Orbis Programmes are expanding thanks to new funding from Qatar Fund for Development

December 2019

In 2020, our joint eye health initiative with the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), will be expanding thanks to a new injection of funding from the nation.

Qatar Creating Vision (QCV), which began in 2016, has provided 5.9 million eye tests to children across India and Bangladesh, where approximately 473,000 children are blind. This new phase of programmes will tackle avoidable blindness in more countries across Asia and will also now improve eye health services in Africa.

In 2018, the initiative was extended to help those struggling with vision loss within the Rohingya and local host community in South East Bangladesh. Demand for services has been incredibly high and in just under two years, we’ve delivered over 150,000 eye tests, treatments and surgeries thanks to their support.

Our CEO, Rebecca Cronin, commented:

The generosity of the Qatar Fund for Development and the Qatari people has helped us to deliver sight saving treatments to those who need it most. We know that a significant proportion of blindness is avoidable, yet many services may be too far away to reach or simply too expensive. Through initiatives such as Qatar Creating Vision, we can bring eye care services closer to home.

His Excellency, Khalifa bin Jassem Al-Kuwari, Director General of QFFD continued:

This expansion comes from the commitment of QFFD to provide access to health services for children and adults around the world, and QCV provides a platform for NGO’s, corporate sector and the community to get involved and help the initiative provide children with a better future. We hope that by treating those children we don’t only help them see better, but that we can help them learn better in schools and have a better life quality.

Keep an eye on our website for more updates in 2020 as new Qatar Creating Vision programmes launch throughout the year.