Mobile eyecare patients treated
Sight-restoring cataract surgeries
Ethiopian eye doctors trained in Israel
Pairs of eyeglasses distributed
Units of medications distributed
Operation Ethiopia is a proudly Jewish and Israeli organization whose mission is to bring high-quality eyecare directly to every Ethiopian in need—to Jews and non-Jews alike. We bring life-changing eyecare directly to people in Ethiopia. We meet Ethiopia’s most destitute right where they are with our mobile eyecare clinics, eye surgeries, by empowering Ethiopian ophthalmologists with hands-on subspecialty training, and providing first-aid instruction to villagers.
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It all started with a family trip...
We're Dr. Morris Hartstein and Elisa Minsk Hartstein. In 2014, our four teenagers asked us to take them on a volunteer trip to Ethiopia. We were struck by the immense poverty we encountered—malnourishment, lack of clean water or basic hygiene, and limited (if any) access to healthcare.
One person asked Morris, an ophthalmologist, to check a child's eye, and before we knew it, hundreds were lining up asking for help.
We knew right away we had to keep going back to provide this necessary, life-changing care. And with that, Operation Ethiopia was born.
Professor Morris Hartstein MD, FACS, is the Founding Director of Operation Ethiopia. He trained at Harvard University and Tufts University and is the Director of Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Shamir Medical Center in Zrifin, Israel and a Clinical Associate Professor at Tel Aviv University Medical School.
Mobile Eyecare Clinics
We bring our eyecare clinics directly to Ethiopian villages, providing routine eye exams, glasses on the spot, medications, and referrals and care plans for surgeries as needed.
With our large team of volunteers, we've been able to treat thousands of Ethiopians who otherwise would have no access to this basic medical care.
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