Orbis is an international NGO that works to prevent and treat blindness through hands-on training, public health education, improved access to quality eye care, advocacy and partnerships with local health care organizations.
Orbis is well known for its “Flying Eye Hospital (FEH)”, an ophthalmic hospital and teaching facility located on board a DC-10 jet aircraft. Orbis has worked in China since the first visit of the Flying Eye Hospital (FEH) to Guangzhou in 1982. Since then, the FEH has traveled to China a total of more than 30 times. In 2000, Orbis began to carry out on the ground programs in China in collaboration with local partners. These programs have focused on capacity building through training and provision of equipment, and have focused on children’s eye health, alleviation of cataract blindness, and more recently on complex emerging diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.
Over the past 33 years, Orbis China has conducted 230 sight saving programs in 32 provinces and cities in China, treated more than 1,085,187 patients, carried out over 4,500,000 screening examinations and trained 43,738 health workers – the sustainable high quality eye services can be provided to local residences even after programs accomplished.
“Orbis is honored to partner with AsBAA in two consecutive years. We were overwhelmed with the generosity of the guests at the AsBAA Charity Gala Dinner. With your kindhearted support, blind people can finally escape from the dark and experience the warmth from seeing again. We look forward to a fruitful relationship with AsBAA to transforming lives of the underprivileged.” Mary Lau, Orbis Director of Development, HK and China.