In accordance with the second phase of the tie-up between the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development, to fight against avoidable blindness, a coordination meeting was recently held in the city of Istanbul.
The official launch of the AFAB(Alliance to Fight Avoidable Blindness) will take place on during the 43rd annual meeting of the Board of Governors of the IsDB group in Tunis, Tunisia, 1-5 April 2018.
During the coordination meeting, the Undersecretary of Health of the Republic of Turkey, H.E. Prof. Dr. Eyup Gumus, delivered the speech at the opening, which had the participation of 32 different, governmental and non- governmental organisations along with elite ophthalmologists from the Republic of Turkey.
Dr. Gumus gave his positive response for the 2nd Generation of the Alliance to Fight Avoidable Blindness (AFAB) in 12 African countries which are Burkina Faso, Chad, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, and Togo.
The Republic of Turkey will perform close to one million cataract operations within next five years to mark its generous support.
According to another speaker, Dr. Waleed Al Wohaib, Director General of ISFD talked why the initiative will work in momentum. He said, "About 33 million people in Africa suffer from visual impairment while nearly 75% of these cases can be prevented or treated, especially those related to cataract."
Other important announcements will be made on the 43rd annual meeting from other partners belonging to Azerbaijan, Austria, BADEA, Brazil, Egypt, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Libya, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, UAE.