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What People are saying...
The thought of building from scratch a modern Eye Institute in Central Africa, with virtually no resources, was to many, one of those lofty but impossible dreams we fill our imagination with… Until a most generous philanthropist – Dr Magrabi, and a world leader in vision care education, ICO, came along and joined forces with us. Yes, even the wildest dreams can come true. Never give up dreaming!
Daniel Etya'ale CEO TELMC
André Mama Fouda Min. of Health
I thought the end was inevitably getting near. I could hardly work and was short of breath even lying in bed. I had carried my heart disease for years. Treatment was possible, I had been told, but at a cost that my pastor-husband could never afford, not even in a life time. Then came the Friends of That Every Life May Count who took up the challenge, and others joined in. Today, life is full of hope again. Ever so thankful.
Mother of 4 children
When this project was first presented to us, I couldn’t help but think of similar projects that have come and gone, then vanished into oblivion. Then came some credible and highly reputable partners, and shortly thereafter, the construction work started. Today, we are proud to have a Specialist Eye Hospital in Cameroon that will not only help reduce the number of referrals abroad but also serve the entire Central African region.
Our International Partners
All our international partners are major players in Blindness Prevention and Vision Care and Education around the world, especially among the poorest and marginalised. Most have a long track record of high quality, efficiency and dependability in what they do. At present, these include:
Friends of the Organisation
Europe and North America
A network of friends of the organisation is being constituted. Focal persons have already been identified in Belgium, France, and Switzerland to help facilitate and expedite that process. Next will be the US.
Cameroon and sub-Saharan Africa
Contacts and consultations are also in an advanced stage and should be finalised in Jan-Feb 2017. Friends of the organisation within the continent (Africa) are expected to play an increasing role in the mid and long term, in helping guide and mobilise substantive support for our work in Cameroon.
Africa Eye Foundation (AEF)
The Magrabi Foundation
The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO)
Christöffel Blind Mission (CBM)
Seeing is Believing (SiB)
Sight Savers (SS)
Fondations & International Development NGOs
Legal & Financial Institutions
Latham & Watkins LLP
Ernst & Young
IAPB Global Partnership for Eye Care
To Dr Akef Magrabi, a friend, an Africanist and above all, a philanthropist. Dr Magrabi has been to date, the principal funder of the Eye Institute who has committed himself, not only to help build and establish the Institute but also to continue to shoulder it as it sails towards self-sustainability, administrative, organisational and otherwise. For a startup, such a strong level support has been crucial.
a special tribute and recognition
Dr Akef E. Magrabi
That Every Life May Count (TELMC)
Our Own Organisation
That Every Life May Count was founded in 2009 as a Swiss registered organisation. As such, it is still a relatively small organisation, yet highly focused and strategic in its vision, its priorities and its choice of partners. Its membership is made in the most part of highly committed volunteers who want to give back to society or make a lasting impact in people's lives, many of whom they may never have the opportunity to meet.
Unlike the more popular and prevailing “charity approach”, which often yields spectacular results while external funding and support remain available, but often leaves people more dependent and hence, more vulnerable in the long term, our underlying philosophy is a development approach which seeks to promote mutually uplifting initiatives, such that the beneficiaries are not only helped but also empowered to help themselves in the long run.
Our prime focus at the present time
The main thrust of our work at present is to mobilise support for, and promote comprehensive, all-inclusive eye care, working through the Magrabi ICO Eye Institute in Yaounde, Cameroon (MICEI), our biggest joint venture to date.
And What Keeps Us Going
Focus on the Vulnerable
By ensuring that the poor, the marginalised and people with disability – visual, physical, mental and otherwise, have equal access to our services and where needed, receive extra or special support and assistance as well.
This is essential in order to reach out to those 80% or so with eye problems, who at present, have limited or no access at all, to eye care services and as a result, often report too late, when little can no longer be done.
This is particularly key to our work, to help us better document and report what we do and seek African solutions to the region’s unique challenges; but also to test and where relevant, integrate time honoured solutions from other areas.
Eye Care Services
Comprehensive, both in the range and quality of services offered – promotion, prevention, early detection, specialist care, low vision, but also in the integration of these services into national eye health plans and policies.
To invest in, and thereby facilitate, the emergence of highly trained local experts and leaders in all fields of eye health, so as to reduce over time, the current unacceptable level of dependence on foreign financial and technical assistance.
Priority to Children
By ensuring through early detection, referral and treatment, that poor vision or avoidable blindness will never be an impediment to their full development potential. But also by joining hands with other child survival programmes.
The Scope of Our Work
What we do now and what we intend to do in the future, as more funds and more helping hands become available
Thank You For Visiting Us Today
We hope you’ll find the contents of this website useful and hopefully, compelling enough to make you want to know more about us and the work we do, so that you may wish to support and if possible, to join us, either as a regular supporter, a volunteer or a donor.
So many ways to help...
Because Blindness Is Much More Than Mere Loss of Sight
Following are just a few examples the plight of blindness in Africa
Up to 20% of children in sub-Saharan Africa don’t do well at school simply for lack of a solid pair of glasses their parents can afford.
Close to 50% of blind children die within 3 years of becoming blind. The rest, with a few exceptions, are often condemned to an entire life of darkness, poverty and despair.
In rural Africa, blind married women are often considered as of little worth and are usually seen as a heavy burden. As a result, they get easily divorced and whenever that happens, the future welfare of their children becomes rather bleak.
Yes, You Can Help... And No Help Is Too Small!
Just A Few Examples... Out of Myriads of Options!
$75-100 is what it costs to help a school child from a rural area or a poor family background be brought to the clinic, be fully assessed and fitted with a solid pair of glasses. In such situations, a pair of glasses truly changes lives
$150-200 is the total cost of helping a blind child from cataract see, sometimes for the first time. This cost is all inclusive: transport to the clinic and back, surgery and hospital stay at the hospital, for him and his/her mother, and 2 weeks medications to take back home after surgery.
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Our Vision and Mission
Our organisation, "That Every Life May Count", is at its core, a development organisation. While most of the current contents of this site relate to eye health, sight preservation and restoration, even these are approached from the broader perspective of sustainable development and poverty alleviation. In other words, it's not just about "helping the blind to see", but also doing so in a manner that preserves their dignity and ultimately pulls them out of the vicious cycle of poverty, of which blindness is only one factor, important though it may be.
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And What Keeps Us Going
faculty staff and volunteers
Mid and long term plans for our organisation include building a dedicated network of volunteer Faculty members and other volunteer groups who will be visiting our Eye Institute as well as our other projects primarily for skills transfer, coaching and mentoring purposes.