2021 Impact Report

Our Sightline to a Better Future

Dear Friends,

Changing the Way the World Sees

For 40 years, Orbis has been a global leader and innovator in the fight to end avoidable blindness. We collaborate with our local partners across the health service to create long-term, sustainable eye care solutions in low- and middle-income countries throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Working side by side with local hospitals, ministries of health, like-minded NGOs and community groups, our mission is to make quality eye care accessible to everyone, everywhere.

Training eye care teams around the world

We combine traditional hands-on skills transfer with the latest in medical simulation and telemedicine technology to empower entire eye care teams with the knowledge and skills to tackle the most pressing eye health needs in their own communities. Whether it is an eye doctor performing complex surgeries in an urban hospital, a nurse treating patients in a rural clinic, or a primary health care worker screening children in her own community.

Strengthening health care systems

We strengthen eye care systems, infrastructure and patient referral networks to build eye health capacity and increase access to quality eye care – now and for the future.

Increasing community awareness about eye health

We educate communities and increase awareness about the importance of eye health as a critical component of better overall health and well-being.

Reaching individuals and families where they live

We deliver community-based eye health outreach initiatives, ranging from eye screening programs for children in rural schools to the mass distribution of antibiotics to treat and prevent infectious causes of blindness.

Advocating for equal and equitable access

We advocate for equal and equitable access to eye health to help ensure no woman, man, girl or boy has to live a life of darkness, dependence and inescapable poverty caused by vision loss that could be easily prevented.

Building Stronger Communities

While ending avoidable blindness is our mission, Orbis’s work is about much more than helping people see. The link between poverty and vision loss is clear – poverty causes poor vision and poor vision leads to poverty. Orbis helps break this vicious cycle.

By restor­ing sight, we empow­er peo­ple with the abil­i­ty to go to school, get an edu­ca­tion, work to earn a liv­ing and take care of them­selves and their fam­i­lies. Remov­ing the bur­den of blind­ness elim­i­nates bar­ri­ers and cre­ates oppor­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple to live bet­ter, health­i­er, more pro­duc­tive and more pros­per­ous lives. As a result, indi­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies and entire com­mu­ni­ties, health sys­tems and economies become stronger.

Our Impact Abroad

Canadians Answering the Call

Financial Information

At Orbis Canada, we work hard to ensure your gifts are used as effectively as possible. The funds we raise go directly to increasing access to quality eye care and saving sight in the countries where we work. We also invest in future of the organization to ensure we can continue delivering on our important mission for as long as needed.

*Please note our 2021 Audited Financial Statements will be available soon.

2020 Audited Financial Statements

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