In 1992, Help the world to see (HTWS), a U.S. non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement of ophthalmology in the developing world, established permanent, self-sustaining eye clinics in Belize in connection with the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI) . The HTWS / BCVI trained and equipped five regional field officers (RFOs) to identify basic eye diseases, education and sell low-cost eyeglasses. Program Until 1996, the program had a significant part of Belize Eye Care System … Read more »

In 1992, Help the world to see (HTWS), a U.S. non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement of ophthalmology in the developing world, established permanent, self-sustaining eye clinics in Belize in connection with the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI) . The HTWS / BCVI trained and equipped five regional field officers (RFOs) to identify basic eye diseases, education and sell low-cost eyeglasses. Program Until 1996, the program had a significant part of Belize Eye Care and approached the break-even point. However, had the program’s success is in question. Belize ophthalmologists who had agreed for the program in 1992 were concerned about the low fee competition. They had to be charged to the General Medical Council, the body with oversight of medical practices in the country, prevailed on two letters sent to the BCVI to point out, that could only licensed optometrists and ophthalmologists prescribe eyeglasses and eye exams to perform. If enforced against the HTWS / BCVI RFMOs, the rule would cripple the program. The event begins with HTWS President Jeff Orenstein and founder Dr. Wayne Cannon preparation for a meeting with the Ministry of Health Belize.
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J. Gregory Dees,
Jeffrey Orenstein,
Jaan Elias
Source: Harvard Business School
20 pages.
Release Date: 11 March 1997. Prod #: 897 142 PDF-ENG
Help the world to see: Sustaining Eye Care in Belize HBR case solution