Achievements

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Our mission is eliminating
preventable blindness and
making eye care accessible to
all people in Armenia.

Since 1992, during the entire course of its operations in Armenia the AECP has carried out large-scale activities, resulting in impressive achievements: 

 

  • Organized and carried out 40 U.S. medical missions to Armenia, with participation of 60 U.S. academic ophthalmologists. The latter have travelled to Armenia at their own expense to teach and treat patients.

  • Initiated $19 million worth donations of medical equipment and supplies to Armenian hospitals and clinics by American pharmaceutical and medical manufacturing companies and private individuals.

  • Developed ophthalmology residency literature to improve teaching methods in compliance with international standards, as well as authored and published two books - “Eye Diseases” (2005) and “Essentials of Ophthalmology” (2007) for primary health care providers and ophthalmologists.

  • Developed legislation for Eye Bank that was approved by the Government of Armenia in 1998.

  • Sponsored nine ophthalmology fellowships in the United States for Armenian physicians and five observerships.

  • Sponsored and organized 12 International ophthalmology teaching conferences in Yerevan.

  • Sponsored 15 patients requiring specialized surgical care in the U.S. and provided services at no charge.

  • Established and equipped five specialty clinics :
     

                - Vitreo-Retinal Disorders Clinic & Operating Room, 1998

                - Glaucoma Clinic & Operating Room, 2000

                - Corneal & Uveitis Disorders Clinic, 2001

                - Neuro-ophthalmology and Orbital Surgery, 2004

                - Low vision, 2006
 

  • In 2002, the Mobile Eye Hospital was designed with the support of American donations and delivered to Armenia to travel throughout regions of the country.

  • In 2003, launched country-wide comprehensive program “Bringing Sight to Armenian Eyes.” 

  • In 2005, launched country-wide public education and awareness campaign- published 13 handouts (total of 602.000 copies) on eye care, safety and eye diseases of children and adults.

  • Established and equipped USAID/AECP Education & Diagnostic Center at the Malayan Ophthalmological Center, 2006.

  • Established and equipped Wet Lab at the Malayan Ophthalmological Center, thanks to the generous donation of the Pfizer company, with the purpose to provide doctors and students with opportunities for regular surgical practice, 2007.

  • In 2010, launched the “National Screening and Treatment Program on Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) in Armenia.”

  • From 2004 to 2011, USAID and the AECP cooperated within the “Primary and Ophthalmologic Health Care Alliance” in the framework of the “Global Development Alliance”.

  • In 2011, the AECP started a long-term collaboration with Orange Foundation, continuing the program "Bringing Sight to Armenian Eyes."

  • In 2012, 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”. The vision for this program is making specialized eye care accessible to all children in Armenia and surrounding countries and eliminating childhood blindness of ROP.  It is the logical continuation of the “National Screening and Treatment Program on Retinopathy of Prematurity in Armenia.” that the AECP carries out since 2010.

 

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