The joint initiative of Orange Foundation and the Armenian Eye Care Project (AECP) implemented in Syunik region in July came to its end. The initiative aimed at organizing free eye screenings for the population of the region, as well as treatments for socially vulnerable people.
In the scope of the initiative 2,000 adults have undergone eye screening in their regional medical centres, 400 out of which have undergone thorough screening in Mobile Eye Hospital (MEH) and 940 glasses have been provided. 200 eye surgeries and laser treatments have been realized in MEH.
“Completing our mission in Syunik region, with joy we assert that jointly with the Armenian Eye Care Project we could be helpful to many people and bring sight to their eyes. As a telecommunication operator our mission is to facilitate communication between people, therefore, communication impairments have always been in the centre of our attention and people with such impairments under the care of Orange Foundation. With joy we assert that our partnership will be ongoing and this initiative will be implemented in other regions as well, as it brings real changes into people’s life,” said Bruno Duthoit, Chairman of the Board of Orange Foundation.
“We are pleased to note that it is already the 9th year that this initiative “Bringing Sight to Armenian Eyes” has become something of a regular nature for the considerable bulk of the population of the country. In the scope of this initiative we have already realized and will continue realizing eye screenings and treatments for population. Our partnership with Orange Foundation is of great importance for us, as this partnership gives us the possibility to develop larger scale activities. It is not a mere action. It is an important possibility to provide quality eye care services to our population. We are happy to have Orange as our partner in Syunik as well,” said Nune Yeghiazaryan, Country Director of the Armenian Eye Care Project.
Orange Foundation has allotted 7,300,000 AMD for implementation of this initiative in Syunik region.
It is worth adding that in partnership with Orange Foundation AECP will carry out its activities in Armavir region in September-October. Additional information on this will follow later.
Armenian Eye Care Project
Founded in 1992 in the United States, the Armenian Eye Care Project (AECP) is a non-profit corporation, dedicated to the elimination of preventable blindness in Armenia. In 2003, the AECP launched its initiative “Bringing Sight to Armenian Eyes”, the five comprehensive components of which include direct patient care, data collection, analysis and research, medical education and training, public education and awareness and capacity building. The Mobile Eye Hospital (MEH), furnished with up-to-data equipment, visits the Armenian regions to provide high-quality eye care services to the population.In general, around 300,000 people have been screened and more than 14,000 beneficiaries have undergone free eye surgery and/or laser treatment.