Licht fur die Welt

Project support
To support the development of the Department of Ophthalmology at Jimma University in Ethiopia, with the intention to contribute towards the prevention of blindness in Ethiopia by training local ophthalmologists and cataract surgeons, and by providing eye care services to the people of southwest Ethiopia. The University clinic is situated 365 km southwest of Addis Ababa. The project includes training 20 resident trainees in ophthalmology, 18 cataract surgeons, and 40 ophthalmic clinical officers, screening a total of 148,000 outpatients and 36,000 patients at 8 outreach sites, conducting 51,000 operations and 3,600 of outreach missions, and issuing a total of 15,800 spectacles. Other actions include training 25 students in research techniques, in conducting research projects and publishing the results, and in strengthening the institutional framework of the Department of Ophthalmology.

Licht für die Welt – Christoffel Entwicklungszusammenarbeit (Light for the World – Christoffel Development Cooperation) was founded in 1988 and is now one of the most important European organizations working to save eyesight, improving the quality of life and advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities in the underprivileged regions of the world. The association provides access to treatment and therapy for affected people by supporting local partner organizations. In 2008, Light for the World established a confederation between Light for the World Austria, Czech Republic and Belgium, in order to strengthen their collaboration in the program countries and to improve possibilities to distribute funds and resources. They are mainly working in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, DR Congo, Mozambique, Rwanda and Southern Sudan but are also involved in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. Furthermore they are present in Bolivia, Northern India, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea and Bosnia Herzegovina.