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Orbis is an international eye care charity that transforms lives by preventing and treating avoidable blindness. We work in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America training eye care teams, strengthening hospitals and working on the ground to provide lasting solutions to communities in need.
39 million people in the world are blind – yet 80% of blindness is avoidable or treatable. 90% of blindness occurs in the developing world where access to eye care is limited. Orbis exists to change this.
Every year we send our remarkable volunteer ophthalmologists, anaesthetists, nurses and bio-medics from around the globe to train local eye health professionals and perform sight-saving surgery. Training takes place both onboard the Flying Eye Hospital – our unique teaching facility – and in partnership with local hospitals.
Since 1982 we have conducted programmes in 92 countries, trained more than 325,000 medical professionals and carried out over 23.3 million treatments.
We have 40 long-term projects around the world and we also focus on research and advocacy as a way to increase knowledge of eye health and push it up the government agenda in the countries we operate.