Lapis Lazuli Schools

NOOR Eye Clinic

The current focus is the completion of renovations to a daycase eye clinic, the NOOR (National Organization for Ophthalmic Rehabilitation) Institute in Kabul, Afghanistan the premises of which was largely destroyed in the civil war in the 1990s.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1120221)




  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
  • OtherOther



NOOR was founded in 1966, and provides the majority of eye care in the country. The program operating is involved in all levels of eye care, and includes a strong training component. The new Kabul clinic will serve 400 outpatients and perform 80 or more operations mostly cataract, on a daily basis. This comes to (over 100,000 outpatients and 10,000 annually. The program as a whole last year saw 311,214 beneficiaries, performed 14,221 surgeries, trained 11 residents, produced 417,637 bottles of medicine, and manufactured 26,426 pairs of eyeglasses. Although cost recovery has been an important step in achieving sustainability, NOOR has maintained a clear focus on providing eye care to all who need it, regardless of their ability to pay. Vision International is a UK charity founded by Dr. Howard Harper, Professor of Ophthalmology, and his wife Monika to provide humanitarian aid throughout Central Asia. In Afghanistan they have formed Hope Construction Company to implement crucial social building work. Dr. Howard Harper was one of the founders of the NOOR organization, and has been medically active in Central Asia and the UK for many years. He and his wife Monika work to help the neglected and oppressed people of Central Asia. In the coming year NOOR’s goals are to: increase the availability of primary, secondary, and tertiary eye care throughout all regions of Afghanistan provide affordable, high quality ophthalmic medications and eyeglasses train ophthalmic care providers at all levels reach a higher level of environmaental, technical and financial sustainability support the goals of the Vision 20/20 initiative Our work is focused on the following categories: Providing quality eye care to the people of Central Asia Establishing English speaking schools Helping orphans, the needy and the poor Offering relief to Refugees Training Programs