The momentum needed
Faced with these important needs for taking care of people with visual impairments, Terres d'Ophtalmo and its founding members wish to act and offer their services.
Terres d'Ophtalmo (TO) is an association law 1901, created by the initiative of a group of ophthalmologists and non-doctors, volunteers, with experience of humanitarian action or simply the will to act and support actions in favor of beneficiaries.
The objective of TO is to provide ophthalmological care to populations in situations of medical isolation, but also to be able to carry out a training partnership with members of the health system in the countries of intervention to potentiate and perpetuate our action. .
We act in accordance with the principles of WHO's action to combat blindness, humanitarian law and human rights.
We base our medical and surgical action on medicine based on scientific evidence (Evidence Based Medicine) in order to provide quality care with efficient equipment and volunteers experienced in ophthalmology. We attach great importance to the implementation of controlled surgical procedures with the use of quality equipment and drugs that do not jeopardize the health of patients. TO is committed to working for optimal care while respecting local customs and traditions.
Our action to combat blindness is complementary to the actions carried out by the health authorities of the countries in which we operate. Our wish is to work with them in order to be able to better orient our interventions in favor of the beneficiaries, where they will be more relevant and efficient.
Putting quality at the heart of our actions also means taking care to intervene in the framework of a clearly formalized, balanced and “win-win” partnership with local players.