Partnerships and Collaboration

At Orbis we know the world needs to work together to create a better, more prosperous future for all. The power of one may be strong, but the power of many is far stronger.

There are around 285 million people on this planet who are suffering unnecessarily from blindness or poor vision. Working in isolation we wouldn't be able to make even the smallest dent in this shocking statistic; but by building a global network of strategic partnerships we can, together, hope to bring an end to avoidable blindness.  

Racheal sees her mother for the first time

May 29, 2017

When Verah heard there was going to be an Orbis eye screening in Mansa Village, she bicycled with her daughter, one-year-old Racheal, 60 kilometers from her home to the Mansa Hospital.
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Partnerships are at the heart of all that we do. We have 60 projects in 18 countries, with whom we work to identify and address problems ranging from a shortage of skilled eye health professionals to a lack of equipment and resources. We work with governments and health ministries to improve patient care standards and ensure our partners receive all the support they need. By building long-term relationships based on trust and cooperation, we build the capacity of partners to find appropriate, sustainable solutions.

We collaborate with other NGOs on the ground to help implement our vital programme work. Fred Hollows, Carter Centre and Light for the World are just some of the organisations we work with to fight trachoma in Ethiopia, through the implementation of the World Health Organsation's SAFE strategy.

Find out how partnerships fit into our global strategic plan

We are a founding member of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight initiative, a worldwide effort to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020. We are a member of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, the G4 Alliance, and maintain official relations with the World Health Organization, to advocate and implement quality eye care for all.

But our partnerships don't end there. Our comprehensive approach looks beyond the traditional health care system to reach community activists, teachers and traditional healers. We train trusted community members to spot the signs of poor vision and ensure there is a robust referral network in place so those in need get the treatment they deserve.  

Together we will become stronger, more effective and more efficient. 

Corporate partners

We also partner with like-minded businesses and corporations who share our goal of ending avoidable blindness. The MD-10 aircraft that houses our Flying Eye Hospital was donated by long-term partner FedEx, and a number of amazing corporate partners provided the equipment on board. Discover more by visiting the virtual reality tour of the Flying Eye Hospital and clicking the icon in the top right corner. 

Alcon Foundation

Over the last three decades, Alcon has donated state-of-the-art ophthalmic equipment, pharmaceuticals and supplies for the Flying Eye Hospital and its partner hospitals around the world.

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FedEx

For more than 30 years, FedEx has played an indispensable role in helping Orbis achieve its vision of a world in which no one is needlessly blind.

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Fondation L’Occitane

With a long history of corporate social responsibility, Fondation L'OCCITANE is committed to fighting avoidable blindness around the world.

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This is how partner Alcon are helping in the fight against avoidable blindness

Our partners are all part of the Orbis family. A family which includes you, our wonderful supporters, right at the heart of it. None of this would be possible without your help. 

If you continue to support us, we'll continue to form partnerships that create lasting change for eye health across the globe.

Help us build strong partnerships that can one day bring an end to avoidable blindness

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