Blantyre Institute for Community Outreach
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who we are

Blantyre Institute for Community Ophthalmology (BICO) is the only registered local eye health NGO in Malawi. It was established in 2008 with a mission to contribute towards the prevention and control of blindness in Malawi and neighbouring countries in the Southern African region through operational research on eye health, community eye health programme delivery, consultancy & advocacy on eye health service delivery. It is registered under Trustees Incorporation Act of Malawi

BICO is a registered member of Council for Non Governmental Organisations (CONGOMA) and also a member of NGO Board of Malawi. Recently, BICO has attained international recognition by becoming a member of the International Coalition for Trachoma Control (ICTC), a network of international NGOs that supports ministries of health in Trachoma control globally. Currently the organisation has been approved to be one of the four NGOs in Malawi to implement the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Fund supported project to eliminate trachoma in Malawi by 2018 using SAFE Strategy. In this project, BICO will carry out surgery, mass drug administration, surveys (surveillance, drug coverage and impact surveys) in 8 districts of Nsanje, Chikwawa, Machinga, Ntcheu, Mchinji, Dowa and Mangochi and Facial Cleanliness and Environmental Management in Zomba.

BICO also collaborates with international organisations such as Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO), International Eye Foundation (IEF), CBM, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Sightsavers, Lions Clubs and International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH).

Based in Blantyre, at John Hopkins Project Building second floor adjacent to Queens Lions Sight First Eye Hospital, BICO implements most of its projects in partnership with ministries of Health and Education which provide policy guidance on national standards in the projects.

BICO is headed by the Executive Director who reports to a Board of Trustees. Besides him, the organization has an Accountant, Programme Manager, Project Officers and Project Assistant and a pool of other consultants both local and international.

The board of trustees for BICO comprises five professional men. Key responsibilities of the board are resource mobilization, financial management, strategic planning and staff recruitment and discipline and planning.

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Beyond Vision 2020

"VISION 2020: the Right to Sight" was a global campaign aimed at eliminating avoidable blindness by the year 2020, was the product of a series of consultations between the WHO and NGOs working toward blindness prevention. The VISION 2020 Global Initiative has subsequently been complemented and the World Health Organization (WHO) has now launched a World report on VISION.

What does the WORLD REPORT ON VISION say?

At present at least 2.2 billion people around the world have a vision impairment, of whom at least 1 billion have a vision impairment that could have been prevented or is yet to be addressed. The world faces considerable challenges in terms of eye care, including inequalities in the coverage and quality of prevention, treatment and rehabilitation services; a shortage of trained eye care service providers; and poor integration of eye care services into health systems, among others. The World report on vision https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789241516570 aims to address these challenges and galvanize action.

The report encourages all countries to provide integrated people-centred eye care services which will ensure that people receive a continuum of eye care based on their individual needs throughout their lives.

The World report on vision is directed at ministries of health, development agencies, civil society organizations and researchers, practitioners and policy-makers from the field of eye care. It is hoped that by shaping the global agenda on vision, the report will assist Member States and their partners in their efforts to reduce the burden of eye conditions and vision loss and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG target 3.8 on universal health coverage.


VIEW 2020 BICO ANNUAL REPORT  HERE

"Youth Ministry" is a new small programme in BICO. It supports youth who are born again Christians and are involved in Ministry at their local church with travel and upkeep who would like to attend very important youth conference, seminar or retreat.

It is funded by the BICO's Director. All interested are asked to submit an application to the coordinator of the programme specifying the seminar/conference and why it's important to attend the conference. Female youth are given preference.

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Blantyre Institute for Community Ophthalmology (BICO) is a locally registered Eye Health charitable Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that works in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Education and other International NGOs and many academic institutions, including the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

When you are applying for a role with us, please ensure that you provide us with details of your work experience and some detail around your responsibilities within each role.

All application should be sent to the following address:
The Human Resource Officer
Blantyre Institute of Community Ophthalmology
Lions Sight First Eye Hospital
PO Box E180
Post dot Net
Blantyre
Email: jobs@bicomalawi.org
Tel: 01875377


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