Research

“One of the most exciting things about working with Orbis is to witness the growing commitment throughout the organization that their work must be evidence-based. That we must set targets for ourselves and our partners, collect and carefully sift through data to assess our progress towards those targets. This is how we create the high-quality programs and bring the clearest vision to the places with the least resources. That’s what I go to bed at night thinking about, what I wake up in the morning excited to do.”

- Nathan Congdon, Professor of Ophthalmology at Sun Yat Sen University in Guangzhou, China, Senior Technical  and Clinical Advisor, Orbis North Asia

The Importance of Research

Orbis supports research to develop strategy for evidence based interventions to plan the design and development of our programs. Research also supports advocacy efforts to impact access to eye care. Research is vital to planning and operating cost-effective and efficient eye care programs. Without accurate research on the extent of a problem, or what is already working, implementing quality eye care is very difficult. Orbis works in partnership to create meaningful research that informs global blindness prevention for adults and children where we work.

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War on Poverty Coalition Research 
 

Poverty and Eye Health

  • A conceptual understanding of poverty related attributes that contribute to eye disability from vision impairment and blindness, using evidence sourced from poverty and eye health research studies. Read more..
     

Blindness and poverty research

  • A comprehensive review of the relationship between poverty and blindness/visual impairment. Read more..
     

Cataract Impact study

  • The International Centre for Eye Health carried out a cataract impact study to assess the impact of cataract surgery on poverty, health related quality of life and activities. Read more..
     

Medical device donations: considerations for solicitation and provision

  • An overview of the issues surrounding medical device donations, providing considerations and best practices that may be useful for making and soliciting donations emphasizing the importance of treating donations with the same rigor typically applied when purchasing medical equipment. Read more..

 

Childhood Blindness Research
 

Towards Better Eye Health Care for Africa’s Children (abridged version)

  • What can be done, who is responsible and how can we collaborate to improve the invisible issue of child eye health care in Africa. Read abridged report here..
     

Towards Better Eye Health Care for Africa’s Children (full version)

  • What can be done, who is responsible and how can we collaborate to improve the invisible issue of child eye health care in Africa. Read the full report here..
     

Children with visual impairment talk about their lives

  • This study tells of children’s experiences of visual impairment through their own voice, discussing their feelings of marginalization and loneliness as a result of their disability. Read the report here..
     

Children have the Right to Sight

  • Early detection is crucial to save the sight of children. Orbis has compiled this checklist for parents and caregivers to detect possible eye problems in young children. Read the report here..
     

Advocating for action to ensure child eye care in Africa

  • International eye health specialists focus on developing a comprehensive model for managing avoidable childhood blindness in Africa. Read the report here..

 

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