EQUIPPING AND TRAINING AFRICA’S MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS TO FIGHT BLINDNESS

Orbis Africa works with local partners to develop their capacity for accessible, high-quality, sustainable eye-health services for all, regardless of their ability to pay. We do this by developing infrastructure, providing training to local doctors, nurses and community members, and conducting outreach services.

IS EYE CARE THAT IMPORTANT IN AFRICA?

Africa is the continent with the highest prevalence of blindness with an estimated 4.8 million blind and 16.6 million people living with severe to moderate visual impairment. 75% suffer from conditions that treatable, curable or preventable.

According to Statistics South Africa, 435 109 people in South Africa have low vision but the majority of the ophthalmologists work in the urban areas and the private sector whereas the citizens most at risk live in rural areas. In Ethiopia, trachoma, an entirely preventable eye disease, is partly responsible for causing blindness in nearly a million people. Approximately 9 000 children in Ghana are blind – more than half these cases were avoidable.

In 2016 Orbis globally trained 40 000 eye-care professionals to treat vision impairment.
Our interventions improved more than 3.5 million lives.

What we do

We prevent blindness through training, advocacy and research

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WHERE WE GO

Wherever there is a need and governments will work with us

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WHAT YOU CAN DO

We need your help. Leave a legacy, fundraise, donate

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OUR IMPACT

When sight is restored to people who are visually impaired, or when blindness is prevented, it doesn’t just improve the lives of individuals. It strengthens their communities. Men and women can return to work. Children go back to school. People can contribute to their community helping to build a better future for their families.

By working to build the resources and expertise of eye care professionals in Africa, we’re giving countless communities access to quality eye care and transforming lives in the process.

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WE CHANGE LIVES. YOU CAN HELP

It all starts with a vision. For us, that is an Africa where no one ever loses their sight through preventable or treatable disease.
Please help us realise that vision. Make Orbis Africa your charity and help us in one of the following ways.

FUNDRAISE

Attend one of our fundraising events or stage an event nominating Orbis Africa as the beneficiary.

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MAKE A DONATION

It’s so easy to help. You can do it right now!

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LEAVE A LEGACY

Make a bequest to Orbis Africa in your will.

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WE’D LOVE YOUR HELP

Donate your services, skills or time.

HOW YOUR DONATION IS USED

In 2015, 92 percent of every donation was used by Orbis Africa to fund its eye care programme costs.

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