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, 75% 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

Read About our success Stories

Eye Bank of Ethiopia Celebrates 15 Years of Treating Corneal Blindness

Partners in eye care, Orbis International, Himalayan Cataract Project and SightLife honor milestone for the highest volume eye bank in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Reunited after 27 Years – on the Flying Eye Hospital

By Orbis International
Jose Raul was a healthy, happy five-year-old playing …

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Ghana’s First Eye Health Documentary Launched to Combat Childhood Blindness

Kumasi, Ghana
By Helen White
Health officials in Kumasi, Ghana had front …

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