Originally a program focused on creating a grassroots eye health care system that would train local “sanitarios” to identify and treat simple eye problems, the National Institute of Ophthalmology has matured into a comprehensive eye care program with several different professional and grassroots training programs, including a three-year course for post-graduate surgical ophthalmologists and a two-year program for nurses specializing in eye care. It provides a number of outreach programs, including family health nutrition education.

When Operation Eyesight first became involved in 1979, our donors funded the development of training programs for sanitarios, nurses, paramedics and general practitioners specializing in eye care. We also supported the purchase of medicines and instruments, and helped encourage and develop a paediatric unit.