Flying Eye Hospital

What we're doing to tackle Global Blindness | Orbis

With avoidable blindness set reach 60 million by 2050, we need to reverse the trend before it’s too late. The old way simply isn’t working. We need to push boundaries and lead from the front of eye health innovation now, if we’re going to help ensure a brighter tomorrow.

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 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.

In 2019, Orbis programs resulted in over 66,000 completed trainings for doctors, nurses and other health workers. However, the impact reaches far beyond these numbers.

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.

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