Since 2004, the ASCRS Foundation’s Robert Sinskey Eye Institute (SEI) has been working to provide sight restoring care to the underserved people of Ethiopia. With a full-time staff of 18, including two ophthalmic surgeons, this permanent hospital now treats more than 22,000 patients annually and is helping to train even more ophthalmologists.
While maintaining our commitment to SEI, we also seek to address the root cause of increasing global cataract blindness – the shortage of eye surgeons in developing countries. The long term solution will come from creating local ophthalmic centers of excellence and training – with the dual mission of raising the local standards of both patient care and physician training. To achieve this, we have aligned with a network of partner organizations focused on improving physician capacity, quality, and productivity. These partners include the Himalayan Cataract Project, Seva Foundation, the Moran Eye Institute, Project Vision, Vision Care, and Global Sight Alliance.
Recently, the ASCRS Foundation launched its first initiative aimed at encouraging international humanitarian work in young ophthalmologists. Called the Young Eye Surgeons (YES) International Service (YIS) Grant, winners will use the award to volunteer with local community eyecare programs, teaching institutions, and health care systems outside the United States. For more information or to apply, click here.
Vision & Goals
To develop programs and partnerships which improve physician capability and increase access to care in the fight against the leading cause of global blindness –cataract.
Individually, and with our partners, the ASCRS Foundation works to:
- Advance the skills of Developing World ophthalmologists through training – both through ASCRS faculty and sponsored visits to international centers of excellence.
- Increase the capacity and productivity of local ophthalmologists through training, financial support, and access to improved equipment.
- Develop and support local centers of excellence in developing countries with a goal of training more ophthalmic surgeons.