A conversation with HRH The Countess of Wessex | Orbis
Countess of Wessex in front of the Flying Eye Hospital

A conversation with HRH The Countess of Wessex

On 28th April we were delighted that Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex joined colleagues and key supporters, including those who have kindly left a gift to Orbis in their will, at an online thank you event.

As Global Ambassador for the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, Her Royal Highness highlighted her support of Orbis’s transformative work with partners, building services to treat more people with vision loss in their communities saying: “I love the way that Orbis always trains local doctors, for local needs and leaves a legacy behind wherever it goes. It’s a self-fulfilling legacy and that’s the beauty of Orbis.”

The event was hosted by ophthalmologist and Orbis UK Trustee Robert Walters, who has travelled with the Countess to our programmes in India and Bangladesh, visiting the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital and local partner hospitals.

Derek Hodkey, Orbis International CEO and President and Lucia Nadaf, Director of Orbis Zambia, discussed the challenges that Orbis has encountered in the face of the pandemic, such as our Flying Eye Hospital being unable to travel.

Thanks to our generous supporters, we have been able to adapt and support our partners to deliver eye care to those most in need across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America. We also spoke about the unprecedented uptake in medics around the world receiving training via Cybersight, our online ophthalmic training platform.

The Countess acknowledged the challenges caused by the pandemic and thanked Orbis supporters for their ongoing support, “We have a long way to go, and Covid has really not helped, we can’t forget that actually these eye health issues continue to happen. Thank you on behalf of every individual whose sight has been restored by Orbis and the team.”

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