Prof. Daniel Etya’ale gets IAPB Award

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Prof. Daniel Etya’ale gets the IAPB Regional Achievement Award for Africa during the IAPB General Assembly in Durban, South Africa on 27th October 2016.

Africa Eye Foundation and the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute are elated by this recognition of a lifetime of selfless commitment to the fight against avoidable blindness in Africa.

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Prof Daniel Etya’ale

Prof Etya’ale’s leadership in the fight against blindness spans more than three decades. He has served in several capacities including:

1. Consultant and Technical Advisor to WHO Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO)
2. Technical advisor to Christoffel Blinden Mission (CBM) for Africa as well as member of their Medical Advisdory Board in Bensheim, Germany
3. Techical Advisor to the African and International Boards of ORBIS
4. Visiting Professor of Ophthalmology and International Health at the Universities of Ottawa (Canada), San Francisco (USA), Insbruck, Gratz (Austria) Munich (Germany), Basel (Swizterland)
5. Former member of the Executive Committee of the International Council of Ophthalmology, the supreme body that oversees the quality of training and vision care in ophthalmology worldwide (2004 – 2012)
6. Lifetime  member of the World Academy of Ophthalmology

7. Founding member of the Africa Eye Foundation, which is developing the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute.

8. World Health Organization.  VISION 2020 Coordinator for Africa.


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Ou se trouve le Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute?

Ce centre internationale des yeux se trouve a quelques 25 km de l’Hotel Hilton de Yaounde.  Le village s’appele Oback, sur la route d’Okola (15km d’Okola).


Les consulations sont actuellement possibles du lundi au vendredi de 8h00 – 14h00.



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People behind the scenes

It is 18:12 as Ella, our landscape supervisor, strikes a pose before calling it a day!


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Visite du MINSANTE au Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute MICEI

On Monday, May 30th 2016, the Minister of Public Health of Cameroon, H.E. Andre Mama Fouda paid a visit to the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute (MICEI) at Oback, on the outskirts of Yaounde.

Dr Maghraby et H.E. Mama Fouda (MINSANTE)

Start of guided tour of MICEI by Dr Akef El Maghraby, AEF Board Chairman. 

Following a guided tour of the hospital, H.E. Andre Mama Fouda handed over the document authorising MICEI to operate in Cameroon.

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Start of guided tour of MICEI by Dr Akef El Maghraby, AEF Board Chairman.

Dr El Maghraby was accompanied to Cameroon by Prof Bradley Straatsma (AEF Vice President), Prof Bruce Spivey (AEF Secretary General) as well as a senior engineer and senior managers from the Magrabi Group.

MINSANTE face a la presse

Minister of Health addresses the press.

According to the Minister of Health, MICEI will not only reduce the need for medical evacuations abroad for eye care, it could contribute in making Cameroon an eye care training hub and medical tourism destination.

Africa Eye Foundation Board Chairman

AEF Board Chairman, Dr Akef El Maghraby, explains the vision and mission of MICEI to the press.  He is flanked by Prof Bradley Straatsma (left) and Prof Bruce Spivey (right). 

AEF Board Chairman and Minsante at MICEI

Visite du MINSANTE au Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute a Oback, pres de Yaounde.

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Prof Daniel Etya’ale’s visit in pictures

Working sessions with Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute team.

Personnel du MICEI

Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute Team

Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Public Health and Africa Eye Foundation.

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Signing of MOU by Prof Etya’ale, Africa Eye Foundation, and H.E. Mama Fouda, Minister of Health



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Africa Eye Foundation at the Global Financial Markets Forum

… there are approximately 40 million people who are blind, 80% of which is avoidable and preventable. It becomes an ethical imperative that we all do our best to make sure that doesn’t happen…

Tamer Makary, Vice President of Africa Eye Foundation,  at the Global Financial Markets Forum 2015. 

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Eye Care Leaders from West and Central Africa Visit Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute

Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute was honoured in February 2016 by three delegations of eye care leaders from Central and West Africa.  Construction of the institute is nearing completion and most of the equipment is already on site.

West African College of Surgeons, Ophthalmology Faculty.

Collège Ouest Africain des Chirurgiens, Faculté d’Ophtalmologie.

The first delegation, comprised of ophthalmology faculty and fellows of the West African College of Surgeons (WACS).   Led by Prof Chimdi Chuka-Okosa, Chairman of the Ophthalmology Faculty Board, they took time off their rather busy schedules during the 56th annual conference of WACS holding in Yaounde to visit MICEI on 16th February 2016. The delegation also included renowned leaders such as Professor Folashade Akinsola, Professor Caroline Adeoti and Dr Dupe Ademola-Popoola.



WACS Ophthalmology Faculty at MICEI


The WACS delegation was followed closely by the visit of Dr Stephen Akafo and Dr Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, two renowned vitreoretinal surgeons and senior lecturers from Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana. With 2,000 beds, Korle Bu Teaching hospital is believed to be the third largest hospital in Africa.

Korle Bu Teaching Hospital Ophthalmologists.

Dr Akafo et Dr Amissah-Arthur, ophtalmologues spécialisés en chirurgie vitréorétinienne, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Ghana.


On February 27th 2016, it was the turn of the Cameroon Society of Ophthalmology to visit MICEI.

Cameroon Society of Ophthalmology

Visite de la Société Camerounaise d’Ophtalmologie au  Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute.


Ophtalmoscopes Arclight a MICEI

Ophthalmology Residents try out Arclight Ophthalmoscopes from Fred Hollows Foundation at MICEI.

Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute appreciates the words of advice from our friends and visitors.





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