Patients and family sit in the waiting room at Shandong Hospital, China

Our Work in China

Orbis's Flying Eye Hospital first visited Guangzhou, China in 1982.

In 2000, Orbis began carrying out long term projects to help create quality, affordable and accessible eye care for rural communities, particularly in western China’s remote ethnic minority areas.

Avoidable Blindness in China

China is estimated to have the largest number of blind people in the world – around 8.9 million.

Yet most eye care professionals, particularly surgically skilled ophthalmologists, are located and practising in urban areas, while a majority of people living with blindness are based in rural areas.

Saving Sight in China

Our partners and supporters like you have helped us:

  • Strengthen 118 community and town health centres capacity with vision screening equipment and training
  • Supported Shanxi Eye Hospital to establish Shanxi Paediatric Ophthalmology Wing, which was the first children's ophthalmology centre in China
  • Carry out trainings for eye care professionals
  • Perform eye surgeries in hospitals
  • Host over 40 Flying Eye Hospital visits

Impact In 2022

What’s Next?

Today Orbis is working with partners in China to:

  • Find sustainable solutions to address the lack of quality, affordable and accessible eye care services for the rural poor
  • Build rural eye care networks and developing partner ophthalmic skills
  • Collaborate with the National Committee for Prevention of Blindness and provincial prevention blindness offices to address diabetic retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity

Help support our sight saving work across China

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