July 22, 2021
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Islamic Development Bank (IDB) launches Alliance to Combat Avoidable Blindness (AFAB) II in Djibouti

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As part of the Second Generation (2sd Phase) of the Alliance to Combat Avoidable Blindness (AFAB), the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) (www.ISDB.org) and the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (FSID) carried out cataract surgery campaigns in the city of Djibouti and its surrounding rural communities.

The campaign, which took place in April and May 2021, was carried out in collaboration with the National Program for the Fight against Blindness-Djibouti and the Tropical Ophthalmological Institute of Africa (IOTA) ”- Mali.

As part of these campaigns, funded by the Azerbaijani International Development Agency (AIDA), 11,709 patients received visual screening and 1,032 cataract surgeries were performed in addition to post-surgical monitoring and patient visits.

These campaigns are part of an ongoing commitment to perform 100,000 surgeries over the next five years as part of the IDB Regional Cooperation and Integration Department’s initiative.

The countryside of the city of Djibouti was honored by the visit of HE Mohamed Warsama Dirieh Minister of Health and HE Moustapha Mohamed Mahamoud, Minister of National Education and Vocational Training.

HE Mr. Mohamed Warsama Dirieh Minister of Health said: “I would like to sincerely thank the National Blindness Control Program for the hard work that has been done for those in need. My sincere thanks to the Islamic Development Bank and the Azerbaijani International Development Agency (AIDA), without whom these campaigns would not have taken place. This action illustrates the close relationship between the Djibouti government and the IDB, particularly in the health sector.

IDB President, Dr Bandar Hajjar, indicated that “IsDB and FSID plan to continue to provide free treatment to the poor and promote advancements in surgical technology on visually impaired patients ”.

Based on the success of the first generation (1st Phase), the IDB and the FSID decided to introduce the second generation of the Alliance. This new program will expand the scope to other preventable eye diseases and focus more on capacity development while continuing to reduce the prevalence of blindness due to cataracts.

AFAB aims to benefit 13 member countries namely Burkina Faso, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Somalia and Togo.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDB Group).

About the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group:
Rated AAA By major rating agencies, the Islamic Development Bank is a multilateral development bank that has worked for over 45 years to improve the lives of the communities it serves by producing impact at scale. The Bank brings together 57 member countries on four continents, touching the lives of 1 in 5 of the world’s population. Its mission is to equip people to drive their own economic and social progress on a large scale, putting in place the infrastructure to enable them to realize their potential. Based in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the IDB has regional hubs and centers of excellence in 11 of its member countries. Over the years, the Bank has grown from a single entity to a group comprising five entities: the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), the Institute of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDBI) responsible for research and training , the Islamic Society for Insurance of Investments and Exports. Credit (HERE), the Islamic Society for the Development of the Private Sector (CIM) and the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC).

About the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (FSID):
The Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (FSID), the poverty reduction arm of the IsDB Group, is dedicated to reducing poverty in its member countries by promoting pro-poor growth, with an emphasis on human development, especially improved healthcare education, and providing financial support to build productive capacity and sustainable livelihoods for the poor, including funding employment opportunities, creating business opportunities, especially for the rural poor , and improving basic rural and pre-urban infrastructure.

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