China is estimated to have the largest number of blind people in the world — around 8.2 million. Yet, most eye care professionals, particularly surgically skilled ophthalmologists, are disproportionately located and practicing in urban areas, while a majority of the blind live in rural areas.
- Orbis is building rural eye care networks, developing partner ophthalmic skills and addressing the issue of childhood blindness throughout China
- We are finding sustainable solutions to the lack of quality, affordable and accessible eye care services for the rural poor
- Additionally, we’re collaborating with the Chinese Ministry of Health to address diabetic eye disease and retinopathy of prematurity
Since establishing an office in Beijing, in 1999, we’ve implemented sustainable solutions to the lack of quality, affordable and accessible eye care services available to the rural poor, particularly in western China’s remote ethnic minority areas.
Success in China
- Orbis is recognized as a leading blindness prevention organization in China and is considered by the International Association for the Prevention of Blindness and other nongovernmental organizations as one of most capable, effective and professional blindness prevention organizations in China
- We’ve strengthened our relationship with the Ministry of Health, which has strong potential for two bilateral projects in the areas of diabetic retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity
- We’re leading a collaborative effort in the much needed area of residency training in China and Mongolia, working with the International Council of Ophthalmology and the Chinese Council of Ophthalmology