Blantyre Institute for Community Ophthalmology (BICO) is the only registered local eye health NGO in Malawi. It was established in 2008 with a mission to contribute towards the prevention and control of blindness in Malawi and neighbouring countries.
VISION 2020: the Right to Sight" is a global campaign aimed at eliminating avoidable blindness by the year 2020, the product of a series of consultations between the WHO and NGOs working toward blindness prevention.
BICO does not directly implement its programmes and projects. We work with and through partners. Our main partners are Ministries of Health and Education in Malawi. BICO also works in collaboration with international partners who sub contracts BICO to implement projects such as conducting research in eye care in Malawi. BICO is also member of the International Coalition for Trachoma Control, a global alliance of international NGOs committed to elimination of blinding Trachoma world wide.