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What is CEHI?

The Community Eye Health Institute (CEHI) was established in 2008 with the broad aim to build capacity in Community Eye Health services in sub-Saharan Africa. Through education and training, programme development and research, CEHI aims to promote the application of the principles and techniques of advocacy, strategic leadership and programme management to improve the performance of district, provincial and national prevention of blindness programmes.

CEHI is supported and assisted by individuals and organisations who share the ideal of adequately resourced eye care programmes, necessary for the furtherance of the goals of the Vision 2020: Right to Sight initiative.

Vision 2020 - the right to sight' is a global initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020. The campaign was launched in 1999 as a collaborative effort between the World Health Organisation, member governments, and about 50 international non government organizations (INGOs) that work in blindness prevention 2. The strategies for implementing Vision 2020 are control and prevention of major blinding conditions, development of human resources, strengthening the existing eye care infrastructure, and use of appropriate and affordable technology.

CEHI's main stakeholders include national and provincial health departments, non-governmental organisations involved in eye care, businesses seeking expression of their corporate social responsibility mandates through eye care outcomes, and individual or programme beneficiaries of the institute's suite of training programmes.

Please note:

CEHI does not provide medical eye care services to individuals.  Our focus is on training, development and research in community eye health programmes.  

People seeking information regarding medical eye services and providers should ask their local doctor or optometrist for appropriate referral.