Saving sight in Ethiopia

2018 marks the twentieth time our supporters have helped fund Flying Eye Hospital sight-saving missions in Ethiopia!

Patient leaves flying eye hospital.

For more than 20 years, Orbis, in partnership with Mass Drug Administration (MDA), has successfully established an eye care system in the rural south of Ethiopia, the creation of the first pediatric ophthalmology clinic and the first pediatric ophthalmology department, in collaboration with hospitals and academic, we have trained more than 10,000 eye care faculty. In order to combat blinding eye diseases - the trachoma threat, we distributed more than 28 million doses of antibiotic Zithromax in Ethiopia to prevent trachoma for more than 15 million people.

Trachoma is known to be one of the major causes of blindness in Ethiopia. Due to poor hygiene and lack of health education knowledge in poor areas of Ethiopia, many local people suffer from trachoma because of bacterial infection. If there is no treatment received in time after diagnosed trachoma, their vision will be impaired or even cause blindness.

Orbis is determined to eliminate the threat of Trachoma to local people in Ethiopia. For the last 20 years. Orbis has been harnessing the World Health Organization’s “SAFE” elimination strategy here. In addition to eyelid surgery, its elements include distributing antibiotics and the improving of facial and general hygiene. The coming years will see us continue to train or educate Ethiopian eye specialists and healthcare professionals and teachers, as well as community and women’s group leaders about eyecare.

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Please support our WSD 2018 sight-saving journey!

Currently there are 1.2 million Ethiopian people suffering from trachoma and 40% of them are children (from one year old to nine years old). There is a long way for Orbis to bring long-term brightness to Ethiopia.

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