New Centre of Excellence for Eye Health inaugurated in Yaoundé, Cameroon


CBM helped inaugurate the ‘Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute’ in Yaoundé, a Centre of Excellence established to improve, preserve and restore eye health and vision in Cameroon and other Central African countries.

Centre of Excellence

A Centre of Excellence - the ‘Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute’ has been established in Yaoundé. The Institute is staffed by a team of experts in various specialities of eye care (cataract, cornea, glaucoma, retina and so on) and equipped with state of the art technology. The Institute aims at serving as a referral centre for Central Africa and function as a centre for patient care, training, community eye health as well as research.  

CBM’s contribution

Along with financial support for infrastructure and equipment for the Institute, CBM is providing key staff such as ophthalmologists, hospital administrator and nurse tutors. Technical advisory and programmatic support will be continued by the regional and country eye health advisors and offices.  


The Centre of Excellence was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Cameroon Philémon Yunji Yang. This project is the result of collaboration between the Magrabi Foundation, headed by Dr. Akef El Maghraby, the International Council of Ophthalmology and the Every Life May Count Foundation. Other key partners include CBM, ORBIS, Sightsavers, standard Chartered Bank and many others. The government of Cameroon has also provided immense support by donating land, providing electricity and internet as well as other fiscal and diplomatic advantages.