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Help Orbis build a world where everyone can access eye care

The Orbis community is brought together by a shared vision. A vision for a world where everyone can access the eye care they need to thrive.

Our 2024 Mission and Vision

As we kick off 2024, we are so proud to continue our work to increase equitable access to eye health services and improve the quality of life of the communities we work with.

Orbis has been improving access to eye care for more than 40 years. In the early days, we had a sole focus on eye care training. Sharing skills and knowledge in underresourced areas remains one of the best ways to improve the quality of eye care available.

Over the years, as training has remained a core part of our programmes, our work has also expanded to encompass so much more.

Treatment and Prevention

Our long-term country programmes aim to put eye care within reach for all. We assess the needs of the local population and work with ministries of health and local hospitals to identify gaps.

Programmes such as our trachoma-fighting initiatives in Ethiopia, where we recently delivered our 100-millionth dose of sight-saving antibiotics, to our REACH (Refractive Error Among Children) project in India, where we work with local schools to screen for vision problems and donate glasses – are examples of how to radically scale interventions that save and restore vision at low cost.

Technology

We develop and scale access to innovative technology that is revolutionising training for eye care professionals and treatment for patients.

For too long, the most cutting-edge tools have only been accessible in high-income settings, though their greatest impact can be made in the most underserved places.

For example, we have spent two decades developing our award-winning telemedicine platform, Cybersight. Not only does Cybersight host a suite of training tools (webinars, online courses, live surgical demonstrations) it also facilitates one-to-one consultations. We are also scaling access to AI-led eye screening and VR training tools.

A person holding a smartphone showing the Vietnamese web version of Cybersight

In 2023, Orbis celebrated 20 years of Cybersight with the launch of a new app.

Teamwork

We could not improve access to eye care without a global network of donors, supporters, corporate sponsors, volunteers, local eye partners, ministries of health. Our team of 400 world-renowned medical volunteers, known as our Volunteer Faculty, have also helped Orbis to do this.

By cultivating long-standing relationships in the areas where we offer programmes, we can not only build individual centers of excellence but also influence national policies to prioritise eye care.

We rely on the generosity of people like you who want to help build a better world, and we forge strong partnerships with local eye teams to ensure your support makes the biggest impact.

Training

And of course, improving the skills of eye teams around the world is still right at the heart of much of what we do.

When eye care teams get the training they need, patients get the care they deserve, but the lack of an adequately trained workforce remains one of the greatest challenges in global ophthalmology.

We train eye care teams – from health workers in rural clinics to eye surgeons in urban centers – so they can save and restore vision in their communities.

Just as partnerships ensure we can carry out our work with the greatest impact, it is the full eye care team coming together that ensures the best impact for patients. That is why the eye care professionals we train range from surgeons, nurses, and anesthesiologists to biomedical engineers, community health workers, and more – the full spectrum of eye care workers.

Orbis Volunteer Faculty Dr. Tamara Fountain trains local doctors in Lusaka, Zambia.

Orbis Volunteer Faculty Dr. Tamara Fountain trains local doctors in Lusaka, Zambia in 2023.

Support Orbis In 2024

2024 promises to be another critical year in the fight against avoidable blindness. With your support, our teams in Ethiopia will be delivering millions of doses of sight-saving antibiotics to help reach our goal of trachoma elimination by 2030.

In India and Bangladesh, we’re expanding our program of vision centres that provide crucial access to eye-care for hard-to-reach communities. That includes our sustainable women-led green vision centres that are helping to overcome the gender gap in global vision loss.

Our Cybersight team are working to implement cutting-edge technology across all areas of our work, allowing us to reach more people than ever before around the world. And our teams will produce more peer-reviewed research and evidence-based findings to influence partners and ensure our approach has the biggest impact possible.

The Flying Eye Hospital will be traveling to Mongolia and Bangladesh to provide critical training to local eye teams.

But we cannot do any of this and more without your support. In 2024, will you help us get closer to our shared vision of a world where everyone can access the eye care they need to thrive?

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