Peter Gilgan Foundation

Thanks to the Peter Gilgan Foundation, Orbis will establish the first-ever retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) screening, treatment and referral service network in Bangladesh’s Chittagong and Rangpur Divisions, helping move another step closer to a national network of high-quality ROP services across the country.

Expanding Retinopathy of Prematurity Screening and Treatment in Bangladesh

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a serious and potentially blinding eye condition that primarily affects premature infants, is a major concern in many resource-poor countries. ROP causes abnormal blood vessels to grow in the retina, the layer of nerve tissue in the eye that is vital for sight. These abnormal blood vessels tend to leak or bleed, leading to scarring of the retina. When these scars shrink, they pull on the retina, detaching it from the back of the eye, causing blindness.

In Bangladesh, the incidence of ROP has increased dramatically, yet screening and treatment services remain extremely limited. In a landmark four-year project, Orbis partnered with the Ispahani Islamia Eye Institute and Hospital in Dhaka City to establish the first – and currently the only – ROP screening and treatment centre in all of Bangladesh.

Paediatric cataract patient Halima from Bangladesh

Now, through the generous support of the Peter Gilgan Foundation, Orbis will establish the first-ever ROP screening, treatment and referral service network in Bangladesh’s Chittagong and Rangpur Divisions, servicing a population of more than 44 million people. In partnership with Deep Eye Care Foundation in Rangpur City and Chittagong Eye Infirmary and Training Complex in Chittagong City, this project will provide access to critical services that were previously inaccessible for families living outside of Dhaka City.

Bangladeshi paediatric patient Afioza Yazim gets an eye examination

As a key part of a comprehensive multi-phase, multi-year initiative, the success of this project will contribute to the creation of a national network of high-quality ROP services across Bangladesh.

We thank the Peter Gilgan Foundation for their support of this important project.