Addis Ababa October 26/2017 The Saudi-based non-profit organization, Al-basar International Foundation (BIF), has finalized preparations to build eight eye hospitals in Ethiopia.
In an exclusive interview with Ethiopian News Agency, Yassin Raju, BIF's Deputy General Manager and Blindness Control Program in Ethiopia said the hospitals will cost 1.5 billion birr.
The hospitals are going to be constructed in Oromia, Amhara, SNNP, Tigray, Gambella and Somali regions as well as Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa.
The foundation will build the eight eye hospitals and provide services and training on the basis of the agreement reached between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Ethiopia, he added.
The eye hospital to be built first in Addis Ababa will be constructed in three phases to be fully completed in four years, he revealed.
According to Yassin, BIF has now rented eight-story building with 33 rooms to maintain its service provision for control of blindness in Ethiopia.
The foundation has provided free eye treatment for more than 20,000 Ethiopians since 2000, it was learned.
He also pointed out that the foundation will further contribute in producing capable and qualified professionals in the sector where there is a visible shortage.
Construction of all the remaining 7 hospitals will be fully completed and they will go operational in 10 years, it was disclosed.
Al-basar International Foundation (BIF) is a private non-profit organization that is engaged in blindness prevention.