FOCUS is dedicated to promoting
eye care solutions in Haiti.
This is not only through direct patient care, but more importantly by training, equipping, and supplying Haitian ophthalmologists and those in training the tools and support they need to successfully deliver high quality eye care to the people of Haiti. Central to our mission is the idea that progress is best made through coordination of various eye care organizations and individuals in a way that leverages the strengths of each through effective communication and coordination of activities with our Haitian colleagues.
What is the need?
There is a tremendous need for eye care in Haiti since it has one of the highest rates of blindness in the world and a very low number of providers. Training of local doctors is extremely limited by lack of money, equipment and supplies.
Why get involved?
Severe institutional weakness at all levels in Haiti is pervasive and hampers efforts of both non-government organizations (NGOs) and individuals wanting to help. Simply put, many organizations involved in eye care in the developing world struggle to find financially strong and functional Haitian institutional counterparts to work with. Even willing NGOs can not effectively deploy assets easily.
New solutions to old problems are needed.