DELIVERING EYE CARE TO ROHINGYA PEOPLE IN BANGLADESH

June 2018

On this World Refugee Day, Orbis Canada is proud to announce a new partnership with OBAT Canada that will help provided critically needed eye care for the Roynigya people in Bangladesh - a country in which more than 34.3 million people are already suffering from blindness or visual impairment.

THE PLIGHT OF THE ROHINGYA PEOPLE

The dire situation facing hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people is currently one of the world’s fastest growing refugee crises. Since August 2017, more than 700,000 men, women and children have risked their lives by sea or over land in a desperate attempt to escape violence, persecution, and the destruction of their villages.

Displaced from their homes and the lives they once knew, many Rohingya people are living in abject poverty, with little or no access to basic health care services, including eye care. 

Forced to flee for their lives, many have sought refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh - a country where more than 34.3 million people are already suffering from blindness or visual impairment. The influx of refugees has placed even grater strain on an already overwhelmed eye care network.

A Rohingya elder discusses his eye problems with an Orbis staff member at a screening in Bangladesh

Displaced from their homes and the lives they once knew, many Rohingya people are living in abject poverty, with little or no access to basic health care services, including eye care. 

Forced to flee for their lives, many have sought refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh - a country where more than 34.3 million people are already suffering from blindness or visual impairment. This influx of refugees has placed even greater strain on an already overwhelmed eye care network.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

On this World Refugee Day, Obris Canada is excited to announce that we have received a matching pledge of $50,000 from OBAT Canada

But we need your help to raise an additional $50,000 to make that pledge a reality.

Together, the $100,000 that we raise will provide more than 1,000 eye surgeries, laser treatments and other sight-saving procedures that will help ensure that no Rohingya man, woman or child loses their sight to a treatable or preventable condition.

Rohingya people queue outside the Orbis screening centre in Bangladesh

Since October 2017, OBAT Canada has been responding to the critical situation that came about after the influx of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh.

In order to make this pledge a reality, we are relying on the generosity of our donors and supporters to help us raise an additional $50,000.

Together, the $100,000 that we raise will provide nearly 1,300 eye surgeries, laser treatments and other sight-saving procedures that will help ensure that no Rohingya man, woman or child loses their sight to a treatable or preventable condition.

We want to help. We can help. But we need your support.

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