Global Presence

While Orbis Africa serves as the regional executive office, Orbis International has a global footprint with offices and programmes in multiple countries.

Key:
Headquarters in New York
Fundraising Offices
Countries we work in
Where we’re currently helping
18
We prevent and treat
avoidable blindness in
18 countries worldwide
8
We have fundraising
offices in 8 countries

Africa

Cameroon

It is estimated that around 100,000 adults and children in and around Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé, are blind or visually impaired.

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Ethiopia

More than one million Ethiopians are blind, and close to three million have low vision.

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Ghana

It is estimated that more than 9 000 children are blind, between 50 to 70 percent of the cases being avoidable.

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KENYA, MALAWI, RWANDA, TANZANIA & UGANDA

Across Africa, an estimated 4.8 million people are blind and another 16.6 million are visually impaired.

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South Africa

There are approximately six ophthalmologists serving every million South Africans.

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Zambia

Zambia is one of the most impoverished countries in the world, with 78% of its almost 17-million population living in poverty.

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Asia

Bangladesh

With only 950 ophthalmologists, Bangladesh faces daunting challenges in delivering quality eye care to its population of 160 million people. Across the country, 750,000 adults and 48,000 children are blind, and approximately 2.5 million people are at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy (DR), a leading cause of blindness.

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China

China is estimated to have the largest number of blind people in the world — around 8.2 million. Yet most eye care professionals, particularly surgically skilled ophthalmologists, are disproportionately located and practicing in urban areas, while a majority of the blind live in rural areas.

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India

India is home to more than 20 percent of the world's blind population and the largest number of blind children in any one country. The divide between the rich and poor continues to increase, leaving a significant portion of the population without access to basic healthcare services — most of whom live either in rural India or in urban slums.

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Nepal

Nepal’s diverse terrain – ranging from hot and humid in the south to the snow clad Himalayas in the north – has exacerbated the unequal distribution of infrastructure, equipment, and human resources in eye health. As a result, much of the population is left without adequate access to quality eye care services.

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Mongolia

Cataracts are the most common cause of blindness followed by glaucoma. Mongolia is also facing an epidemic of diabetic retinopathy (DR), a potentially blinding condition associated with diabetes.

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Vietnam

There are 400,000 adults and 23,000 children in Vietnam who are blind. While blindness in Vietnam has decreased over the last decade, the country continues to struggle with providing eye care, especially in rural areas. Quality of care, training and human resources still remain problematic, and overall awareness of how to prevent blindness is low.

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Latin America and the Caribbean

Peru

In Peru, more than three-quarters of a million people are visually impaired and another 115,000 are blind. There is a critical need for high quality eye care services to tackle the leading causes of eye disease in the region, including retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) in premature babies and diabetic retinopathy (DR).

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Bolivia

Bolivia has one of the highest rates of blindness and visual impairment in South America with more than 230,000 people affected. With only 470 ophthalmologists serving 11.5 million people, Bolivia lacks the resources - as well as the necessary infrastructure, equipment and technology - to provide high quality eye health services.

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Fundraising Offices

Orbis International

Orbis International New York Headquarters

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Orbis UK

The Orbis UK fundraising office in London

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Orbis Africa

The Orbis Africa fundraising office

Orbis Ireland

The Orbis Ireland fundraising office

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Orbis Canada

The Orbis Canada fundraising office

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Orbis Hong Kong

The Orbis Hong Kong fundraising office

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Orbis Macau

The Orbis Macau fundraising office

Orbis China

The Orbis China office

Orbis Singapore

The Orbis Singapore fundraising office