One child becomes blind every minute, one adult every 5 seconds. Yet 80% of visual impairment is avoidable.
The OPC (Organisation pour la Prévention de la Cécité - Organisation for the Prevention of Blindness) is an international NGO with specific expertise in ocular public health. It fights to preserve the sight of as many people as possible in the most deprived populations in French-speaking developing countries.
The OPC works with individuals, health authorities and universities of the countries in which it operates. Training is at the heart of its actions : this involves sharing knowledge, expertise and medical technologies, adapted to local conditions, in order to achieve an autonomous operation of the structures that are set up.
Thanks to the OPC, millions of people will not lose their sight or have had it recovered, enabling them to continue their social and professional lives while remaining independent and autonomous.
The OPC was set up in 1978 under the guidance of Mr Christian MONNIER, Mr Pierre AUBE and Professor André DUBOIS-POULSEN.
Humanitarianism, Solidarity, Respect, Professionalism and Transparency. Its mission : To research, promote, prioritise and apply all means enabling the fight against blindness and visual impairment.
Year after year, the efficiency of the programmes put in place to benefit those poorest in the most deprived areas is evident. For example, thanks to the OPC, onchocerciasis (river blindness) is now close to elimination in certain countries.
All of the OPC’s accounts, duly certified, can be consulted and downloaded here
The OPC’s rigorous management, guaranteed by external and independent experts, allows donors to support us while being completely assured of the destination and good use of their donation.
The OPC’s leaders and members comprise a world-renowned group of experts in ophthalmology.
For example :
Professors and Doctors in ophthalmology ;
A member of the Académie française and the National Academy of Medicine ;
An epidemiologist ;
A public health doctor ;
Honorary President of the Académie de l’Ophtalmologie ;
Director for the institute of tropical medicine of the Armed Forces ;
A health service clinical director ;
An expert in ophthalmology for the European Space Agency ;
A former legal expert for the Courts of Appeal.
A multidisciplinary team based in France, composed of
Three managements :
Two divisions :
- Optical division. And a secretary, a communications service, an accountant and the help of an English assistant.
Abroad, 12 representatives oversee all of the projects.