About Us

How We Work

BICO does not directly implement its programmes and projects. We work with and through partners. Our main partners are Ministries of Health and Education in Malawi. BICO also works in collaboration with international partners who sub contracts BICO to implement projects such as conducting research in eye care in Malawi. BICO is also member of the International Coalition for Trachoma Control, a global alliance of international NGOs committed to elimination of blinding Trachoma world wide.


BICO exists to champion community eye health in Malawi and the region in order to achieve extraordinary improvements in eye care service delivery for the prevention and control of avoidable blindness in Malawi and the region.


To improve the quality of lives of people through facilitation of the provision of quality and affordable eye care service delivery, eye care operational research, capacity building in community eye health and advocacy and partnership.


BICOs Vision is to achieve extraordinary improvements in community eye health in Malawi .We want to ensure that all rural Malawians who are currently suffering from unnecessary treatable and preventable eye conditions have access to affordable eye services that will prevent them from disability (visual impairment, low vision and blindness) as a result of such illnesses.

Core Values

  • Integrity - BICO strives to be transparent, accountable, and responsible in all of our interactions with staff, clients and partners. We act consistently with our mission and accept responsibility for our collective and individual actions.
  • Transparency and Accountability - BICO believes in openness and clear disclosure of information, rules, plans, processes and actions. We are therefore answerable for our actions and decisions.
  • Unity and Teamwork - At BICO, the staff, consultants, board members and partners all work together towards a common vision. The only way to truly affect change in its impact area is through a core of staff, board members and consultants even volunteers that are united and supportive of each other and our mission and vision.
  • Tolerance - BICO believes in unity in diversity. Therefore we strive to maintain this rich diversity in views, opinion, knowledge and understanding while maintaining the unity and team work of the organisation. We accept and respect each other and our clients.
  • Community Partnership and Participation - BICO recognizes that the community is the driver and sustainers of change in eye care and that the individuals within the community are actively contributing to its betterment. Community members? wisdom, voice and leadership are absolutely necessary for success. Therefore BICO believes in partnering with them in order to achieve excellence in community eye health.
  • Excellence - BICO's employees, board members, consultants and partners endeavour to do their best work and make every effort to bring out the best in colleagues, program participants, partners and community. We welcome constructive feedback, self-learning and self-improvement. We deliver services while upholding and adhering to the utmost professional standards.
  • Dignity - BICO values the voice of all stakeholders equally, and actively promotes diversity within our programs. We work to empower everyone both inside and outside of the organization and uphold mutual respect as a cornerstone of our decision making processes.
  • Innovation - BICO is a learning organization that seeks to find new, creative, and better ways to respond to community eye care challenges, manage resources and develop programs that respond and address those challenges. We encourage boldness, creativity, risks taking, and trying new ideas.