News archive of OPC

Fall Conference of the Paris Lions

[27/10/2014]

Karim Bengraine, the Executive Director of the OPC was invited this weekend to the Fall Conference of the Paris Lions. OPC would like to warmly thank all the Lions and especially the Governor of District 103 Ile-de-France, Raymond Le, for extending this opportunity to us in hopes of expanding (...)

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Free ophtalmological screening in Paris

[10/10/2014]

Our partner, Lions Clubs of Paris, offers free screening in Paris until next Friday: Friday 10th of October: Quinze-vingts Hospital 28 rue de Charenton - 75012 Paris - to 1:30 p.m. from 5:00 p.m. Saturday 11th of October: Ophthalmological Foundation A. de Rothschild 25 rue Manin - 75019 (...)

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1 click = 1€

[9/10/2014]

For that, go to monopticien.com on Facebook by clicking HERE and like their page. Thank you for your support !

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World Sight Day

[9/10/2014]

As every 1st Thursday of October, today is the World Sight Day. On this occasion: The President of OPC, Professor Resnikoff will be present in Mexico as a speaker for the celebration of this event organized by the International Association for Prevention (IAPB) of Blindness in which OPC (...)

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CLICK TO HELP 300 PEOPLE RECEIVE SUITABLE EYEGLASSES

[7/10/2014]

Today on Facebook, 1 click = 1€ 2€ = 1 pair of glasses OPC is working to create optical workshops that contribute to improving eye care in the countries of West and Central Africa. Thanks to this programme, OPC will provide eyeglasses to those who cannot afford them. This programme will keep (...)

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National Blind Association Day

[6/10/2014]

Today, OPC has hosted members of the Lions Clubs of Paris in its headquarters for counting-up donations received last Saturday and Sunday at the annual fundraiser for the National Days for the blind and visually impaired. The Lions Clubs team at OPC For over 30 years the Lions Clubs roam (...)

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Success of the annual meetings of IAPB and NNN that were held in Paris

[29/09/2014]

The OPC team was excited to host the meetings of the main stakeholders in the fight against blindness and Neglected Tropical Diseases. Nearly 200 experts from 35 organisations participated in these meetings. OPC would like to thank our many partners that made these events possible. : (...)

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NNN meetings here in Paris

[23/09/2014]

Yesterday was the first day of the NNN (NTDs NGDO Network) meetings here in Paris. These meetings, organised by OPC, have brought together stakeholders from all over the world to discuss Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). OPC deals directly with two of the NTDs that are being discussed this (...)

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The ICTC held meetings at OPC’s headquarters in Paris

[23/09/2014]

The International Coalition for Trachoma Control (ICTC), of which OPC is a member, held meetings at OPC’s headquarters in Paris this Saturday. To find out more about ICTC’s efforts, click here. To find out more about OPC’s fight against trachoma, click (...)

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New IAPB meeting at OPC’s headquarters

[19/09/2014]

OPC’s team was glad to welcome today at its headquarters in Paris, the Regional Coordinators of the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). OPC is a member of IAPB. To learn more about the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness, click (...)

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IAPB Meetings at the OPC

[17/09/2014]

The OPC was pleased today to welcome at its headquarters in Paris, two working groups of the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). The first group gathered the Presidents of the various IAPB regions. The second gathered the IAPB refractive errors working (...)

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The OPC on the RFI radio at 11h50am

[17/09/2014]

Today, Professor Resnikoff, the President of the OPC will be on the Radio France Internationale (RFI), at the beginning of the “Priorite Santé” programme at 11h50am. Specialist in ophthalmology, public health and tropical medicine, formerly in charge of the fight against blindness and deafness at (...)

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The OPC will be tomorrow on the RFI radio.

[16/09/2014]

Tomorrow, Wednesday 17th September, Professor Resnikoff, President of the OPC will speak on Radio France Internationale (RFI) at the beginning of the “Priorité Santé” programme at 11:50. Specialist in ophthalmology, public health and tropical medicine, formerly in charge of the fight against (...)

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TWO INTERNATIONAL MEETINGS ORGANISED BY THE OPC

[15/09/2014]

From the 18th to 25th September, 2014.The OPC will organise in Paris two international meetings which will assemble 150 professionals from around the world. The first meeting, from 18th to 21st September, is about the prevention of blindness all around the world, and will be introduced by (...)

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A big fund raiser for the Blind in Paris!

[29/08/2014]

One child goes blind every minute and one adult every five seconds. Yet 80% of blinding diseases are avoidable. You can help us to fight blindness constructively: Show your solidarity on the first weekend of October (Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th) by joining the Lions Clubs in Paris (our new (...)

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New grant from the Lions Clubs International Foundation

[26/08/2014]

As part of its SightFirst program, the Foundation’s International Advisory Board of Lions Clubs agreed to the OPC and its Chad partner, The Tamarind Lions Clubs from N’Djamena, a grant of $ 606,077 to implement a Trachoma control project in Chad regions : Guera and Salamat. This amount will (...)

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The OPC is the guest of the RFI Radio

[15/07/2014]

Today, the OPC is the guest of the RFI radio, for the “Priorité Santé” programme, dedicated to the blindness, broadcast live from 11h10 to 12h. We will be glad to listen, in the first part, Professor Serge Resnikoff, the OPC’s President, specialist in ophthalmology, public health care and tropical (...)

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The OPC, invited by the RFI radio.

[14/07/2014]

Tomorrow, on Tuesday 15th of July, The OPC will be invited by the RFI radio, for the “Priorité Santé” programme, dedicated to the blindness, broadcast live from 11h10 to 12h. We will be glad to listen, in the first part, Professor Serge Resnikoff, the OPC’s President, specialist in ophthalmology, (...)

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The OPC’s Vice-President interviewed by the Deutsh Welle Radio

[10/07/2014]

In the second part of this magazine, cataract, ocular disease characterized by clouding of the lens that affects the elderly is on the agenda. But sometimes cataract affects young children. To prevent the disease, should be immunized younger against rubella and to consult in case of eye (...)

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Director of Programmes’return from mission in Mali

[9/07/2014]

Jérôme Bernasconi, the new Director of programmes of the Organisation for the Prevention of Blindness, went for his first field mission in Mali from 30th June to 6th July. An opportunity to introduce himself to the different partners and to evaluate the OPC’s activities in this country “spearhead” (...)

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Opticlibre and Novacel, patrons of the OPC

[8/07/2014]

For the 3rd consecutive year, Opticlibre, faithful patron of the OPC, give our organization a very generous gift that allows to sustain our programmes. In addition, Novacel, Opticlibre’s partner, in turn joins the OPC’s patrons in connection with a financial donation and a significant (...)

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The OPC’S President receives an honorary degree from the University of Montreal

[17/06/2014]

The OPC’s President, Professor Serge Resnikoff, has been awarded an honorary degree from the University of Montreal, alongside many other internationally and nationally renowned figures. It is granted in recognition of an outstanding contribution to a particular field, whether scientific, (...)

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THE DAY OF THE AFRICAN CHILD

[16/06/2014]

Thousands of African children took the street to protest against the poor quality of their education and to demand that their right to be taught at school in their own language be respected. Hundreds of young boys and girls were killed, and during the 15 days of protest that followed, more (...)

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World Congress of Ophthalmology 2014

[2/06/2014]

WOC 2014 Symposium on Prevention of Blindness by Jr. William Felch Hot topics in the elimination of avoidable blindness were discussed at a wide-ranging symposium at WOC 2014 in Tokyo. Chaired by Serge Resnikoff, MD, PhD, ICO Director for Advocacy; Peter Ackland, Chief Executive Officer (...)

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WORLD AFRICA DAY

[25/05/2014]

*90% of blind people live in countries with limited resources. The risk of blindness is five to ten times higher in developing than industrialized countries. (Source: Access Economics Study, March 2010) There are at least 7 million blind people in Africa ... The OPC has been working to (...)

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The OPC at the 120th Congress of the French Society of Ophthalmology

[11/05/2014]

The French Society of Ophthalmology’s 120th Annual Congress is taking place at Paris’ Palais des Congrès. The OPC’s team from the Paris office will be present at Stand A8 on Level 2 of the Congress, for the duration of the event from Saturday 10th to Tuesday 13th May. In addition to the (...)

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2013 Activity Report now available

[29/04/2014]

The OPC in 2013 Read the summary of 2013: strategy, programme delivery, projects, partners, support, ambassadors, history, etc. To read and download the report click on the PDF icon below:

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Fighting trachoma in Chad: training follow-up

[28/04/2014]

In order to learn how to carry out epidemiological surveys on the ground, Superior Ophthalmic Technicians (SOT) and smartphone data capturers carried out the first full-scale test in Am, a village in East N’Djamena In doing this, they were able to present the objectives of the survey to El (...)

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80% of the world’s diabetic retinopathy patients live in developing countries.

[25/04/2014]

Many people suffering from diabetes develop an eye disease called diabetic retinopathy, which can distort vision or lead to blindness. The image below gives an idea of how a diabetic retinopathy patient sees: Four out of every five people suffering from diabetic retinopathy live in (...)

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TRACHOMA : TRAINING IN CHAD

[23/04/2014]

As part of the implementation of epidemiological surveys of the prevalence of trachoma, the OPC is organising a training course for Specialist Ophthalmic Technicians (SOT) and Smartphone entry operators in N’djamena, Chad, from 22nd to 26th April. Opening of the training (objectives, (...)

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Mikelangelo Loconte, the OPC’s new ambassador

[18/04/2014]

We are delighted to announce that we now have the support of our new ambassador, Mikelangelo Loconte, the famous singer and performer, holding the main role in the musical show "Mozart l’Opéra Rock". He will be an asset to the OPC through putting to use his renown to help preserve the sight of (...)

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Bernard Philippon, OPC General Secretary and global specialist in onchocerciasis, recognised by Dr Tim Evans of the World Bank

[7/04/2014]

Speaking on 2nd April at a conference marking two years since the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases, Dr Tim Evans, Director of Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank (left), said: "NTDs are major constraints on development, on the development of children and their (...)

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The OPC at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s meeting in Paris

[4/04/2014]

On Wednesday, Dr Bengraine, the OPC’s Executive Director (on the left in the above photo) took part in a meeting at the Institut Pasteur in Paris organised by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to mark the second anniversary of the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases. (...)

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Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases: a Conversation on Progress

[2/04/2014]

"Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Conversation on Progress," a webcast and live Q&A, will be broadcast live from the Institut Pasteur in Paris this evening, from 18:00 - 19:30 CEST (12:00 - 13:30 EDT) The webcast will feature a conversation with some of the world’s leading (...)

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OPC - APOC Meeting in Paris

[1/04/2014]

Photo (L-R): Dr Bengraïne, Dr Laurent Yameogo, Bernard Philippon, Dr Jean-Baptiste Roungou Today the OPC’s head office hosted a working meeting between Dr Jean-Baptiste Roungou and Dr Laurent Yameogo, the Director General and Programme Manager of APOC respectively; and Dr Bernard Philippon and (...)

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World Glaucoma Week

[10/03/2014]

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide. More than 60 million people across the planet currently suffer from glaucoma (including over 1 million in France alone) and over 7 million of them are blind. It is the second most common cause of blindness in France, after (...)

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International Women’s Day

[8/03/2014]

Ban Ki Moon, United Nations secretary general : "Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such (...)

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2014 World Ophthalmology Congress

[7/03/2014]

Professor Serge Resnikoff, President of the Organisation for the Prevention of Blindness (OPC), will be the official representative of the OPC to the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO). He is taking part in the 2014 World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC2014), April 2-6 in Tokyo, a (...)

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Mali: a model programme for comprehensive eye care

[27/02/2014]

A big thank you to our technical and financial partners (individuals, lenders and businesses). Thanks to them, from now on close to half the population of Mali will have sustainable access to the prevention, screening and treatment of the main blindness-causing diseases. The OPC’s Executive (...)

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Chloé Trespeuch, Ambassador of the OPC, wins bronze medal in Sochi!

[27/02/2014]

Congtatulations to Chloé Trespeuch, Ambassador of the OPC!! Chloé won the bronze medal in the women’s Boardercross. As she herself said just after winning, "Awesome!" Photo Franck Fife. AFP

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SightFirst Meeting in Paris

[10/02/2014]

Phillip Albano, SightFirst’s Programme Manager at the Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF), an essential and reliable partner of the OPC, paid a courtesy visit to our headquarters in Paris on 07/02/2014. This visit has enabled a review of the projects currently sponsored by SightFirst in (...)

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Fight Against Trachoma : the OPC in Chad

[10/02/2014]

The OPC team made up of the Executive Director and of the Director of the West African Regional Office is currently in N’djamena in Chad, until 13th February. They will meet the country’s health authorities to raise awareness and detail the implementation of a trachoma risk-mapping programme (...)

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END7 : How to Shock Celebrities

[7/02/2014]

The OPC, partner of the ITI (International Trachoma Initiative) is sharing the video, "END7, How to Shock a Celebrity". Here several terrible diseases are shown, including trachoma and onchocerciasis (river blindness). More than ever, the OPC fights against these two preventable illnesses. You (...)

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Virginie Paris, the OPC’s Financial Director

[7/02/2014]

The OPC is pleased to welcome to its team, at the head of the accounting department, its Financial Director Mrs. Virginie Paris.

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Light For The World at the OPC

[6/02/2014]

From left to right : Karim Bengraïne (Executive Director of the OPC) - Johannes Trimmel (International Programme Director Support and Policies) - Johana Mang (Programme Director, LFTW Austria) - Čestmír Hrdinka (Programme Director, LFTW Czech Republic) - Matthijs Nederveen (Programme Director, (...)

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OPC president involved in study into causes of blindness

[4/02/2014]

Ophthalmologic societies and other eye care advocates have new data available that should be a valuable resource for convincing governments, donors, and others to allocate funding and provide support for eye care. “Causes of Vision Loss Worldwide, 1990–2010: a systematic analysis,” reports on (...)

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Best Wishes for 2014

[22/01/2014]

From all the team here at the OPC, we wish you a very Happy New Year. We hope that 2014 brings you happiness in all shapes and sizes, full of generosity and good times together. <--> <![endif]--> *TO MAKE A DONATION, CLICK HERE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR (...)

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The OPC seeks a Director of Programmes

[8/01/2014]

The OPC has been well known and respected since 1978 for its expertise, experience and efficiency within the international field of preserving sight. It has been in an official working relationship with WHO since 2000, and benefits from a long-standing confidence from its financial backers. In (...)

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New Year’s Resolutions 2014

[7/01/2014]

Thanks to your generosity and all those who support us … In 2013 the OPC … Every minute ... Has helped preserve the sight of 7 people... Children, men, women, the elderly … In your New Year’s Resolutions for 2014, don’t forget to add "combat blindness" to your list. With your help, we will be (...)

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Ambassador Emma Bernard is tearing up the Snow!

[7/01/2014]

We’re delighted to bring you some news about our ambassador Emma Bernard fresh from the piste: currently in the United States for a week, Emma will soon be on her way to Canada for her final World Cup before the Olympic Games. This is Emma 3 weeks ago at the World Cup in Finland where she (...)

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Two very good reasons to make a donation!

[20/12/2013]

Click HERE to make a donation. A huge thank you for your support.

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The OPC’s Work against Onchocerciasis in the Congo

[18/12/2013]

Bernard Philippon, General Secretary of the OPC, went to Brazzaville (Republic of Congo) between 6th and 14th Decembre with two main aims : to review the results in 2013 - which remain highly satisfying - of the campaign against onchocerciasis in the Congo, to formulate a plan of action, and (...)

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Validation for our Mali Programme

[13/12/2013]

Dr Karim Bengraîne, the OPC’s Executive Director, visited Mali between the 1st and 5th December. The participants in this evaluative trip are, from left to right: Dr Seydou Bakayoko, Assistant Director of the Institute of African Tropical Opthamology (IOTA) ; Dr Karim Bengraïne, Director of (...)

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Save a Child’s Sight for Christmas

[9/12/2013]

*Give the gift of sight this Christmas! This Christmas, give children with eye problems a future. Each year, 1.5 million children in the world become blind, yet 80% of visual problems are easily preventable with an inexpensive treatment. Tens of millions of other children suffer from (...)

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2 Eyes = 2 Photos : The Video!

[21/11/2013]

Thanks to all those who by posting their "double-portraits" have helped to make World Sight Day 2013 a great moment for the OPC and therefore for those who benefit from our actions to prevent blindness. Thanks to our ambassadors and our faithful patrons and partners who have also played the (...)

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Ayo, the OPC’s new Ambassador

[18/11/2013]

Ayo supports the OPC as an Ambassador. On the behalf of all those who benefit from the sight preserving programmes of the Organisation for the Prevention of Blindness, as well as those who support and animate the OPC, we thank the singer Ayo from the bottom of our hearts. Whether travelling, (...)

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Complete Ocular Health Care in Niger : OPC on the Scene

[18/11/2013]

The OPC’s Director of Programmes, Dr Karim Bengraïne and the Director of the Regional Western African Office (Bamako, Mali), Doctor Seydou Mariko are in Niger for the 18-23 November. This is in order to advance with the OPC’s partners in putting the complete ocular health care programme in place (...)

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World Diabetes Day

[14/11/2013]

Diabetic retinopathy, the silent and little known illness Diabetic retinopathy is a serious complication of diabetes: for diabetic people, the constant presence and elevated quantities of sugar in the blood impairs the small arteries of organs. In this case the health of the retina is crucial (...)

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3 November, Solar Eclipse in Mali, Danger for Eyes

[31/10/2013]

A solar eclipse will take place on the 3 November 2013. It will begin at 11.08, and will be over by at least 12.46. This Sunday, "it will be night in the middle of the day", and all faces will be turned towards to sky to see this common spectacle, but it is extremely dangerous for everybody’s (...)

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World Sight Day: Thanks

[22/10/2013]

THANK YOU. On behalf of the OPC and all the people we help in central and western Africa, thank you to Rokia Traoré for her unfailing support, thanks to all the individuals and businesses who have helped to spread our campaign "2 eyes = 2 photos", thank you to all our volunteers who have helped (...)

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Trachoma Elimination Plan accepted by Chad’s Health Ministry

[18/10/2013]

The National Strategic Plan 2013-2017 for the Elimination of Trachoma in Chad (Trachoma Action Plan) has been given the go-ahead by the Chadian Health Ministry. Following the visit in N’Djamena of the OPC’s Director of Programmes and the Director of the Regional Office for West Africa, from the (...)

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OPC on France Infos with Rokia Traoré

[16/10/2013]

Rokia Traoré, featured on the September 27th episode of the programme "A la découverte de ..." (« Getting to know… ») on the radio station France Infos, invited the OPC to join her on-air. Representing the OPC was our administrator Bernard Phillipon, a medical biologist and specialist in (...)

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OPC Mission in Chad

[16/10/2013]

From the 15 to the 17 October, Dr Karim Bengraïne (Director of Programmes) and Dr Seydou Mariko (Regional Director of the West African Office in Bamako, Mali) will make a working trip to N’Djamena in Chad. Objective : to work on the final details of the national programme for the fight against (...)

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A BIG THANK YOU to Rokia Traoré

[14/10/2013]

A HUGE THANK YOU to our ambassador Rokia Traore. The OPC, at her invitation has been able to meet her fans at the end of her Trianon concert on Friday and to raise its profile to a new audience. We will soon publish the "double-portraits" which were taken on the night and continued the (...)

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Moh! is going to make his music video!

[14/10/2013]

All the team at the OPC is delighted for Moh! Kouyaté, our ambassador, who has got together the necessary funding for the filming of his music video, "Tu t’en vas, ca va pas!"

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WORLD SIGHT DAY

[10/10/2013]

Today Project "2 eyes = 2 photos" for World Sight Day 2013 ! A symbolic and friendly event: each person can make their mark in the fight against blindness by posting their two photos on the OPC’s Facebook : www.facebook.com/opc.ngo Take a look and share the video below : Image below : (...)

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The OPC’s Ambassadors

[23/09/2013]

The OPC warmly thanks its ambassadors who align themselves with the humanist values of the OPC and support its projects and activities. Claudie Haigneré. Scientist, Astronaut, former Minister delegate for Research and President of Université Science 1, Sorbonne, Paris. To find out more, (...)

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Rokia Traoré, Ambassador for the OPC

[19/09/2013]

Rokia Traoré has received the honour of Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government. She was made Knight of this order ten years ago. This is a French honorary title which is awarded by the Ministry of Culture. It recognisies "individuals who stand out with their (...)

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Dr Yaya’s Assignment Report from CAR

[10/09/2013]

Doctor Georges Yaya, Head of the team in the OPC’s Mobile Ocular Surgery Unit and Director of the National Programme to Combat Blinding Diseases has carried out an assignment in the health centres of Boda, Nola and Bayanga, in the south west of the Central African Republic (CAR). To find (...)

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Fight against trachoma in CAR: official delivery of medication

[21/08/2013]

As part of the national plan of the fight against trachoma in the Central African Republic, Doctor Georges Yaya has had the pleasure of officially receiving the quantity of Zithromax, generously provided by the Pfizer laboratory. This is necessary for year 1 of the five-year plan which will (...)

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Strengthening of the Partnership with the Lions Clubs International Foundation

[19/08/2013]

Following the meeting of 14 August 2013, the SightFirst Advisory Committee of the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has decided to grant US$1,088,515 to OPC’s comprehensive eye care project in the regions of Tahoua and Tillabéry in the Republic of Niger. Based on the reinforcement of (...)

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2012 Accounts

[19/08/2013]

2012 Accounts *The treasurer’s note Thanks to your generosity, the OPC saw a rise in funds in 2012 which allowed us to take up developping our missions in preserving the sight of the poorest populations of French Speaking Africa again. However, the balance sheet is proving to be mitigated. (...)

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Neglected tropical diseases and eye health

[5/08/2013]

While neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) have been recognised for centuries indeed as ‘biblical plagues’ – NTDs have, as the name implies, remained below the radar of most international and national policy-makers. This relative neglect can be seen in examining the Millennium Development Goal (...)

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Help the OPC by fundraising in Paris

[15/07/2013]

You can help us to flight blindness constructively : Show your solidarity on the first weekend of October (Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th) by joining the Lions Club in Paris (our new partners as of this year) and the OPC and taking to the streets of Paris. By giving merely one or two hours of (...)

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SIGN UP TO OUR NEWSLETTER

[15/07/2013]

Stay up to date with the OPC’s work, with news on the programmes, the top stories, our concrete work in the field,the latest results and testimonials. Don’t miss out on upcoming public or professional events. Subscribe to the OPC’s newsletter. Click (...)

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New Action Plan for Prevention of Visual Loss: World Health Assembly

[8/07/2013]

In May, the World Health Assembly (WHA) adopted a new global action plan for prevention of avoidable blindness and visual impairment, for 2014–2019. The plan sets a global target of a 25% reduction in the prevalence of avoidable visual impairment by 2019 from the baseline of 2010. In 2010, the (...)

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Professor Resnikoff, Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour

[3/07/2013]

Professor Serge Resnikoff, President of the Organisation for the Prevention of Blindness, is decorated with the insignia of Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour by Mr. Henri Chibret, titular member of the National Academy of Pharmacy, President of the Board of Directors of Thea (...)

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96th International Lions’ Club Convention

[3/07/2013]

Karim Bengraïne will have talks with the leadership of the Lions Club International Foundation, an essential financial partner of the OPC. Their related projects in trachoma control and the provision of full eye healthcare in French-speaking Africa will be discussed. He will also meet important (...)

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Neglected tropical diseases and eye health

[1/07/2013]

Some neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are fatal and others can cause serious physical impairments that particularly affect women and children. They are more prevalent in rural areas, slums and conflict zones. The OPC fights two of them, trachoma and onchocerciasis. TRACHOMA AND (...)

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Blindness : a global problem

[26/06/2013]

copyright Michael Jacque There are 285 million visually impaired people in the world, 39 million of whom are blind. In France it is estimated that 2 million people are visually impaired and 77 000 are blind. From a purely financial point of view, blindness and visual impairement will have (...)

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New dispatches of Ophthalmological equipment

[21/06/2013]

Dr Karim Bengraine (Executive manager) and Dr Seydou Mariko (coordinator of the OPC in Africa - West African Regional Office) visited Mr Peyrat, manager of the Peyrat Ophthalmology establishments, in Marseille. From left to right : Dr Mariko, Mr Peyrat, Dr Bengraïne The distribution of (...)

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The OPC fights Onchocerciasis in the Congo

[19/06/2013]

sightsavers-2012 The elimination of Onchocerciasis has been confirmed in Mali, Guinea and Senegal, where hardly any cases have been detected of late. Henceforth we will monitor zones previously infected for several years, in order to be certain that the parasite has disappeared on a (...)

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Subscribe to the OPC Newsletter

[18/06/2013]

Stay up to date with the OPC’s work, with news on the programmes, the top stories, our concrete work in the field, the latest results and testimonials. Don’t miss the latest public or professional events. Subscribe to the OPC newsletter! To receive the next newsletter by mail, you can (...)

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WHA Approves Universal Eye Health Global Action Plan

[5/06/2013]

WHA Approves Universal Eye Health Global Action Plan Monday, 3 June, 2013 - 14:21 Delegates at the 66th World Health Assembly in Geneva approved without amendments the draft resolution (EB132.R1) “Towards universal eye health: a global action plan 2014-2019” and endorsed the action plan (...)

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International Women’s Health Day

[28/05/2013]

According to World Health Organisation estimates, 40 million people in the world are blind, and 246 million have visual deficiencies. In developing countries, women are at considerably higher risk than men of becoming blind.(WHO Source) 80% of blindness illnesses, however, are avoidable. This (...)

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World Africa Day

[25/05/2013]

In 1979, "Yeleen", "light" in Bambara, was the first eye health programme planned and implemented by the OPC. The programme was undertaken in the African state of Mali. (Find out more ) _ This success represents the cornerstone on which public eye health is based in Mali. It carries on for (...)

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2012 Progress report now available

[17/05/2013]

To read download the 2012 OPC record of activity click on the icon below:

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Trachoma : development of a network of expertise in French-Speaking Africa

[15/05/2013]

On Tuesday the 14th of May a meeting was held at the OPC headquaters, proposing the development of a network of french-speaking African experts on Trachoma. _At the request of the International Trachoma Initiative (ITI), represented by Chantal Veira, and the OPC, represented by Karim (...)

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SFO Congress 2013

[14/05/2013]

Each year, the SFO Congress has allowed the OPC, its adminstrators, paid staff, English-speaking interns to welcome its various partners, with whom we regularly work, to our stand. These include ophthalmologists (who came from many of the African countries in which the OPC has intervened or (...)

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The OPC at the SFO Congress

[10/05/2013]

The 119th Congress of the French Society of Ophthalmology (SFO): from tomorrow until the 14th May, as it is every year, the OPC stand situated on the 2nd floor near the association’s village will constitute the focal point for the activities led in the last year and those to be undertaken in the (...)

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OPC Results 2012

[3/05/2013]

To see all our figures, click HERE.

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OPC at the French Ophthalmology Society Congress

[2/05/2013]

The 119th Congress of the French Ophthalmology Society is taking place in the Palais des Congrès, in Paris, as it does every year. The OPC will have a stand from the 11th to the 14th May, which will allow us in particular to welcome our various partners, African representatives of the OPC and (...)

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The wife of Mr Bagayoko has died

[16/04/2013]

It is with great sadness that we have just learned that Mrs Bagayoko has died. She was the spouse of Ballan Bagayoko, the driver for the Bureau Régional Afrique de l’Ouest, the OPC’s West Africa Office based in Mali. Mrs Bagayoko sadly died during the birth of her third child, who is healthy and (...)

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"Light for the World" Meeting with the OPC and Confederation of European Organisations

[4/04/2013]

OPC President Professor Serge Resnikoff and Chief Programmes Officer Dr Karim Bengraïne participated in an informal meeting between European organisations of a modest size who share the goal of combatting blindness and physical disabilities: LFTW-Austria, LFTW - Belgium, - LFTW- The Netherlands, (...)

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Central African Republic: OPC collaborators are safe and well

[4/04/2013]

More than ever, we are supportive of all the people who work for the OPC in Central African Republic (CAR). Dr Yaya on the OPC stand at the SFO congress The recents news received from Dr. Georges Yaya, an ophthalmologist, Head of Service at CNHU of Bangui, and OPC representative are (...)

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European Network "Light for the World", meeting in Vienna

[2/04/2013]

With a view to coordinating actions of development and solidarity, the OPC is follwing up its consultations on a European scale. Preliminary interviews took place with the organisation Licht Für Die Welt in the OPC premises in Paris, at the beginning of January 2013. The two associations are (...)

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Ophthalmology Human Resources Deficit in Africa: Chief Programmes Officer returns from Tanzania

[2/04/2013]

The success of policies in reinforcing systems for the health and development of eye care in Africa is restricted by the proven lack of qualified human resources. The aim of the meeting in Dar-es-Salaam was to bring together responses to this crucial lack of staff, and regrouping all the (...)

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B.Philippon’s Mission in the Republic of the Congo

[27/03/2013]

Bernard Philippon has returned from his mission in Brazzaville (Republic of the Congo) from the 17th to 22th March 2013. Main objective: funding for the National Program to combat Onchocerciasis in the Republic of the Congo, already led by the OPC for 12 years, by our partner Sightsavers.. (...)

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Bilan Meeting of the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control

[26/03/2013]

Bernard Philippon, OPC General Secretary and medical biologist, has worked on onchoceriasis since 1965. He participated from 11th to 16th March 2013 in the bi-annual meeting Technical Consultative Committee (CCT) of the African Programme for Onchoceriasis Control (APOC) of which he is one of 12 (...)

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Workshop at Dar-es-salaam, in Tanzania

[25/03/2013]

Numerous African countries suffer from a lack of qualified ophthalmological staff. Adding to the lack of teachers are weak teaching capabilities, insufficient infrastructures and equipment, training that is generally not adapted to the needs of the population, a lack of instructive material, (...)

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Dr Philippon is in the Congo

[22/03/2013]

Dr Bernard PHILIPPON has gone to the Republic of the Congo in order to: contact their National Program for Onchoceriasis Control, led by the Ministry of Health in the Republic of the Congo; participate in the WHO Regional Consultative Meeting on Neglected Tropical (...)

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Support the OPC’s fight against trachoma!

[14/03/2013]

Since 1978, the OPC has fought to save the sight of the most deprived populations, thanks for the faithful support of our donators. The two National Programmes for Trachoma Control in Central African Republic (CAR) and Chad are currently about to enter the operational phase. These programmes (...)

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The Important Stages in the OPC’s fight against Trachoma

[13/03/2013]

copyright International Trachoma Initiative 1st Stage (January-June 2012): Defining the National Programme for Trachoma Control Drawing on extensive experience, the OPC organised several workshops in both the Central African Republic and in Chad, joining with its main partners with the aim of (...)

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Our Chief Programmes Officer returns from his mission to Chad

[4/03/2013]

From left to right: Dr Dezoumbe, Director of the PNLC, Susan Walker, Head of NTD Programmes for SSI, Dr Djada, the OPC’s representative in Chad, Barkakali, from OPC Chad, Bay, administrator for PNLC, Dr Karim Bengraïne, the OPC Chief Programmes Officer Dr Karim Bengraïne has returned from his (...)

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Chief Programmes Officer’s Mission to Chad - 25th February to 2nd March

[25/02/2013]

Dr Karim Bengraïne, Chief Programmes officer for the OPC, has left to go on a mission to Chad today as part of the National Programme for Trachoma Control (PNLT). The objective is to eliminate trachoma, a serious public health problem in Chad, by 2016, thanks to the help of our privileged (...)

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OPC President Serge Reskinoff discusses the fight against trachoma on German radio

[25/02/2013]

Cécile Leclerc, journalist for Deutsche Welle, and the OPC President Serge Resnikoff Serge Resnikoff, President of the OPC and a specialist in combatting blindness internationally has been interviewed about trachoma by Deutsche Welle (a German international radio station) for a magazine (...)

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Continual progress for the fight against trachoma!

[15/02/2013]

Our Chief Programmes Officer, Dr Karim Bengraïne, has been having many meetings in Bangui with Dr Georges Yaya (OPC representative and Director of the Programme for the fight against trachoma), Dr Pierre Kanda (Coordinator of the National Programme for Trachoma Control), Yohan Wilhem (Director (...)

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Our Chief Programmes Officer visits the Central African Republic from 12th to 16th February

[11/02/2013]

As part of the National Programme for the fight against trachoma (PNLT), Dr Karim Bengraïne, the OPC’s Chief Programmes Officer, is leaving tomorrow for Central African Republic. The aim of the programme is to eliminate trachoma, a disease which is a significant public health concern in CAR, (...)

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G-Communication launches a campaign for the OPC

[29/01/2013]

The global communications agency G-Communication has generously offered its services free of charge to the OPC as part of a media campaign based on our new visual identity. The campaign started in December and has been used by the OPC to communicate our programmes and to appeal to the (...)

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Work continues as normal for the OPC team in Mali

[29/01/2013]

Work continues as normal for our staff, colleagues and friends out in Mali. Recent events facing the country have not affected our programmes. Ophthalmologic consultations, as well as operations carried out in hospitals and by the mobile teams in 4x4 cars (“UMCO” – Mobile Ocular Surgery Unit), (...)

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The OPC’s African Coordinator, Dr Seydou Mariko, is currently visiting our office in Paris

[24/01/2013]

Analysis and control of budgets Dr Seydou Mariko, the OPC’s African Coordinator, is currently visiting the OPC’s Paris office. A number of meetings are planned to ensure successful implementation of control programmes currently underway in the Central African Republic and Chad, as part of the (...)

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Estimated 2012 results for the OPC

[24/01/2013]

First of all we would like to thank all of the OPC’s supporters, donors, volunteers and partners; without their help we would not be able to protect the sight of millions of children and adults at risk of going blind in the poorest countries of the world. Below is a summary of some of the OPC’s (...)

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Introducing Karim Bengraïne, the new Director of Programmes at the OPC

[22/01/2013]

Dr Karim Bengraïne has replaced Dr Moulia-Pelat as Director of Programmes at the OPC. Dr Moulia-Pelat now works as head of the epidemiology unit at CERMES in Niamey, Niger, a medical research centre specialising in meningitis, malaria and acute respiratory infections. Karim Bengraïne has a (...)

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Dr Resnikoff, Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour of France

[10/01/2013]

The OPC is delighted to announce that upon the new year of the National Order of the Legion of Honour, Dr Resnikoff, President of the Organisation for the Prevention of Blindness, was promoted to Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour. This honour marks the recognition of (...)

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The OPC live tomorrow on idfm98 radio station

[10/01/2013]

The OPC’s Director of Programmes will discuss the OPC, its missions and actions during a radio interview on IDFM live tomorrow morning at 11:40am. IDFM is a Parisian radio station that has been broadcasting 24 hours a day since 1982. You can listen to the interview on 98 FM or on the internet (...)

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Radio Interview with Mr Philippon on Onchocerciasis

[8/01/2013]

Bernard Philippon started working with onchocerciasis in 1965, and has been taking part in the fight against this disease in Western Africa for 25 years. He is a consultant and sits on the Technical Advisory Committee for the WHO’s African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC). In his (...)

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“OPC Menu” (LINA’S Partnership)

[17/12/2012]

LINA’S, the prestigious fast-food restaurant set up in 1989, has now been in partnership with the OPC since September 2012. The first step was to put posters up and to offer presentation materials about the OPC to customers. Over the Christmas period and up until 7th January, LINA’s will be (...)

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The OPC participates in a workshop in Senegal

[10/12/2012]

Recent studies have shown that training of healthcare professionals (ophthalmologists, specialist nurses, opticians/optometrists) was still insufficient in quality and quantity in French-speaking countries of West Africa, in terms of the needs of the growing population, and more particularly (...)

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Give a child the gift of sight this Christmas

[5/12/2012]

Every minute, one child and twelve adults go blind. The OPC fights to save the sight of the most deprived people in the world.Christmas is coming, and there’s nothing better than seeing children happy at this festive time. The OPC works to save the sight and lives of young Africans: 50,000 (...)

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OPC Newsletter - "Children"

[29/11/2012]

The OPC’s Newsletter No. 12 is now online and available to download. Contents: A few words from the OPC’s President, Dr Serge Resnikoff; The fight against trachoma in the Central African Republic and Chad; Two other missions for preserving the sight of children: Protecting the sight and (...)

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Concert for Sight

[27/11/2012]

CONCERT FOR SIGHT: " ORGUE et RÉCITANTS " (ORGAN AND RECITALS) The organ of Église Saint-Sulpice With the support of Professor Pouliquen, member of the Académie Française, who will be present on the evening. Date: Monday 10th December Time: 8.30pm Place: Église Saint-Sulpice (Paris, 6th (...)

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Lions Clubs de Paris donate a cheque to the OPC

[23/11/2012]

From left to right: Nathalie Brunet, Brigitte Goldenberg, Dominique Henault, Jean-François Ceccon, Serge Resnikoff and Bernard Philippon Yesterday the Governor of Lions Clubs de Paris, Domique Henault, presented a cheque to the President of the OPC, Professor Serge Resnikoff, from the funds (...)

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Low Vision Program

[13/11/2012]

The OPC has handed over the intellectual rights of the Low Vision Program to the Institut de la Vision (Vision Institute) in the Île-de-France region, for the coordinated and global support of the visually impaired. From left to right: Prof Resnikoff, Prof Sahel, Dr Lebail, Dr Ceccon, and (...)

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Conference and Major Debates in N’Djamena

[16/10/2012]

CONFERENCE POPULATION GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION IN CHAD22nd OCTOBER 3pm – 5pm at the the University of N’Djamena, Ardep Djoumal campus; Amphithéâtre Sciences juridiques With : Jean-Pierre Guengant, demographer at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (Institute of Research (...)

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Joint Partnership between Lina’s and the OPC

[16/10/2012]

LINA’S, the prestigious fast-food restaurant set up in 1989, has established a partnership with the OPC. Céline LABAYSSE, manager of LINA’S boutique, expresses her feelings on the subject. LINA’S: What do you think of the new partnership between LINA’s and the OPC? Céline LABAYSSE: Firstly, (...)

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World Sight Day: Support the OPC

[11/10/2012]

Laye Sékoun suffered from cataracts which occurred as a result of a road accident. Practically blind for several years, this teacher could no longer work or earn enough to raise his children; he had become completely blind. Find out how the operation performed by Dr. Camara “miraculously” (...)

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Partnership between OPTICLIBRE and the OPC: Presentation of the Cheque

[10/10/2012]

Sunday, the last day of Silmo, (“mondial de l’optique”), was a very special day for the OPC. After his fascinating talk on “Eyes and Life”, Professor Pouliquen, the Honorary Chairman of the OPC, received a cheque from Mr. Seligan, the Founding President of OpticLibre, marking the ethical and (...)

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National Days of Associations for the Blind: The Collection is Complete

[9/10/2012]

This year, once again, as has become a tradition of the partnership between the Lions Club of Paris and the OPC, more than 100 volunteers roamed the streets of the capital at the weekend. Despite the mild weather on Saturday, the collection still managed to raise thousands of euros! (...)

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Read the story of how Mr Sekoun regained his sight

[3/10/2012]

Following a road accident, Laye Sékoun suffered from cataracts. Almost completely blind for several years, he had to give up his job as a teacher and hence couldn’t earn enough money to raise his children. He would have become completely blind had he not been operated on by Dr Camara, who, in Mr (...)

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Talk by Professor Pouliquen at Silmo

[2/10/2012]

Mr. Yves Pouliquen, Professor of Ophthalmology and member of the Académie Française, will be giving a talk on the theme of “Eyes and Life” at the ‘Mondial de l’optique’ show (Silmo) on Sunday 7th October 2012 at 12pm. This event is part of the long-term partnership established between the OPC and (...)

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Charitable Partnership with Perspectives Musicales

[6/09/2012]

The Perspectives Musicales Company is now selling music with all profits going to the OPC. Please feel free to visit their site and buy a CD or download some music: all profits go to the OPC!To order: Go directly to the OPC’s page (click here) then click ‘Choose this association for benefits’. (...)

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Fighting against trachoma in Chad and CAR

[25/07/2012]

In pilot zones in Chad and CAR, the SAFE strategy will be able to be implemented. This strategy, recommended by WHO and designed to treat and prevent trachoma, is an innovative public health approach which combines Surgery, Antibiotics, Facial cleanliness and Environmental change. Image (...)

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The OPC launches an online community for our English-speaking supporters

[23/07/2012]

Keeping in touch with the OPC just became much easier! Following on from the addition of an English translation of the OPC’s website, you can now get our latest news updates straight to your newsfeed by: Liking our Facebook page Adding us as a Facebook friend Following us on Twitter Through (...)

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Volunteer notaries needed

[23/07/2012]

If you think you can help the OPC as a notary, don’t hesitate to contact us on 01.44.12.41.99 or by email: legs@opc.asso.fr As a potential donor, to consider leaving a bequest or a donation for the OPC is to join the women and men who choose to leave a mark and a name in the fight that the OPC (...)

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How to fundraise for the OPC

[18/07/2012]

There are plenty of ways to get your friends and family involved in fundraising for the OPC: you could take advantage of an event that’s already been planned, or organise an event specifically with the goal of fundraising. Shave your hair, stop smoking, lose weight or do a sponsored silence. (...)

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The OPC website has been optimised

[18/07/2012]

Thanks to the donation in kind of Laurence Perier, web developer and project manager at Créatives du Web, the OPC’s site has totally evolved: English translation, subscription to the newsletter, search engine, RSS feed, links to our social network profiles, etc. The website has also become (...)

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Will you be part of the campaign to end avoidable blindness by 2020?

[6/07/2012]

A few things you need to know about avoidable blindness… 39 million people are blind 90% of blind people live in the developing world 31 million people are avoidably blind We have the knowledge and medicine to successfully treat them... But not enough staff and resources. The World (...)

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Community Eye Health Journal Issue 77: Low Vision

[6/07/2012]

The OPC supports the Community Eye Health Journal, which is published by the International Centre for Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. It aims to provide up to date and relevant information for those engaged in the fight against avoidable blindness. What’s in (...)

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Create your fundraising page for the OPC!

[3/07/2012]

GET INVOLVED ON BEHALF OF THE OPC! Make the most of an event or a challenge, organise a celebration or a birthday party, or come up with your own fundraising idea. You can put your plans into action today! It’s easy to create your fundraising page to help the OPC, just post the link on your (...)

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International Day of Action for Women’s Health

[28/05/2012]

According to World Health Organisation estimates, 40 million people worldwide are blind and 246 million are visually impaired. Recent studies show that in developing countries, women are clearly at a greater risk than men of becoming blind. (Source WHO) However 80% of blinding conditions are (...)

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Today is Africa Day

[25/05/2012]

In 1979, the first ocular health programme planned and run by the OPC was launched at a country wide level, in Mali. It was called ’Yeleen’, which means ’light’ in bambara. (find out more) This success represented the cornerstone supporting ophthalmic public health in Mali. It is still in (...)

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Heroes Race: Sign up now!

[22/05/2012]

Join the OPC’s charity runners: discover this fundraising challenge and sign up! Here’s what last year’s participants had to say. Guillaume Desnoes, race organiser: "The Heroes Race brings together 1,200 participants which means we are able to fundraise a minimum of 600,000€ for the various (...)

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Trachoma: the fight continues

[21/05/2012]

Video produced by The Fred Hollows Foundation, working within the International Coalition for Trachoma Control. Music courtesy of Sigur Rós - ’Glósóli’ from the album ’Takk...’ (2005) Trachoma is an infectious disease which causes irreversible blindness. It blinds someone every 15 seconds. Around 84 (...)

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The OPC welcomes visitors at the SFO Conference

[2/05/2012]

Small groups chatted informally about a range of subjects. Reports, questions and the future of ophthalmology in developing countries were all discussed. The OPC’s forum took place on Sunday, and was principally devoted to the topic of training. This saw the opportunity to bring together a (...)

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The OPC’s stand set up at the SFO Conference

[2/05/2012]

Situated in the charity zone, we wholeheartedly thank the French Ophthalmology Society for allocating us such a spacious and well-positioned location.

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SFO Conference: OPC Partners Forum

[28/04/2012]

Programme for the OPC Partners Forum which will take place during the 118th SFO Conference, at the Palais des Congrès, Port Maillot in Paris, 29th April 2012. (29th April 2012 / 14:00 - 17h:00 / Room N° 241 - level 2) PresentationProf. S. Resnikoff: moderator The initial and continued training (...)

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Ophthalmology training: the OPC distributes educational resources

[12/04/2012]

As part of the creation of a library collection composed of ophthalmology treatises and manuals as well as educational material, intended to accompany ophthalmic nurses in training (ISO and TSO), the OPC has: sent 30 books from OPC stocks to Niger. Dr Amza will take the remaining works for (...)

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Vision professionals, attend the OPC forum at the SFO conference

[12/04/2012]

As happens every year at the French Ophthalmology Society (SFO) conference, a fair reserved for professionals which will take place 27th- 30th April, the Organisation for the Prevention of Blindness is organising a forum to bring together its partners. Two topics will be discussed, Initial (...)

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International Women’s Day and blindness

[22/03/2012]

It is estimated that 40 million people in the world are blind and that 246 million suffer from visual impairment (Source World Health Organisation, WHO). This day serves as an occassion to remind the OPC that, according to research, women have significantly higher risk than men of becoming (...)

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Dr Moulia-Pelat’s new mission in Chad and CAR

[22/03/2012]

During his last mission in Africa, Dr Moulia-Pelat, Director of programmes at the OPC, had prepared the organisation of national plans to fight against trachoma, in Chad and the CAR, with respect to the four components of the acronym S.A.F.E (or C.H.A.N.C.E in French). (S) for eyelid surgery, (...)

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Heroes Race: New video!

[22/03/2012]

GET INVOLVED WITH THE OPC TO PRESERVE THE SIGHT OF 800,000 PEOPLE! Unite with the runners taking part in the Heroes Race. By getting sponsorship to run or walk 6 kilometres, you and your friends and family will finance our programme in the Congo and stop 800,000 people from becoming blind! (...)

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National programme for the fight against trachoma in CAR

[22/03/2012]

The validation workshop for the Programme for the fight against trachoma (PNLT) took place from the 14th-16th March 2012 at the Institute Pasteur’s premises in Bangui, CAR (Central African Republic). This workshop was a success as the epidemiological surveys (1) - mapping out trachoma- and a (...)

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World Glaucoma Week starts today

[22/03/2012]

Glaucoma is one of the principal causes of blindness in the world. To date, more than 60 millions people throughout the world are affected by glaucoma and over 7 million of them are blind. These figures will increase in the years to come as a result of the increase of life expectancy among the (...)

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National Programme for the fight against trachoma in Chad

[15/03/2012]

The validation workshop for the national programme for the fight against trachoma (PNLT) took place in Chad, (N’Djamena) from the 7th to the 9th of March 2012. It was mostly financed by the ITI (International Trachoma Initiative), the OPC and Sight Savers International. From left to right: (...)

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