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.

MICEI LAYOUT

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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Updated architectural rendering of the two hospital buildings

Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute

Architectural rendering

Architectural rendering

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Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute as of December 2014

In 2015, patients coming for cataract surgery, vitreo-retinal surgery (for retinal detachments, advanced diabetic retinopathy etc.), glaucoma filtering surgery, eye operations on children etc. will be received in this waiting room nearing completion.

Une salle d'attente temoin dans le batiment principal

Waiting room

Entree principale

Main building lobby – work in progress!

Front view as of  11th December 2014

Front view as of 11th December 2014

Main building and second patient ward

Rear view of the main building (left) and second patient ward (right).

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Africa Eye Foundation Board Chairman, Dr Akef El-Maghraby visits construction site

Dr Akef El-Maghraby, board chairman of the Africa Eye Foundation, and main promoter of the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute was in Yaounde, Cameroon, from November 22nd-24th 2014.

Dr El Maghraby reviewing construction plans with the contractor.

Dr El Maghraby reviewing construction plans with the contractor.

The main objective of his visit was to see for himself progress made on the construction and reassess with the contractor what the likely dates for the completion of the first phase buildings are.

Inspecting the construction site.

Inspecting the construction site.

Dr El-Maghraby was also received in audience by H.E. Dr Philemon Yang, Prime Minister of Cameroon and by H.E. Chief Dr Joseph Dion Ngute, the Minister Delegate in Charge of Relations with the Commonwealth at the Ministry of External Relations.

Accompanying Dr El-Maghraby was a team of senior advisers comprised of:

1. Barrister Clement N. Fondufe, representing Latham and Watkins, an international law firm providing pro bono legal services to the Africa Eye Foundation.
2. Prof Aref Soliman, from Magrabi Hospitals
3. Senior Engineer Ahmed Adam, from Magrabi Hospitals
4. Mr Eric Vachetto, world renowned landscape architect.
5. Dr Henry Nkumbe, acting CEO, Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute

Equally present were representatives of some of our partners such as Ms Tammy Merril from ORBIS and Mr Peter Mue from CBM.
It should be recalled that the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital visited Cameroon in October 2013, one of the first fruits of our partnership.

Group photograph with Dr El-Maghraby front of main building.

Group photograph with Dr El-Maghraby front of main building.

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