WHAT WE DO

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 Volunteer Faculty, 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 Ian Fleming training Vietnamese clinicians, all dressed in scrubs

A training during the Flying Eye Hospital 2015 in Hue, Vietnam (Photo credit: Geoff Oliver Bugbee/Orbis).

Our specialist training is delivered in partnership with local hospitals, public health agencies and governments. It takes place on board our incredible Flying Eye Hospital, through our online mentoring platform, Cybersight, and through our long-term country programs. It is made possible thanks to the generosity of our remarkable volunteer ophthalmologists, anesthesiologists, 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 bring people together in the fight against avoidable blindness. We know we can't do it all on our own so we work with partners to evaluate the specific needs of each region, help develop a tailored plan to restore sight and put in place a long-term eye health strategy.

We educate communities about eye health, and with the help of key partners, distribute vital antibiotics to treat and prevent serious eye conditions. We provide crucial eye health information via radio broadcasts, film screenings and educational materials.

We establish permanent presences or long-term country programs, 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 leadership and governance - to help improve the long term quality of patient care.

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 Organization. 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.