ORBIS is dedicated to building the long-term capabilities of eye care institutions in developing countries. ORBIS works with local and national governments, as well as private sector, community-based and nongovernmental organizations, to help its partners reach a state where they can provide, on their own, quality eye care services that are affordable, accessible and sustainable.
Below are the key components of ORBIS’s capacity building efforts:
Flying Eye Hospital
The ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital is the result of a unique and lasting alliance forged between the medical and aviation industries. Our specially designed and converted DC-10 aircraft—the world’s only airborne ophthalmic training facility—makes it possible for ORBIS to bring training to eye-health professionals throughout the world. On board and in local hospitals, the ORBIS team and Volunteer Faculty provide hands-on training to local eye care professionals and convey the latest medical knowledge to treat patients and restore sight.
Cyber-Sight® is a means for connecting people via the internet in their efforts to provide quality eye care leading ultimately to the elimination of avoidable blindness. For more than 25 years ORBIS has been assisting ophthalmologists and other eye health care providers around the world, initially with the world’s only Flying Eye Hospital (FEH) and now with the addition of hospital based programs, and long-term country programs.
Throughout the year within partner hospitals, ORBIS conducts one-to-three-week training programs to help local eye care professionals enhance their skills and upgrade their local hospital environments to provide quality eye care services to their communities. ORBIS volunteer faculty work intensively with eye health professionals in the local hospital setting and train them on selected areas of eye care.
Long-term country programs
After many years of operating short-term programs on the Flying Eye Hospital and in local hospitals, ORBIS recognized the need to have a more dedicated presence in areas with critical eye health needs. ORBIS country programs are designed to respond to national and community eye health needs to provide lasting solutions to improved eye care in selected countries. These programs focus on improving the quality and accessibility of eye care to the local community.
Through ORBIS-supported fellowships, talented eye care professionals from developing countries are given the opportunity to undertake advanced study with some of the world’s most renowned experts at leading eye care institutions. Training is matched to the particular strengths of the fellows and the needs of their community. Upon completion of a fellowship, the trainee returns home to put newly acquired expertise into practice.
ORBIS maintains an active pool of more than 400 volunteer medical faculty — many from the world’s most prestigious eye care institutions. This high level of expertise enables volunteer medical professionals to deliver hands-on ophthalmic instruction and patient care from the moment they arrive until the time they depart.