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. 13,811 patients were seen, 646 surgeries were performed and 14,511 glasses were distributed in 2012. Difficult cases from government eye hospitals and the private sector were referred to NETC for surgery.
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.
NOOR Eye Hospitals have been highlighted as a model example for cost recovery in development work. The article highlights how NOOR has demonstrated it is an achievable and workable goal. It has been important for the NOOR projects in Afghanistan to focus on cost recovery by charging patients reasonable fees, which will lead to full sustainability in the future. Read the rest of the article in the Community Eye Health Journal.
Traveling from Badakshan to Kabul is a long arduous journey, up over the Hindu Kush Mountains along, the Salang Pass, where at the height of the road you reach almost 3, 400 meters above sea level. It is a journey of roughly 500 kilometres, but it takes over twelve hours to complete. Badakshan is one of the most remote and poorest provinces in Afghanistan, yet people from there come to Kabul to find answers to their health problems. And, they come to NOOR, because they have heard at NOOR, their eye problems can be fixed.