The focus of ORBIS Southern Africa is to develop specialised services for children's eye health within the region. Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest prevalence of childhood blindness in the world and yet very few adequate services or trained staff. ORBIS is developing specialised child friendly centres and working in partnership with community eye health programmes to build efficient referral networks for children with complex sight problems to be found, referred, treated and followed up on throughout their lifetime.
The model also includes extensive training for the children's eye health team, procurement of necessary equipment and refurbishment of facilities to ensure a child friendly environment.
ORBIS is currently developing paediatric ophthalmic centres in Zambia, South Africa, Madagascar, Tanzania and Ethiopia, click here to learn more.
How does ORBIS bring sight to those in need?
ORBIS provides the tools, training and technology for local doctors and other health care personnel to develop workable and lasting solutions to the tragedy of avoidable blindness in their country. By building up the long-term capabilities of eye care institutions (capacity building), ORBIS helps its partners reach a state where they can provide, on their own, quality eye care services that are affordable, accessible and sustainable.
Essential elements of capacity building include:
Training eye care professionals and health workers
Introducing ophthalmic technology and related management systems
Improving the quality and accessibility of eye care
Programmes, projects and the Flying Eye Hospital
ORBIS integrates capacity building, public awareness and advocacy into its action plan through several avenues:
ORBIS Southern Africa has responsiblity for the 14 countries with in the SADC region. Currently we have projects in Zambia and South Africa and are developing further initiatives in other countries
The world’s only airborne ophthalmic training facility
serves as a focal point for educational programs and advocacy efforts. Onboard, eye care professionals
from developing nations work side-by-side with the international ORBIS medical team to perform surgery, learn new skills and restore sight.
Hospital-based training programs
ORBIS conducts intensive specialised training at local hospitals year round and supports fellowships for talented partner eye care professionals to undertake advanced study with mentors at some of the world’s leading eye care institutions.
This cutting edge telemedicine initiative uses the Internet to connect doctors throughout the world with ORBIS volunteer ophthalmologists for professional mentoring, patient care consultation and online continuing medical education.
To date, ORBIS has trained more than 280,000 eye care professionals aboard the
Hospital and in local hospitals. Offices with long-term programs dedicated to preventing blindness and restoring sight are located in
Vietnam and the newly opened Cape Town, South Africa office. ORBIS development offices are located in the
Taiwan and the