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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Discours du MINREX a l’occasion de la signature de l’arrangement d’établissement entre le gouvernement de la République du Cameroun et Africa Eye Foundation (AEF)

La cérémonie de signature de l’arrangement d’établissement entre le gouvernement de la République du Cameroun et Africa Eye Foundation (AEF) s’est tenue le 23 novembre 2015.

AEF été représenté par le Professeur Bruce SPVEY, Secrétaire Général et Membre du Conseil d’Administration d’ Africa Eye Foundation.

Voici l’intégralité du discours du MINREX prononcé à cette occasion par le Ministre des Rélations Extérieures, S.E. Mbella Mbella.



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Eye care for all – WSD 2015

World Sight Day 2015 will be on 8 October 2015.

Africa Eye Foundation is working with IAPB and many other partners to ensure that this year’s World Sight Day call to action (Eye Care for All) is a reality, not only in Cameroon but in other countries in Central Africa.

Soins des yeux pour tous

Journee Mondiale de la Vue 2015

Uncorrected refractive error, cataract and glaucoma remain the main causes of visual impairment and blindness in Cameroon.

However, the rapid rise in the number of diabetics in Cameroon means that urgent action needs to be taken to also address diabetic retinopathy, which, in developed economies, has long been known to be the main cause of blindness among people of working age.

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Africa eye foundation fighting avoidable visual impairment from cataract

Facade principale

Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute – August 2015

Getting closer to the architectural rendering!

Architectural rendering

Architectural rendering

And yes, Africa Eye Foundation is indeed pioneering Central Africa’s first non-profit, sub-specialty eye hospital and training institute in Cameroon. While cataract will remain high on the agenda, retina, glaucoma, paediatric ophthalmology, oculoplastics, cornea and refractive surgery subspecialties will be brought under one roof!

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US Embassy Medical Attache pays visit to Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute

A delegation from the Health Unit of the US Embassy in Yaounde visited the construction site of the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute on the 1st July 2015.

Health Unit of US Embassy and AEF Cameroon team.

Health Unit of US Embassy and AEF Cameroon team.

The head of the delegation, Mr James Fulton, Medical attaché, was impressed by the initiative and amount of work already done. Mr Fulton promised to share information on the project and invite MICEI to a forum gathering all actors in the health sector organised by the US Embassy in Yaounde.

Viewing MICEI construction plans.

Viewing MICEI construction plans.

Africa Eye Foundation is working with a coalition of partners to improve access to world class eye care services in subspecialties such as retina and vitreous surgery, pediatric ophthalmology, oculoplastics, neuroophthalmology, cataract, glaucoma, cornea and refractive surgery in Cameroon and the entire Central African Subregion.

Optical shop

Optical shop

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Construction work in progress

La façade principale

Front view main hospital building and annex ward.

Consultations externes 1

Consultations externes

Consultations Externes

Consultations Externes

Annex Ward

Annex Ward

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Prime Minister H.E. Dr Philemon Yang visits Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute

On Tuesday 27 January 2015, His Excellency Dr. Philemon Yang, Prime Minister of the Republic of Cameroon, visited the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute (MICEI), located in Oback (15km from Nkolbisson), on the Yaounde-Okola highway.

The PM arrives at the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute, Yaounde

The PM arrives at the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute, Yaounde

The Prime Minister was accompanied by some 10 Cabinet Ministers and close collaborators.

Le PM avec quelques partenaires de Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute

The PM meets some of the key partners of the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute.

Dr Akef El-Maghraby, promoter of the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute and board chairman of the Africa Eye Foundation had travelled all the way from Saudi Arabia to receive the Prime Minister and his entourage.


Following a guided tour of the hospital, which took 25 minutes, Dr Akef El Maghraby presented the vision and mission of the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute.

Visite de Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute par le Premier Ministre, Chef du Gouvernement

Start of guided tour of the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute, led by Dr Akef El Maghraby

The main objective of the project is to deliver comprehensive, high-quality and affordable subspecialty eye care to all independent of their ability to pay, and to Conduct certified hands on training courses to train and equip the African eye care experts of tomorrow.

Photo de famille

The following subspecialties are envisaged: cataract, glaucoma, retina and vitreous surgery, paediatric ophthalmology, cornea, refractive surgery (vision correction with laser), orbit and oculoplastic surgery and neuro-ophthalmology.

The project is estimated to cost more than CFA 8 billion (US$ 16 million), of which more than CFA 3billion have already been raised. Half of the money so far raised has been donated by Dr Akef Maghraby. The rest has been raised by key partners such as CBM, ORBIS, Seeing is Believing, Prof Daniel Etya’ale and ICO. More than CFA one billion has already been invested in Cameroon towards the construction of MICEI, while CFA one billion has equally been spent on biomedical equipment.

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