Eye doctor in surgery.

Volunteer Faculty| Orbis

Our world renowned Volunteer Faculty are the heartbeat of our training programs around the world. For more than 30 years, the keystone of Orbis work has been to teach and train eye health professionals to prevent and treat avoidable blindness.

One of the most critical deficits in global eye health is the lack of an adequately trained workforce. Our comprehensive global network of volunteer medical professionals provide ophthalmic education and instruction to increase our partners’ skills, service and the quality of patient care.

This is the very reason Orbis was formed - to provide ongoing training and support to eye care teams around the world. Comprised of world leading experts in eye health, our global force of 400 volunteer ophthalmologists, nurses, anaesthesiologists and biomedical engineers from over 30 countries, share their skills with local teams to help improve the level of eye care for generations to come.

In 2019 alone Orbis deployed 144 Volunteer Faculty to train local eye care teams on our Flying Eye Hospital and in local hospitals.

By talking to our partner hospitals and their staff, we create teaching programs tailored specifically for their needs. Our volunteers conduct this training and pass on the tools to undertake more complicated procedures, improve surgical outcomes and most importantly of all, restore sight to those in need of assistance.

Our Volunteer Faculty also mentor people from around the world through our telemedicine platform, Cybersight. With 90% of the world’s blind population living in low income settings, this training is making eye care more accessible where it is needed most.

Volunteers in the news

The life-changing flying eye hospital treating blindness across the globe

In Kitwe, the second largest city in Zambia, young mother Verah is carrying her one-year-old daughter, Racheal, into the consultation room at the eye annexe. The only dedicated paediatric eyecare centre in the country, the Kitwe annexe also attracts patients from neighbouring Angola and Congo.

On Board The Flying Eye Hospital

I think if I wasn't an anaesthetist, I would have liked to have been a pilot. There's a lot of similarities, in terms of responsibility, it's a practical role, it's science based. In the end though - I like my patients. Most of my anaesthetic practice is with children.

BMJ Christmas charity appeal: Orbis's Flying Eye Hospital-going places where other charities often can't

I think if I wasn't an anaesthetist, I would have liked to have been a pilot. There are a lot of similarities between the two: in terms of responsibility, and that it's a practical, science based role.

Your support means our amazing volunteers can run training programs which not only help share critical skills, but give the gift of sight to those needlessly living in a world of darkness.

Thanks to your support and the help of our Volunteer Faculty, children can see their parents for the first time; an elderly man regains his vision meaning his grandchild can go to school and no longer needs to be a carer; or a mother can receive surgery and return to work to support her family.

Apart from our medical team, we also wish to introduce to you one special member - Seymour, Orbis's mascot! He is there to accompany patients during recovery, and to give warm hugs whenever needed.

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