What we're doing to tackle Global Blindness | Orbis

What we're doing to tackle Global Blindness

With your help, we can ensure everyone has access to quality eye care, no matter where they live.

Passing on Skills and Knowledge

Training is at the very heart of everything we do. With your support and the help of our world-leading Volunteer Faculty, we provide training to all types of healthcare workers - from doctors and nurses in regional hospitals, to district leaders and teachers in remote areas.

Dr Daniel Neeley screening a young patient.

Volunteer Dr. Daniel Neely shows how to screen a young patient using a Winnie the Pooh toy (Photo credit: Geoff Oliver Bugbee/Orbis).

Our specialist training is delivered in partnership with local hospitals, public health agencies and governments. It takes place on board our incredible Flying Eye Hospital, through our online mentoring platform, Cybersight, and through our long-term country programs. It is made possible thanks to the generosity of our remarkable volunteer ophthalmologists, anesthesiologists, nurses and biomedical engineers who give up their free time every year to train eye teams in communities around the world.

Our Comprehensive Approach

We offer a comprehensive approach to eye care using the best tools and resources available.

We bring people together in the fight against avoidable blindness. We know we can't do it all on our own so we work with partners to evaluate the specific needs of each region, help develop a tailored plan to restore sight and put in place a long-term eye health strategy.

We educate communities about eye health, and with the help of key partners, distribute vital antibiotics to treat and prevent serious eye conditions. We provide crucial eye health information via radio broadcasts, film screenings and educational materials.

Young patient receives Zithromax antibiotics in Ethiopia

Providing Zithromax antibiotics to help eliminate trachoma in Ethiopia (Photo credit: Geoff Oliver Bugbee).

In Ethiopia for example, we help implement the World Health Organisation's SAFE strategy alongside partners such as the UK Department for International Development, Fred Hallows, Sightsavers, and the Ministry of Health to help eliminate trachoma, a painful, contagious and blinding disease.

We establish permanent presences or long-term country programs, and build the capacity of health systems to improve access to quality eye care. We train all types of workers across all levels of the health system - not just ophthalmologists and nurses, but leadership and governance - to help improve the long-term quality of patient care.

Our comprehensive approach in action.

Despite the additional barriers presented by a global pandemic, more than 29,000 trainings were completed by doctors, nurses and other eye care workers throughout 2020 alone.

The restoration of sight is one of the most effective and cost-efficient ways to reverse the cycle of poverty for individuals and their families, according to the World Bank and World Health Organization. Orbis is doing this through ensuring the provision of quality eye care.

Find out more about how we work, and some of the amazing things your support goes towards:

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