The objective of the Project, its essence and partners
The Armenian EyeCare Project (hereafter AECP) is a US-based charity organization founded in 1992 by Armenian-American ophthalmologist Dr. Roger Ohanesian. Its mission is to eliminate preventable blindness and make eye care accessible to all people in Armenia. To this end, many highly qualified American academic ophthalmologists have been invited to visit Armenia to treat patients and share the knowledge with their Armenian colleagues. As well, large quantities of medication and equipment have been brought to Armenia. The AECP carries out its activities in the Republic of Armenia in close cooperation with its partners in Armenia and outside.
In 2003, the AECP established an office in Yerevan and launched its program “Bringing Sight to Armenian Eyes.” The Initiative has five comprehensive, integrated components developed to eliminate preventable blindness. They include direct patient care, medical education and training, public education, research and capacity building. The Mobile Eye Hospital, a state-of-the-art facility, travels country-wide to provide high quality eye care in the regions of Armenia.
The AECP, in cooperation with the USAID and the Ministry of Health launched a three year program “Center of Excellence for the Prevention of Childhood Blindness” in 2012. The vision for this program is that all children in Armenia and surrounding countries have specialized eye care available to them and that childhood blindness from ROP is eliminated. It is the logical continuation of a national program “Prevention and Treatment of the Prematurity of Retinopathy” that the AECP carries out since 2010 in Armenia.
The main partners of the AECP are as follows:
- Ministry of Health
- Ministry of Labor and Social Issues
- Governors offices in all the marzes of Armenia,
- Yerevan municipality, community councils
- S. Malayan Ophthalmologic Center
- Kanaker Zeitun Medical Center
- Yerevan State Medical University #1 eye clinic
- All Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Yerevan
- Regional medical centers, health centers and FAPs (village health points)
- United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and relevant medical and educational programs
- Numerous organizations and individuals in the Diaspora
- Embassies of a number of countries in Armenia
- Numerous non-governmental and international organizations
- Orange Foundation
Overall, the AECP activities have greatly contributed to the implementation of the “Armenian National Strategy of Blindness Prevention Program.”