Welcome to the All Eyes Foundation
We are a British charity formed in 2004 by group of friends to raise awareness and instigate better healthcare and ophthalmic services for the disadvantaged people of Iraq.
In the late 1970s, a young child came to the UK with his family to escape the regime of Saddam Hussein. Educated in the UK, Haidar Al Hakim later trained as an ophthalmic surgeon at London University and Bart’s Hospital.
In 2004, he returned with his father, a marine biologist, to Najaf, Iraq. They were shocked to find the lack of eye care expertise and facilities and then only in private hospitals, way beyond the reach of the vast majority of the local populace.
This young boy and his sister came to the clinic in March 2007 both desperately needing surgery. Haidar diagnosed them both with congenital cataracts. Without treatment, both children would have suffered severely reduced…
Twice during the operation to remove this elderly gentleman's cataracts, power was lost and the back-up generators had to kick in. Thankfully Haidar was able to complete the operation successfully. Both he and…
News & events
Poster display at Imperial College event in November 2005
Vision for Iraq event at Friends Meeting House, 9 March 2007
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Friday 2 July 2010 September 15, 2015
It's been a long struggle but we finally reopened the clinic last Sunday and immediately got a rush of patients. Some came from as far as Mosul which is 580 km north of…
Monday 26 July 2010 September 15, 2015
It's pretty hot here, we hit 53 C in Najaf last week and the electricity is a nuisance. On the clinic front, the work is slow but steady, not aided by this hot…