How we help
Prevention and Cure
4 in 5 people in the world who are blind suffer from eye conditions which are either preventable or treatable. Our eye centre helps to prevent and reverse these causes of blindness. By helping people to see, quality of daily living can drastically improve, not only for them but also for their families and the wider community.
Helping the Blind
We are committed to helping those with irreversible blindness to live with their disability. Being blind is difficult, but being blind in a developing country is infinitely harder. Through rehabilitation, we seek to empower the blind to live as independently as possible. We act as advocates for the blind in society.
Training and Education
We seek to provide eye education to the community: Many who are blind from cataracts, for example, simply do not know that they can be cured through an operation. We currently have four trained support staff working alongside our Medical Director, Henri. Our dream is for Henri to pass on the necessary surgical skills to others in the future.
The Ouesso Interim Eye Centre
While preparing and building the Ouesso Eye Hospital, New Sight is committed to serve the eye care needs of the community and opened the Ouesso Interim Eye Centre on 18 July 2019.
The Department of Health has lent us a space in their busy, centrally located health centre.
Without any advertisement or promotion, we saw 10 patients on the first morning of opening, and continue to have a steady flow of people seeking help.
The Ouesso Eye Hospital
Having established the Impfondo Eye Clinic, we were invited by local authorities to build an eye hospital in the town of Ouesso.
Ouesso is strategically located and would make eye care accessible for the entire country of Congo. We are passionate to make this a reality.
We are currently fundraising for the Ouesso Eye Hospital and looking forward to the opening in mid-2020.
Donate below to make this eye hospital a reality for our patients.
The Impfondo Eye Centre
The eye centre focuses on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of blindness and visual impairment. It is the first and only eye surgical centre in the North of the Republic of the Congo. We have been providing our full services since 14 January 2013, performing over 1,500 consultations annually. The centre also creates greater access to treatment by delivering a free screening service for villages in the Likouala region.
Since our decision to build and move to a larger hospital in Ouesso, we have gifted the Impfondo eye centre to the Pioneer Christian Hospital. The 4 nurses we have trained are running the eye centre in administrative and clinical tasks including eye tests, treatment, glasses, health education, emergencies and minor surgeries. We will provide ongoing remote support as well as regular visits with surgical campaigns to ensure that they continue to treat patients effectively.
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The Pioneer Christian Hospital
The eye clinic is situated on the grounds of Pioneer Christian Hospital in Impfondo, in buildings of what was once an abandoned communist youth camp. The hospital opened on January 16th, 2006, and has since grown to be a 50-bed general hospital consisting of 30 buildings over a 17-acre site. Its facilities include: Emergency, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Laboratory, Radiology, Pharmacy and Chaplaincy.
The hospital is registered under Global Outreach Mission, an inter-denominational mission organisation with headquarters in New York, USA, and Ontario, Canada.
New Sight is passionate about empowering the local community to ensure greater access to care. We have established a training scheme to recruit local Congolese people and employ them as support staff within the clinic. The scheme provides training and instruction both on the job and on a 1-to-1 basis, extending beyond medical skills to provide IT and administrative experience, too.
New Sight is also committed to educating the wider community in order to ensure that preventable and treatable blindness will be identified as early as possible. This is especially important in conditions such as glaucoma and infection which can progress to irreversible blindness if treatment is delayed.
Donate below to train the local community.
Help us fundraise for the next chapter of New Sight, the building of an eye hospital in Ouesso, in the northern part of the Republic of Congo. Find out more about our project at https://www.newsightcongo.com/ouesso-eye-hospital-project/.