Country Programs

While the Flying Eye Hospital is our most iconic tool, most of our program work is done in country, on the ground, alongside local communities and partners.

We work with partners across health services to establish and strengthen existing care and provide the tools and knowledge to help restore vision for generations to come.

In 2019 our country program work in Ethiopia resulted in the distribution of 13.5m doses of antibiotics to treat and prevent trachoma, a blinding bacterial infection, which if left untreated, turns eye lashes inwards, scraping the eyes surface with every excruciating blink.

By working with partners across the health service to establish and strengthen existing care we help provide long-term, sustainable eye care to communities around the world. From rural areas to bustling cities, we aim to provide the tools and knowledge to help restore vision for generations to come.

Our long term country programs involve a wide range of activities that all work together to provide a comprehensive approach to eye care. We work with local hospitals and our teams of expert volunteers to train doctors, nurses and biomedical engineers; establishing successful eye care units to treat a wide range of conditions.

See how our country programs help strengthen eye care across all levels of the health system

We work at grassroots level to raise awareness of good healthcare and hygiene and to improve referral networks so those in need can receive the treatment they deserve. We conduct school screenings and provide pupils with glasses to help them get the most out of their education. We establish school eye care clubs, with members taking on the responsibility of educating their peers and community on ways to keep their eyes healthy.

Working alongside partners and local governments we assess the needs of each region to offer a tailored plan to help build capacity and strengthen existing health care. With your help we train, we teach, we buy new equipment, we improve hospitals, establish referral networks and fight the root causes of avoidable blindness where we find them.

In Asia, we have long-term country programs in Bangladesh, Nepal, India, China, Mongolia and Vietnam.

Our training programs are wide-ranging; other than training eye doctors, nurses and biomedical technicians, we also train teachers and community workers to screen and identify eye conditions.

We also upgrade our partner hospitals' equipment and infrastructure, train their staff in management and quality assurance, and establish and strengthen referral networks from the communities to the hospitals to improve their quality of service.

From conducting eye camps to screen and educate communities to advocating for eye health to be prioritised within national healthcare policies, we ensure that eye health gets the attention it needs and that communities get the services they need.

With your help our country programs will one day run without our support to reach every person in need.