BMJ Christmas appeal in support of Orbis
Orbis UK is delighted to have been chosen by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) as the recipient of their Christmas charity appeal. Until the end of January, the BMJ will run a number of features on Orbis - informing its readers about the importance of preventing needless blindness and visual impairment, whilst raising vital funds for our work.
Until the end of the appeal, we will be posting links to stories, videos, interviews and pictures below - so look no further to hear from our partners and volunteer doctors; discover more about some of the people we have treated; delve into the new Flying Eye Hospital and learn about new and innovative projects. We’ll also be keeping you up to date on how much the appeal raises along the way.
Richard Hurley, features and debates editor at the BMJ commented:
“The BMJ is delighted to support Orbis with its Christmas appeal this year because we think the charity will resonate strongly with our worldwide readership of practising clinicians. We were struck by the importance of the work carried out by Orbis's medical and surgical volunteers to prevent and treat the huge problem of avoidable blindness in developing countries, which too often makes families destitute. We were also impressed by the work Orbis does to train entire eye care teams locally. In addition to raising funds for the charity, we hope that our support will increase awareness of Orbis's work.”
There are a number of simple, low cost ways that BMJ readers can literally help to transform lives:
• £84 could cover the cost of corrective eye glasses to improve the vision of 8 children
• £150 could buy six intraocular lenses for cataract surgery
• £239 could provide hands on surgical training opportunities on board the Flying Eye Hospital for two local doctors.
A simple pair of glasses can make the difference between a child seeing the blackboard at school, or missing out on education. A lens can restore vision to a person suffering from cataracts, improving their livelihood, and ensuring they can continue to provide for their family. Training on board the Flying Eye Hospital can provide a local doctor with skills they may have not otherwise had access to – empowering them to further share their expertise within their own workplace, benefitting the wider community.
Everyone deserves the chance to see, no matter where they live. With the generous support of BMJ readers this Christmas, we will be one step closer to making this happen.
You can catch the BMJ's coverage of Orbis here:
- Orbis - The Sight Savers
- The Big Picture - Appeal for Sight
- BMJ Christmas Appeal - Training Eye Teams is Vital to Producing Change - Blog from Orbis volunteer Ian Fleming
- Changing children's lives through cataract surgery
- Bridging the gap in avoidable blindness - Blog from Orbis's Global Medical Director - Dr Jonathan Lord
- Saving sight and lives online
- The Big Picture - Making a song and dance about trachoma
- Going places where other charities often can't - Blog from Orbis volunteer Sanjay Saikia
- How volunteering for a global charity helps eye care back home
- Orbis was the platform from which I progressed - Blog from Dr Kittisak Kulvichit, Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand