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INTERNATIONAL EYE FOUNDATION

Preventing Blindness & Saving Sight Since 1961

aka IEF   |   Kensington, MD   |  http://www.iefusa.org

Mission

International Eye Foundation is dedicated to helping people see! Since 1961 IEF has taken up the challenge in poor countries around the world, helping to restore sight and prevent blindness. IEF offers strong new strategic directions that focus on making eye clinics financially self sufficient. IEFs achievements include developing eye health services, training ophthalmologists and para-medicals, and fighting vitamin A deficiency, trachoma and river blindness. IEF is now strengthening the management, quality of service, and income generating activities so that eye clinics are less dependent on outside donors and government funds.

Ruling year info

1967

President & CEO

Mr. John M. Barrows MPH

Main address

10801 Connecticut Ave

Kensington, MD 20895 USA

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EIN

52-0742301

NTEE code info

Eye Diseases, Blindness and Vision Impairments (G41)

Public Health Program (E70)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Under served populations are going blind needlessly and we are aiming to save sight and prevent blindness around the world. Our goal is to create sustainable eye care services, especially for the poor.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Sightreach Management in Developing Countries

IEF programs to help people see in the developing world are under the umbrella of SightReach(r), which has two components addressing disease targets, barrier of cost to eye care, and financial sustainability:
SightReach(r) Prevention: - Programs target the 4 conditions responsible for 80% of the world's blindness - cataract, trachoma, onchocerciasis, and childhood blindness.
SightReach(r) Management: - Enhances financial self-sufficiency of eye care providers leading to improved quality of service outcomes and sustainability of eye care services.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Assisting eye care clinics and hospitals in Peru. to increase accessibility and affordability to quality eye care.
THE PROGRAM SUPPORTS LEADERSHIP TO ADAPT TO THE COVID-19 CLIMATE AND
MAINTAIN PATIENT SERVICE DELIVERY. THE KEY OBJECTIVES ARE EXPANDING
MENTORING AND TRAINING USING VIRTUAL MIXED-USE LEARNING MODULES
DEVELOPED IN 2020-2021, INSTALLING AND TRAINING FOR A MANAGEMENT
INFORMATION SYSTEM, SUPPORTING HOSPITAL COVID-19 RECOVERY PLANS, AND
EXPANDING VISION CENTERS. AND EXPAND PARTNERSHIPS AND STRENGTHEN A
COALITION OF HOSPITALS TO SHARE PROGRAM EXPERIENCE.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness 1980

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clinic sites

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with vision impairments

Related Program

Sightreach Management in Developing Countries

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The International Eye Foundation (IEF) continues to grow the number of clinics and hospitals we support across the globe. IEF's Sustainability Network has more than 62 sites across 22 countries.

Number of individuals to whom medicines were distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with vision impairments

Related Program

Sightreach Management in Developing Countries

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Having pioneered Mectizan®distribution in Cameroon in 1992, IEF continues to support the programs in Adamaoua and South Provinces working closely with the National Onchocerciasis Task Force.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit that works with eye hospitals to save sight and prevent blindness around the world.
We build capacity of our eye health partners to create sustainable eye care services, especially for the poor.

Our flagship program to strengthen eye hospitals in the developing world comes out of our vision from 1999 recognizing that 90% of the causes of blindness need treatment by a qualified ophthalmologist with a functioning hospital and modern technology. These should be available, accessible, and affordable to all of the people they serve.

In 2000, IEF identified seven eye hospitals in six countries worldwide that had a commitment and capacity for change (now 66 in 22 countries worldwide as of 2019). Over the years, various clinics and hospitals have accepted our investments and technical assistance for management training, restructuring of processes and procedures, quality and efficiency measures, sustainable financing, revenue generation, and cost reduction.

We are the subject matter experts that team with hospitals and clinics globally to reduce waiting times, increase surgeries, consult with existing physicians and make these places more effective to the communities they serve.

In 2000, IEF identified seven eye hospitals in six countries worldwide that had a commitment and capacity for change (now 66 in 22 countries worldwide as of 2019). Over the years, various clinics and hospitals have accepted our investments and technical assistance for management training, restructuring of processes and procedures, quality and efficiency measures, sustainable financing, revenue generation, and cost reduction.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funds programs that help children who cannot see. Grants often kick-start new initiatives and fund programs that focus on eye screenings, providing eye glasses for children, training pediatric eye care personnel, procuring needed diagnostic equipment, and providing low vision aids and services for blind and visually impaired children. Continuing our commitment to saving the sight of children worldwide, IEF is proud to be the Technical Advisor to the USAID Child Blindness Program 2013-2018 and continuing to do so in the USAID Child Blindness Program 2018-2023 .

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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INTERNATIONAL EYE FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 02/15/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Kathryn Leckey


Board co-chair

Ms. Frances Pierce

Kathryn D. Leckey

no affiliation

Ralph J Helmsen

Frances R Pierce

Ann A. HIlpert

Parijat Jain

Baxter F. McLendon

Alan Lee Robin

Eliza Barnwell

Rowena J. Smith

Brent Thomas Williams

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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