OUR MISSION

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NO MORE BLIND BABIES

FOCUS began their “No More Blind Babies” to combat retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a condition that causes some premature children to develop severe bilateral retinal detachments leading to permanent total blindness.  The real tragedy of ROP is that with simple screening and simple treatment it is completely preventable, which is why most of us have never met anyone that is blind from ROP in the United States.  Through the efforts of FOCUS there is now a growing screening program in Port au Prince and the seeds have been planted to expand this program throughout the country.  FOCUS is following this up with a campaign to treat all children with cataracts in Haiti.

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TRAINING PROGRAMS

Central to our mission is the idea that progress is best made through coordination of various eye care organizations and individuals in a way that leverages the strengths of each through effective communication and coordination of activities with our Haitian colleagues.   We strongly believe that the best place to train Haitian ophthalmologists is in Haiti and is a superior method of training than having them do visiting observerships in the US.  Economic, cultural, and institutional barriers are best overcome with building personal relationships. While FOCUS works primarily in Haiti, we also work with educational eye care programs in other countries as the need arises.

GIVE THE GIFT OF SIGHT

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