Thanks to you, more people can access safe eye care throughout the pandemic | Orbis

Thanks to you, more people can access safe eye care throughout the pandemic

While the coronavirus has dominated our lives over the past 12 months, once again our Orbis family – you the supporters, answered our call and stood by us.

You may recall receiving our Christmas ‘double-your- support’ appeal. We shared the personal story of Biswajit Pal, a field officer at the Cox’s Bazar Baitush Sharaf Hospital (CBBSH), an Orbis partner hospital. Biswajit works directly on the frontline to bring eye care to low income families and Rohingya refugees in South East Bangladesh.

The appeal raised £140,000 from public donations and included a ‘double every donation’ pledge from one very generous supporter, inspired by the work we do. Your generosity has helped set up COVID-secure facilities for adults and children from both local and Rohingya refugee communities.

See the difference you're having in the video below:

Although challenges remain, the team are now making progress in rolling out training for the teams and purchasing PPE (face masks, gowns, gloves and sanitisers) to safely continue to treat people with eye care needs. All thanks to you and your loyalty to our mission.

See more photos of this incredible work below:

Your unwavering support makes all this and much more possible, meaning even more people can receive the precious gift of sight safely. We can’t thank you enough for your kindness – we couldn’t do it without you!


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