According to the National Blindness and Visual Impairment Survey conducted in 2007, the prevalence of blindness in people of all ages was estimated to be 0.78% in Nigeria. Not only does blindness hinder the quality of life the reason but also impacts the socio-economic conditions of the family, community and the nation. According to experts, “If priority attention is not given, the number of blind and severely visually impaired adults in Nigeria will increase by greater than 40 per cent over the next decade.
TCF aims to:
Reduce avoidable blindness, predominantly cataract, among the rural poor of Nigeria by providing high quality free surgeries.
Increase local capacities to contribute for reduced blindness in Nigeria.
Focus on surgical treatment of cataract with intra-ocular lens implantation.
Provide service to those who would otherwise be unable to access quality eye care.
Draw from the vast experience in Community Eye Care in India where its sister organizations are engaged in performing over 180,000 free eye surgeries annually.
Modern surgical techniques using state of the art equipment.
Maximizing utilization of Government infrastructure thus saving unnecessary duplication and expense.
- Kebbi Eye Care Program.
- Calabar Eye Care Program.
In the year 2002, the Mission for Vision was scaled up to Kebbi State, with 4 eye camps, supported by Kebbi State government. The overwhelming response to the camps reiterated the need for such interventions in the state. In August 2002, the state government, in partnership with TCF had set up a permanent eye hospital by the name Hafsat Eye Centre at Kebbi.Read more
TCF in collaboration with Cross Rivers State government conducted its first eye camp in the year 2003. Through the camp, TCF had identified and operated 1,019 patients in a span of 6 months. The overwhelming response to the camps reiterated the need for such interventions in the state. In March 2004, the state government, in partnership with TCF had set up the eye center in the general hospital at Calabar.Read more
TCF in collaboration with respective state governments of Imo, Katsina, Oyo and Adamawa states, established eye centers in respective states and conducted 45,448 surgeries. Read more