A Timeframe for the Transition

We desire to transition this work as thoughtfully and respectfully as possible. To that end, we are taking two different courses of action within the Avoidable Blindness program area during this transition phase. For the cataract emphasis of Avoidable Blindness portfolio, the Hilton Foundation will transition out of funding for surgeries in sub-Saharan Africa while supporting efforts to capture and transfer knowledge. Support for most of these projects will end in 2020. For the work toward the global effort to eliminate trachoma, the Foundation will continue to support national programs in Mali, Niger and Tanzania until they have reached their respective targets, likely in the next several years.

Objectives of the Transition

Our time as a partner in the work to end Avoidable Blindness has brought many successes and learnings. To transition appropriately, we are working with the following objectives in mind.

  1. Minimize sector disruption and maintain a sector presence for Trachoma: We will continue to reiterate our commitment to trachoma elimination in the countries identified and encourage other funders into this space. We will support advocacy, policy and research efforts contributing to the global elimination of trachoma.
  2. Solidify learnings and contributions to the field for Cataract work: We will be intentional in capturing and sharing the lessons learned, with a specific focus on the success between the community ophthalmology vs the social enterprise approach in cataract work. A culminating paper and data about experiences of the Foundation’s two decades in the Avoidable Blindness sector will be published once most of the current grants conclude in 2021.

Please visit the Transitioning Program Areas page for more information.

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