The All Eyes Foundation is a London-based charity founded in 2004 by British ophthalmic surgeon Dr. Haidar Al Hakim and his former
patient and friend, Sharon Ridsdale with the following aims:

A

To relieve sickness, preserve and protect health by:

  • facilitating the establishment of the All-Eyes Community Ophthalmic Clinic in Najaf, Iraq
  • providing medical and surgical services
  • facilitating access to ophthalmic care for the disadvantaged people of Iraq, regardless of age, gender,
    religion or ethnic background

B

To promote research into the prevention of blindness and to disseminate the useful
results for the benefit of the public.

C
To promote research into the prevention of blindness and to disseminate the useful
results for the benefit of the public.

The facts are startling: 90% of healthcare in Iraq is provided by private hospitals and clinics, whilst 70% of the population is unemployed.
Thousands have been displaced from their homes. Malnourished and subsisting on meagre food supplies from charities, many Iraqi families
find healthcare a luxury they can ill afford.


Regarding ophthalmic care in particular, the situation is even worse: medical facilities and treatment centres are devastated from years of
neglect, with much of the equipment outdated and barely functioning. Surgeons lack skills training and are demoralised from years of
working under these conditions.

We are aware that for our project to succeed we need to involve the local health care providers, community members, academics as well as
religious and political leaders. We would need to ensure that we can provide long-term help and support to the community over many years.

For more information on our work, click here and to read our back story click here