TRAINING, RESEARCH, ADVOCACY
We work to prevent blindness by training eye care professionals and ensuring they have adequate infrastructure and resources to provide sustainable, quality eye care.
To ensure success in our projects, we build relationships and collaborate with policy makers, ministries of health and NGOs. These relationships then allow us to advocate for the placement of supportive policies on national agendas, and campaign for public awareness and education around the importance of quality eye care. Advocacy efforts are supported by extensive research.
This is our three-pronged approach: by establishing relationships with policy makers, by raising awareness through research-based advocacy, and by providing training and infrastructure to strengthen local eye care institutions, we work to eliminate preventable blindness and vision impairment across Africa.
THE IMPORTANCE OF TRAINING
Expert surgeons and village doctors, community nurses and traditional healers, health ministers and community activists, global foundations and individual donors. Orbis Africa brings them all together with one goal: to work towards a future where not one African loses their sight to a disease that is preventable or treatable.
We focus on increasing the skills and knowledge of our partners, and we take a team approach. We don’t just train ophthalmologists, but the entire eye health team. A team approach ultimately affects the entire eye health system and transfers skills from one doctor or nurse to an entire team of eye care professionals, promoting self-sufficiency. This improves the quality of patient care standards and clinical efficiency — leading to better quality patient outcomes.
Orbis Africa conducts training programmes by collaborating with local hospitals, on our Flying Eye Hospital and through Cybersight. These programmmes include training and enhancing skills of the entire eye care team in areas including paediatric eye care, cataract, glaucoma, retina, oculoplastics and diabetic retinopathy.
“Orbis is unique because they work alongside local counterparts, building confidence and competency. It is all about Orbis’s partners, not about us. By enhancing the skills of local eye care teams, they are the ones empowered to take care of their own patient populations. This focus on self-sufficiency is a future where access to quality eye care becomes the norm and not the exception.”
-Roberto Pineda, MD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, Orbis Volunteer Faculty
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