Mobile Eye Clinic
In 2014, Noor Dubai Foundation launched the Mobile Eye Clinic, a local outreach program in the UAE that aims to provide free eye screenings to patients at their locations allowing for early detection and intervention to prevent visual impairment. The fully-fledged bus is outfitted with state-of-the-art exam rooms and dispensaries and travels around different communities across the UAE. The clinic was designed based on top quality standards to ensure the health and safety of employees and patients. The Mobile Eye Clinic has succeeded in providing best practices at the national level leading to it winning the first place for the Dubai Government Excellence Award for 2016, making Noor Dubai the first non-governmental organization to receive this award by the Government of Dubai.
In 2018, mobile eye screening improved its services with additional tests to detect Glaucoma- an irreversible blinding eye disease. Two equipment were added to measure intraocular pressure using non-contact tonometry and Visual field using a fast, reliable and portable Humphrey visual field machine.
UAE Treatment Program
In 2016, Noor Dubai launched a national program to provide partial or complete funding for UAE residents with limited financial capability to treat critical eye diseases. The program aims to reduce the possibility of visual impairment due to delayed access to appropriate treatment or inability to afford treatment. The program includes treatment of diabetic retinopathy, cataract surgeries, or any eye injuries. Through a successful partnership with the Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities, the cases are aired during the program "Emarat Al Khair" on Noor Dubai radio channel to raise awareness among the community and encourage them to take part in charity work.
Mobile Eye Camps
Noor Dubai Foundation conducts Mobile Eye Camps in remote areas in developing countries across Asia and Africa, where due to the absence of healthcare infrastructure, extreme poverty, and lack of resources the communities have no access to adequate eye care services. The activities in the camp include screening and providing diagnosis and health care, conducting surgeries, and distributing spectacles during each camp.
To date, Noor Dubai Foundation has organized camps in 32 cities in 17 countries where 263,438 individuals have been screened, 26,600 surgeries have been performed and 62,034 glasses provided.
On average, the camp lasts for 5 days where an average around 5000 patients are screened and provided diagnosis, around 500 surgeries are conducted and, around 1000 glasses are distributed per camp.
Providing the appropriate treatment, to those individuals in needs, results in a significant positive impact on the communities in these areas. The impact is seen on a personal level for those individuals receiving treatment in addition to an improved economic state for the whole community as these individuals are able to get back to their jobs and lives, leading to an improved social and economic condition.
Trachoma Elimination Program
In collaboration with The Carter Center, Noor Dubai Foundation is committed to the elimination of blinding trachoma in one of the most trachoma-endemic regions known in the world, the Amhara region of Ethiopia. Trachoma is the leading cause of infectious blindness worldwide, with 232 million people at risk for trachoma in Africa and Asia, and over 4 million at immediate risk for blindness from carrying the disease. Children are the main reservoir of infection in addition to women, who are often responsible for the care of children, therefore are more susceptible to infection and tend to go blind from the disease at nearly twice the rate of men.
Trachoma control is critical for the immediate relief of human suffering, as well as economic development. Prevention and treatment are simple and cost-effective. Through Noor Dubai Foundation’s partnership with the Carter Center, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health will be able implement the World Health Organization (WHO)-recommended SAFE strategy for trachoma control:
72 million doses of medicine distributed
337,770 surgeries conducted
69,677 teachers, health workers, and surgeons trained
251,624 latrines constructed
Eye Health Research
Eye health needs assessment in Dubai
Noor Dubai in Collaboration with the Public Health and Safety Department and the Primary Health Care Services Sector of the Dubai Health Authority conducted a situational analysis of the available eye health statistics, resources and systems in the Emirates of Dubai; as such information is not available. It was identified that such information was not available in one document. This document provides health practitioners, policy makers, governmental and non- governmental agencies with the status of eye health in the Emirate.
Rapid assessment of avoidable blindness and diabetic retinopathy in Nigeria
Noor Dubai Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Katsina state, Nigeria conducted a population based cross sectional survey in the state of Nigeria. The study was to determine the magnitude and causes of blindness and visual impairment in the Katsina state, Northern Nigeria. The research examined over 2,800 adults across over 70 villages in the district. The survey results is to be used to develop and implement a comprehensive eye care program in the state.
Dubai visual impairment survey
Noor Dubai Foundation in collaboration with Dubai Statistics center, Dubai Health Authority, national and international partners is planning to conduct a population based door-to-door visual impairment survey in the Emirate of Dubai. It will be the first ever survey of this kind in the UAE.