to sight. 👀Your inv...
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OPC builds from four decades of expertise to empower Francophone Africans through sustainable access to sight. 👀

Your investment will lead to a better future for thousands of men, women, and children. 👶🏿 👩🏿‍🦱 👨🏿‍🦱 Please make a gift today! https://bit.ly/2Kv06AA

OPC builds from four decades of expertise to empower Francophone Africans through sustainable access to sight. 👀

Your investment will lead to a better future for thousands of men, women, and children. 👶🏿 👩🏿‍🦱 👨🏿‍🦱 Please make a gift today! https://bit.ly/2Kv06AA

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What is Vision Loss?

90% of people with vision loss live in low- and middle-income countries — TRUE or FALSE? 🧐

Find out here: https://bit.ly/31kDQyH

Why Is Addressing Vision Loss Important for Global Development? Vision loss is a major global health issue that affects 1.1 billion people around the world.

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🚨FACT: Investing in eye health improves well-being. Vision loss can cause injuries, exacerbate other conditions due to limitations in physical activity, and increase social isolation.

Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3lCimXv

People with vision loss have an increased risk of health conditions such as dementia, cardiovascular disease and lung cancer, and have higher rates of depression and anxiety.

Curious to see what we have accomplished since our creation in 1978? 🧐 View our impact here:  https://bit.ly/3hOo8TE
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Curious to see what we have accomplished since our creation in 1978? 🧐 View our impact here: https://bit.ly/3hOo8TE

Curious to see what we have accomplished since our creation in 1978? 🧐 View our impact here: https://bit.ly/3hOo8TE

Happy #WorldHealthDay! 🌍 🌏 🌎Here at OPC, we believe health, and particularly eye health, is a human right. That's why, s...
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Happy #WorldHealthDay! 🌍 🌏 🌎

Here at OPC, we believe health, and particularly eye health, is a human right. That's why, since 1978, we have been fighting to improve access to eye care in Francophone Africa's most underserved communities. We're committed to ensuring every man, woman, and child has a chance to see another day.

Discover our impact here: https://bit.ly/3hOo8TE

Happy #WorldHealthDay! 🌍 🌏 🌎

Here at OPC, we believe health, and particularly eye health, is a human right. That's why, since 1978, we have been fighting to improve access to eye care in Francophone Africa's most underserved communities. We're committed to ensuring every man, woman, and child has a chance to see another day.

Discover our impact here: https://bit.ly/3hOo8TE

Projections show that vision loss will increase by 55% in the next 30 years. 📈 Here's why: https://bit.ly/2OGkjG8
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Projected Change in Vision Loss 2020 to 2050 - The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

Projections show that vision loss will increase by 55% in the next 30 years. 📈
Here's why: https://bit.ly/2OGkjG8

By 2050, the number of people over 65 will almost double (from one in 11 people, to 1 in six people). The number of persons aged 80 years or over is projected to triple, from 140 million in 2019 to 420 million in 2050. This is concerning as the prevalence of vision loss increases rapidly with age, a...

Don't miss out on any updates, good news, or inspiring stories! Stay connected, and sign up to OPC's newsletter today 😎🗞...
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Don't miss out on any updates, good news, or inspiring stories! Stay connected, and sign up to OPC's newsletter today 😎🗞📩 https://bit.ly/37bF4yR

Don't miss out on any updates, good news, or inspiring stories! Stay connected, and sign up to OPC's newsletter today 😎🗞📩 https://bit.ly/37bF4yR

In honor of the final day of #SaveYourVisionMonth, will you please make a gift to OPC? Your generosity will provide sigh...
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In honor of the final day of #SaveYourVisionMonth, will you please make a gift to OPC? Your generosity will provide sight-saving surgeries and direct relief for those suffering from preventable eye diseases. http://bit.ly/2Kv06AA

In honor of the final day of #SaveYourVisionMonth, will you please make a gift to OPC? Your generosity will provide sight-saving surgeries and direct relief for those suffering from preventable eye diseases. http://bit.ly/2Kv06AA

🚨TRUE OR FALSE🚨: Vision loss is a global health issue. TRUE!Vision loss can have major effects on all aspects of a perso...
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What is Vision Loss?

🚨TRUE OR FALSE🚨: Vision loss is a global health issue.

TRUE!

Vision loss can have major effects on all aspects of a person’s life. That's why we're fighting to prevent it. https://bit.ly/31kDQyH

Why Is Addressing Vision Loss Important for Global Development? Vision loss is a major global health issue that affects 1.1 billion people around the world.

The IAPB Vision Atlas projects that vision loss will affect 1.7 billion people by 2050 without significant investment. 🌍...
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Projected Change in Vision Loss 2020 to 2050 - The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

The IAPB Vision Atlas projects that vision loss will affect 1.7 billion people by 2050 without significant investment. 🌍
Why? Read more here: http://bit.ly/2OGkjG8

By 2050, the number of people over 65 will almost double (from one in 11 people, to 1 in six people). The number of persons aged 80 years or over is projected to triple, from 140 million in 2019 to 420 million in 2050. This is concerning as the prevalence of vision loss increases rapidly with age, a...

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Well-being - The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

Eye health is a growing topic of conversation, as trends are showing us the increasing prevalence of eye diseases and their alarming relationship between gender and vision loss. 👁

You can learn the basics about how and why vision loss is a public health problem here: http://bit.ly/3lCimXv

People with vision loss have an increased risk of health conditions such as dementia, cardiovascular disease and lung cancer, and have higher rates of depression and anxiety.

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OPC’s Fight Against Neglected Tropical Diseases | OPC

Can you name the 5 Neglected Tropical Diseases we're fighting? 🧐

In honor of #SaveYourVisionMonth, learn more about these diseases and what we can do to control their spread. https://bit.ly/365Mbtm

In addition to its comprehensive eye care program, OPC implements a multi-faceted program to fight neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). OPC’s program focuses

It's International Francophonie Day 🌍 Today we celebrate the strides OPC has taken to empower and uplift men, women, and...
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It's International Francophonie Day 🌍 Today we celebrate the strides OPC has taken to empower and uplift men, women, and children across French-speaking countries in Africa. Since 1978, we have provided local research, treatments and cures for people affected by blindness and blinding diseases — all thanks to our donors! https://bit.ly/2JL0f2O

It's International Francophonie Day 🌍 Today we celebrate the strides OPC has taken to empower and uplift men, women, and children across French-speaking countries in Africa. Since 1978, we have provided local research, treatments and cures for people affected by blindness and blinding diseases — all thanks to our donors! https://bit.ly/2JL0f2O

In honor of #SaveYourVisionMonth this March, will you please make a gift to help us provide sight-saving treatments and ...
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In honor of #SaveYourVisionMonth this March, will you please make a gift to help us provide sight-saving treatments and cures for thousands of men, women, and children across Francophone Africa? http://bit.ly/2Kv06AA

In honor of #SaveYourVisionMonth this March, will you please make a gift to help us provide sight-saving treatments and cures for thousands of men, women, and children across Francophone Africa? http://bit.ly/2Kv06AA

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Many barriers prevent both women and men from accessing eye health services, but these obstacles are often more difficult for women to overcome. In our latest blog we highlighted 3 major barriers, can you name more? http://bit.ly/3pHImAX

55% of people with vision loss are women. International Women’s Day is coming up on March 8. We would like to spotlight the issue of women’s access to eye care

March is #SaveYourVisionMonth 📆! Did you know OPC is empowering some of the world's most neglected communities by provid...
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March is #SaveYourVisionMonth 📆! Did you know OPC is empowering some of the world's most neglected communities by providing sight-saving treatments and surgeries? Sign up to our newsletter to see our impact 🗞 https://bit.ly/37bF4yR

March is #SaveYourVisionMonth 📆! Did you know OPC is empowering some of the world's most neglected communities by providing sight-saving treatments and surgeries? Sign up to our newsletter to see our impact 🗞 https://bit.ly/37bF4yR

Will you make a gift today in honor of International Women's Day? Let's not take the women in our lives—or their sight—f...
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Will you make a gift today in honor of International Women's Day? Let's not take the women in our lives—or their sight—for granted. When women are given access to quality eye care and sight-saving surgeries, it has a ripple effect on their communities. ❤️ https://bit.ly/2Kv06AA

Will you make a gift today in honor of International Women's Day? Let's not take the women in our lives—or their sight—for granted. When women are given access to quality eye care and sight-saving surgeries, it has a ripple effect on their communities. ❤️ https://bit.ly/2Kv06AA

In honor of International Women's Day on Monday, we would like to thank all the incredible women who contribute to our w...
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In honor of International Women's Day on Monday, we would like to thank all the incredible women who contribute to our work — women like Mariam, an OPC-trained ophtalmic nurse in Chad, who is helping us fight the blinding disease of trachoma:

“Working conditions are tough. It's quite difficult to operate in the open, without much clean water. But the people we help are patient, righteous, and living on very little. And we must do something to protect their vision, which is probably their best asset.“

In honor of International Women's Day on Monday, we would like to thank all the incredible women who contribute to our work — women like Mariam, an OPC-trained ophtalmic nurse in Chad, who is helping us fight the blinding disease of trachoma:

“Working conditions are tough. It's quite difficult to operate in the open, without much clean water. But the people we help are patient, righteous, and living on very little. And we must do something to protect their vision, which is probably their best asset.“

We are honored to have received a grant from the Lavelle Fund for the Blind! This grant will help push our agenda of fig...
04/03/2021
Lavelle Fund for the Blind

We are honored to have received a grant from the Lavelle Fund for the Blind! This grant will help push our agenda of fighting for the human right to sight for all individuals across Francophone Africa. 🙌🏼

The Lavelle Fund supports initiatives that help blind and visually impaired people lead independent, productive lives, and eye care programs working to prevent and treat vision loss. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/3am5ZdS

About the Lavelle Fund for the Blind The Lavelle Fund for the Blind is a charitable grant-making foundation dedicated primarily to supporting programs that help New York State and New York City area residents who are blind or visually impaired live independent and productive lives. While priority is...

International Women's Day is coming up... Did you know 55% of people living with vision loss worldwide are women? Gender...
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International Women's Day is coming up... Did you know 55% of people living with vision loss worldwide are women? Gender inequality in eye health is a major issue. Learn more in our latest blog post! http://bit.ly/3pHImAX

55% of people with vision loss are women. International Women’s Day is coming up on March 8. We would like to spotlight the issue of women’s access to eye care

Did you know trachoma is still a public health issue in 44 countries, and is responsible for the blindness or visual imp...
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7 key blinding diseases - OPC’s focus on major eye diseases

Did you know trachoma is still a public health issue in 44 countries, and is responsible for the blindness or visual impairment of about 1.9 million people worldwide? See how OPC is creating change: 👁 🤝 https://bit.ly/3h9s7du

For over 40 years, OPC has provided local research, treatments and cures for people affected by blindness and blinding diseases, ensuring the human right to sight. Let’s break down the context and definitions of the blinding diseases OPC fights through its work.

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness recently launched the latest version of their Vision Atlas! Thi...
24/02/2021
Vision Atlas - The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness recently launched the latest version of their Vision Atlas! This great resource provides valuable data and facts regarding the prevalence of vision loss throughout the world, the impact of inequality in eye health, and so much more. Check it out! 🌎 🌍 🌏 @VISION 2020/IAPB
http://bit.ly/2ZQeFDn

The IAPB Vision Atlas presents the very latest eye health data and evidence. 1.1 billion people live with vision loss, 90% of people with vision loss are in low- and middle-income countries.

Stay informed about OPC's projects all year long! Sign up to our newsletter today to receive updates, stories from the f...
20/02/2021

Stay informed about OPC's projects all year long! Sign up to our newsletter today to receive updates, stories from the field, and more 😎 http://bit.ly/37bF4yR

Stay informed about OPC's projects all year long! Sign up to our newsletter today to receive updates, stories from the field, and more 😎 http://bit.ly/37bF4yR

Because of demographic growth and aging populations, blindness statistics are at risk of tripling by 2050. OPC is fighti...
18/02/2021

Because of demographic growth and aging populations, blindness statistics are at risk of tripling by 2050. OPC is fighting so this does not happen. Learn more about our approach here 👉 http://bit.ly/2JL0f2O

Because of demographic growth and aging populations, blindness statistics are at risk of tripling by 2050. OPC is fighting so this does not happen. Learn more about our approach here 👉 http://bit.ly/2JL0f2O

The OPC has been recognized as a WHO nonprofit partner in the area of vision impairment for many years. And we are honor...
16/02/2021

The OPC has been recognized as a WHO nonprofit partner in the area of vision impairment for many years. And we are honored to announce that this partnership has been renewed in 2021!

We are committed to developing programs and treatments helping to restore sight and empower individuals across Francophone Africa. To learn more about our unique approach to tackling blindness and vision impairment, click here👉 http://bit.ly/3tnelt7

The OPC has been recognized as a WHO nonprofit partner in the area of vision impairment for many years. And we are honored to announce that this partnership has been renewed in 2021!

We are committed to developing programs and treatments helping to restore sight and empower individuals across Francophone Africa. To learn more about our unique approach to tackling blindness and vision impairment, click here👉 http://bit.ly/3tnelt7

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries are also still greatly affected by painful diseases like trachoma. OPC is p...
12/02/2021
In the midst of a pandemic, Nigeria battles to end a painful blinding disease

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries are also still greatly affected by painful diseases like trachoma. OPC is proud to be a part of the fight against neglected tropical diseases and other blinding illnesses across Francophone Africa.

http://reut.rs/3tooIgs

International Coalition for Trachoma Control

For eight years Nigerian housewife Mallama Baraka suffered in silence as the eye disease trachoma, which can blind but is entirely preventable, slowly took its toll.

According to the WHO, unaddressed near vision impairment rates are greater than 80% in western, eastern, and central sub...
10/02/2021
OPC Looks Ahead to 2021 | Saving Sight

According to the WHO, unaddressed near vision impairment rates are greater than 80% in western, eastern, and central sub-Saharan Africa. If left untreated, these vision-impairing conditions can lead to permanent blindness. If you want to learn more about how the OPC is fighting these blinding diseases in 2021, read more here👉http://bit.ly/3t6NEZO

Happy New Year! As we enter 2021, the team at OPC is optimistic and looks forward to another year of impact, saving sight in the most vulnerable communities...

We are thrilled to announce the Lions Clubs International Foundation has awarded OPC a grant!☀️ This grant will support ...
08/02/2021

We are thrilled to announce the Lions Clubs International Foundation has awarded OPC a grant!☀️

This grant will support OPC’s trachoma program in Chad, which works for the total elimination of the disease in the country. OPC will be able to address the last cases of trachomatous trichiasis, the most advanced stage of trachoma, through surgical activities.

OPC’s program started in 2014, and the Lions Clubs International Foundation's support to OPC over the years has made more than 27,000 trachomatous trichiasis surgeries possible.

Learn more about our fight against trachoma and other blinding diseases: https://bit.ly/3tnelt7

We are thrilled to announce the Lions Clubs International Foundation has awarded OPC a grant!☀️

This grant will support OPC’s trachoma program in Chad, which works for the total elimination of the disease in the country. OPC will be able to address the last cases of trachomatous trichiasis, the most advanced stage of trachoma, through surgical activities.

OPC’s program started in 2014, and the Lions Clubs International Foundation's support to OPC over the years has made more than 27,000 trachomatous trichiasis surgeries possible.

Learn more about our fight against trachoma and other blinding diseases: https://bit.ly/3tnelt7

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Visit opc.ngo for detailed information about our organisation, accounts, projects and eye health information. The OPC is an international NGO with specific expertise in ocular public health, which has been in operation since 1978. It fights to preserve the sight of as many people as possible in the most deprived populations in developing French-speaking countries. As a result, millions of people don’t lose their sight or are able to recover their sight, enabling them to continue their social and professional lives while remaining independent and autonomous. “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.” (Confucius) The philosophy of the OPC is not just about providing aid. One of our main objectives is to train, support and empower eye health workers, who can then care for the most disadvantaged populations affected by visual impairment. The OPC has a long standing trade record of rigorous management, allowing all donors, be they individuals or businesses, to provide support whilst being completely assured of the correct destination, and good use, of their donation. The OPC is • A registered charity (registered 05/12/1983). • A member of Comité de la Charte (the French Committee on Fundraising Organisations) • In an official working relationship with the World Health Organisation (WHO). • An active member of the worldwide initiative Vision 2020 – The Right to Sight

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The Organization for the Prevention of Blindness (OPC) congratulates Ghana for having eliminated trachoma as a public health problem. Ghana is the second African country to be declared trachoma-free by the World Health Organization, after Morocco in 2016. Congratulations, Ghana!
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