Giving vision to someone who has been partially sighted or has never had vision, has a life-changing impact on the family, the community and, ultimately the economy of a country. 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.

Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest prevalence of blindness and visual impairment in the world. With the skills and equipment found at even the most basic Western hospital, 80% of all eye conditions in Sub-Saharan Africa could be easily cured.

According to the World Health Organisation there are currently 57 countries in crisis in Human Resources for Health and 36 of these are situated in Sub-Saharan Africa. 89% of the 253 million blind or visually impaired are in developing countries where resources are low – this means many go blind even though their conditions are treatable or preventable!

Orbis Africa’s innovative strategies speak directly to these problems – by working to build the resources and expertise of eye-care professionals, we’re giving countless African communities access to quality eye care and transforming lives.

medical personnel trained in 2016

Medical and optical treatments conducted by partners in 2016

patient visits in 2016

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Africans Bringing Sight to Africa

Helen White
25 May 2017, Africa Day, marks the celebration of …

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Women are more vulnerable to blindness than men

When existing structures are relied upon in an effective way, a great many women can seek the eye health they need. When they get the help they need, preventable blindness can be stopped in its tracks.

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Eye Care Checklist for Parents and Caregivers

This information was compiled by Dr. Dharmesh Parbhoo (consultant ophthalmologist …

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