Project BOM is a research team affiliated with the Yonsei University College of Medicine in South Korea. Yonsei University’s Severance Hospital was the first modern medical institution in the country, and it has been a leading medical institution in Korea for more than 130 years.
Its Department of Ophthalmology had launched a blindness prevention project named Project Blindness Zero Movement (Project BOM) in 2011 to provide proper eye health services to the people in Malawi, one of the most impoverished countries in the world, with support from the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and concerned business sectors such as Hyundai Motor Chung Mong Ku Foundation or Korea Telecom (KT).
The objective of the Project BOM had been finding ways to improve eye health accessibility and eye health equity of marginalized people, focusing on prevention and treatment of cataract, trachoma, and refractive errors, while strengthening the capacity of local eye health professionals until the expansion of its coverage to Vietnam, which also broadened its services to other public health concerns.
Project BOM now has expertise in evidence generation for global health policies focusing on planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of its projects with various health activities.