Challenge the status quo: promote change in the private sector to become more social, and in the public and NGO sector to be more business oriented.
Leadership: develop trusting long-term relationships, inspire eye care providers, and promote effective teams to enable change.
Management systems: create comprehensive, focused, efficient, and high quality eye care systems that serve all patient populations, including the poor.
Demand driven: design services around patient needs and create transparent service choices.
Sustainability: achieve positive cost recovery through revenue generation, diversification and balancing donor inputs to grow services and reduce dependence.
Best practices: develop data to demonstrate effectiveness and communicate best practices to influence policy.
- Mentoring a “team” vs. individuals is critical to buy-in throughout the service.
- Mentoring is not just training. It is building a relationship and trust as well as financial investments in building capacity of the mentee, and 2-4 years of solid follow-up.
- IEF looks for eye clinics and hospitals that are willing to change and adapt to IEF’s sustainability model:
- Private practices that wish to incorporate services for the poor.
- NGO and charity hospitals that wish to find creative ways of earning revenue to subsidize the poor.
- Clinics that IEF builds in places where services are lacking for the majority of the population.
- Fostering a network of like-minded development organizations will create a critical mass of sustainable eye care services that will change how eye care is delivered in the developing world.