Since its creation in 2002, the Althea Foundation has chosen to focus its intervention on access to eye care for people in precarious situations or those with difficult access to infrastructure offering this type of care.
The Foundation organizes and carries out regular eye care campaigns. Our goal is to enable a better social reintegration for disadvantaged people, by giving them back access to health. The missions are carried out thanks to the commitment and dedication of volunteer ophthalmologists, opticians and nurses Moroccan, Swiss or French.
To carry out these actions, Althea acquired in 2006 a mobile unit equipped with optical and ophthalmic equipment. This mobile unit enables us to carry out numerous campaigns per year in disadvantaged provinces of Morocco, such as Figuig, Errachidia, Ouarzazate, Tata and many others. These optical campaigns serve school children from 6 to 15 years old and the pediatric population of 3 to 6 years.
Ophthalmic actions of the Althea Foundation are mainly:
- Optical campaigns for schoolchildren, including detection and correction with appropriate eyeglasses (given freely) and produced the same day
- Surgical eye operations accessible to a large number of poor people: cataract, glaucoma, trachoma and other blinding diseases
- Awareness: through our ophthalmologic mobile unit, Althea covers numerous villages and educates teachers, students and parents to the importance of proper vision correction for an academic success
Our partnership with the Ministry of Health
In Morocco, Althea has signed two partnership agreements with the Ministry of Health of Morocco. The first agreement, signed in 2007, relates to ophthalmological services (cataract, glaucoma etc.). The second partnership agreement, signed in 2013, concerns the field of school and university health.
A few figures
Althea’s fields include:
- 1 cataract campaign per year
- More than 300 cataracts operated in 2013 with the support of Alcon, and a target of 1,000 a year in the future through its ongoing support
- 3,000 to 4,000 schoolchildren screened by optical campaign
- 150 to 300 schoolchildren equipped with eyeglasses per campaign