The NOOR Eye-care Training Centre (NETC) moved to a purpose-built location in the Darulaman section of Kabul in June 2012. NETC is NOOR’s main training centre for eye care in Afghanistan and is headquarters to NOOR’s outreach projects.
The Mazar Ophthalmic Centre (MOC) was founded by NOOR in 1994 as a response to the lack of eye care services in Balkh and surrounding provinces in northern Afghanistan. The hospital is currently situated in the centre of Mazar-i-Sharif.
In September 2013, 11 students graduated from the two-year Ophthalmic Technician Training Programme. Three of them were females, and eight of them were male. The graduated students came from provinces all over the country, Kabul, Herat, Ghazni, Badakhshan, Kapisa, Baghlan, Parvan, Maedan Wardak, and Kandahar.
A man traveled a little over five hours from his small village to the bustling city of Mazar-e-Sharif in Northern Afghanistan. Ten years previously he had gotten a pair of spectacles from Mazar. He was very pleased with these glasses and wore them frequently. At last, the frame wore out, and he made himself a new pair of frames with a mix of metal and other materials.
An elderly man traveled all the way from Bamiyan province to NOOR to have his eyes examined. His eyesight had been poor for many years, and he needed an assistant to guide him when he walked. After being examined at the clinic, he was diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes.