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.