Founded in 1992, the Armenian EyeCare Project’s mission is to eliminate preventable blindness and to provide access to eye care for Armenians. The Project delivers care through a Five-Point Program including direct patient care, medical education and training, public education and outreach, research and capacity building.
About the eye
The human eye can be compared to a camera that gathers, focuses, and transmits light through a lens to create an image, which allows us to see shapes, colors and dimensions of objects. In a camera, the image is on film; in the eye, the image is on the retina, a thin layer of light sensitive cells at the back of the eye.
Armenia is the “cradle of civilization,” a tiny nation, just a little larger than the size of the state of Maryland and one of the world’s oldest civilizations. Mt. Ararat is considered to be the point of rebirth of life on earth when Noah descended from upon the Holy Mt. Ararat and down into the Araratian Valley of Armenia.
The Armenian EyeCare Project depends entirely on donations to operate its programs with more than 80 percent of donations sent to Armenia. Your charitable gift will help to pay for patient care – medical treatment, surgery, medications, eyeglasses, training and education, equipment and supplies and public education.
Each program for Eye Care Project volunteers in Armenia is specially designed to meet the needs of the volunteer and the Project. Individuals can travel to Armenia on a Medical Mission, a Medical Observership or an Administrative Internship as well as meet and work with the people and see the beauty and learn about the culture of Armenia.
What is the Armenian Eyecare Project?
The Armenian Eyecare Project is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1992, dedicated to providing the Armenian people eye care through five primary programs. The mission of the AECP is to eliminate preventable blindness and its causes in Armenia and to make eye care accessible to all. The organization is governed by a volunteer board of directors and funded with private dollars.
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Bringing Sight to Armenian Eyes
To expand ophthalmology coverage and to meet the eye care needs of the Armenian people in the regions outside of Yerevan, the EyeCare Project has embarked on its biggest project ever – “Five for Five” – to bring accessible, quality eye care to all of the people of Armenia. At the request of the Minister of Health, the EyeCare Project will take the lead, in partnership with the Armenian Health Ministry and the Malayan Eye Hospital, to build five Regional Eye Clinics throughout Armenia. The cost of the project is approximately five million over a period of five years – five clinics for five million.
Why was the Eyecare Project founded?
The AECP was founded by Dr. Roger Ohanesian, a Laguna Beach ophthalmologist, in 1992, after Armenia’s Minister of Health in late 1991 asked the international community for help in fighting a “growing wave of blindness in Armenia” and for assistance with the country’s serious health crisis. The desperate circumstances in Armenia were a result of a number of widespread factors, all occurring in the same time frame.