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 Eye Clinic
The eye clinic is at the heart of New Sight Eye Care, focusing 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 14th January, 2013, performing over 1,500 consultations annually.
The clinic also works to create greater access to treatment by delivering a free screening service for villages in the Likouala region.
Help us provide the care for our patients.
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.
Help us train the local community.