Established in 1989, Al-Basar International Foundation (BIF) is a leading non-government, non-profit organization, working in the field of prevention of blindness. BIF was launched with the vision of a world free from avoidable causes of blindness. BIF provides therapeutic, preventative and educational programs to manage blindness and visual impairment in developing countries on a regional and international scale.
Having its own comprehensive blindness control program, BIF executes its work by three means:
- Al-Basar Caravans – these are quality assured mobile outreach programs, “free eye camps”, with the facilities for addressing eye problems in remote areas; the delivery of eye-care is in mass and it includes pre-operative evaluation, optical dispensing, medical and surgical management as well as a complete schedule of post-operative follow-up visits.
- Eye Hospitals – self-sustained charity eye hospitals delivering secondary and tertiary eye care.
- Human Resource Development facilities – institutes and colleges to train eye care personnel (ophthalmologists, nurses, technicians and other eye paramedics).