HOW ORBIS FIGHTS AGAINST CHILDHOOD BLINDNESS
Children in the developing world are five times more likely to suffer from blindness than those living in affluent nations. There are approximately 20 million severely visually-impaired children in the world. Too often vision problems prevent kids from excelling in school, playing sports or taking part in other activities that their sighted peers take for granted.
Care of children is at the heart of Orbis’s sight-saving efforts. In response to the World Health Organization’s urgent call for eliminating avoidable visual impairment and blindness worldwide, Orbis has been working with its partners to improve access to affordable pediatric eye care services for children in low and middle income countries.
By joining Orbis Kids Sight Friends Monthly Donation Program, you can be a part of the legend.
#1 Helped establish 50+ pediatric eye care centers
With 35 years of experience as a global leader in eye care, Orbis has already established or strengthened more than 50 children’s eye care centers in Bangladesh, Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Jamaica, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Peru.
Each center is fully equipped and staffed by a compassionate and Orbis-trained pediatric team, including ophthalmologists, anesthesiologists, patient-care counselors and refractionists.
In order to provide sustainable and high-quality pediatric eye care services, Orbis will utilize our considerable experience to create more centers in other locations where there is a pressing need for dedicated pediatric eye care services.
#2 Reaches 1 million children in India every year
Orbis launched the India Childhood Blindness Initiative (ICBI) in 2002 to help ensure that India’s children have access to quality eye care for generations to come. Today the network under the ICBI stands as the world’s largest network of Children’s Eye Center, reaching over a million children each year.
In its continued journey to help the children of India, Orbis India launched the ‘REACH’ – Refractive Error Among Children program across 15 districts of India in July 2016. The initiative has addressed the problem of refractive errors among school-going children and has reached 1 million children through school screening programs in just seven months. The REACH continues to identify and treat children with an aim to reach over three million in three years.
#3 Established the first pediatric eye operation theatre in Bangladesh
The first international-standard specialised pediatric eye operation theatre (OT) was installed at the National Institute of Ophthalmology and Hospital (NIO&H) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on May 27, 2015, aiming to provide quality eyecare to babies and children.
Orbis has sponsored the OT unit under the National Childhood Blindness Reduction Program, which is a milestone in pediatric eye care in the country. Children will be given world-class services at the unit free of cost or at an affordable price.
#4 Trained the first retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) doctor in Vietnam
Dr. Nguyen Xuan Tinh, Deputy Head of Pediatric Ophthalmology Department at Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology, has received training from Orbis since 2001 on retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) – an eye disease affecting prematurely born babies that may result in permanent blindness. He is the first pediatric ophthalmologist in Vietnam to be able to treat ROP. Dr. Tinh has now successfully restored the sight of thousands of premature babies. He becomes a key trainer on ROP and is now taking a special technical role to lead ROP works in Vietnam.
#5 Awarded Champion for Vision for dedication to children’s eye health
Orbis was recognized as a Champion for Vision at the annual American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) meeting in Vancouver, Canada in April 2016.
The award is given jointly by the Children’s Eye Foundation and AAPOS to celebrate extraordinary efforts in championing children’s vision.
“An organization that began as a plane now operates long-term programs in 18 countries across Asia, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. Orbis is probably best known for its unique education and training tools, the Flying Eye Hospital, Cybersight and also the largest global cadre of over 400 volunteer professionals,” said AAPOS President M. Edward Wilson, MD, at the award presentation.
“What’s most important to recognize about Orbis is the organization’s dedication and commitment to children’s eye health,” Wilson added.
Orbis Kids Sight Friends Monthly Donation Program
With the end goal of being the systemic reduction of childhood blindness, your regular support will provide resources to us for giving high-quality care to children who are at risk of losing sight.
How your monthly donation will help save kids’ sight:
• A continuing monthly donation of HK$50 helps subsidize strabismus surgery for one child each year.
• A continuing monthly donation of HK$120 helps subsidize cataract surgery for five people each year.
• A continuing monthly donation of HK$250 helps cover the cost of distributing antibiotics that will protect 500 people from blindness-causing trachoma each year.
• A continuing monthly donation of HK$500 helps fund training for an ophthalmic nurse who will provide eye care services and surgery to prevent corneal-scarring caused by infectious trachoma in rural areas each year.
• A continuing monthly donation of HK$1,000 helps finance six rural eye camps which will examine 3,000 people for cataracts each year.
Act now and thank you so much!