What we are doing to tackle global blindness

With your help, we can ensure everyone has access to quality eye care, no matter where they live.

Passing on Skills and Knowledge

Training is at the very heart of everything we do. With your support and the help of our world-leading expert volunteers, we provide training to all types of healthcare workers – from doctors and nurses in regional hospitals to district leaders and teachers in remote areas.

Dr Daniel Neeley screening a young patient.

Volunteer Dr. Daniel Neely shows how to screen a young patient using a Winnie the Pooh toy (Photo credit: Geoff Oliver Bugbee/Orbis)

We carry out training and mentoring activities through our hospital-based training, on board our incredible Flying Eye Hospital, and via our online mentoring platform, Cybersight. Our long-term country programme work is possible thanks to the generosity of our remarkable volunteer ophthalmologists, anaesthetists, nurses and biomedical engineers who give up their free time every year to train eye teams in communities around the world.

Our Comprehensive Approach

We offer a comprehensive approach to eye care using the best tools and resources available

We work with non-profit hospitals, national and local governments, and NGOs to improve and expand healthcare facilities – so that more people can get the eye care they need, especially those in rural and remote areas.

We support partners to set up community eye health facilities, such as Vision Centres, and eye care units in regional hospitals. We also support referral networks to help patients receive the most appropriate treatment in the best place for them.

We put local patients in direct contact with regional specialists via video conferencing platforms, and we support people without the means to access treatment by providing transport and ensuring cost is not a barrier.

Young patient receives Zithromax antibiotics in Ethiopia

Providing Zithromax antibiotics to help eliminate trachoma in Ethiopia (Photo credit: Geoff Oliver Bugbee)

In Ethiopia, for example, we help implement the World Health Organisation's SAFE strategy alongside partners such as the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), international eye care NGOs and the Ministry of Health to help eliminate trachoma, a painful, contagious and blinding disease.

We establish long-term country programmes and build the capacity of health systems to improve access to quality eye care. We train all types of workers across all levels of the health system – not just ophthalmologists and nurses, but primary health workers and community volunteers. We also work with hospitals to improve leadership and governance in order to help improve the long-term quality of patient care.

Our comprehensive approach in action.

In 2021, Orbis delivered 36,000 training sessions for clinical staff and community representatives, almost doubling our target. However, the impact reaches far beyond these numbers.

The restoration of sight is one of the most effective and cost-efficient ways to reverse the cycle of poverty for individuals and their families, according to the World Bank and World Health Organisation. Orbis is doing this through ensuring the provision of quality eye care.

Find out more about how we work and some of the amazing things your support goes towards.

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The Highlights