Eye doctor in surgery.

Volunteer Faculty

Our world renowned Volunteer Faculty are the heartbeat of our training programs, both on the Flying Eye Hospital and in partner hospitals around the world. For nearly 40 years the keystone of our work has been to teach and train eye teams to fight blindness on their own - we couldn't do it without their hard work and dedication.

One of the biggest problems in eye health is the lack of an adequately trained workforce. Our global network of volunteer medical professionals give up their free time each year to share their amazing skills with friends and partners in communities around the world.

In 2019 alone Orbis deployed 144 Volunteer Faculty to train local eye care teams on our Flying Eye Hospital and in local hospitals.

By talking to our partner hospitals and their staff, we create teaching programs tailored specifically for their needs. Our volunteers conduct this training and pass on the tools to undertake more complicated procedures, improve surgical outcomes and most importantly of all, restore sight to those in need of assistance.

Our Volunteer Faculty also mentor people from around the world through our telemedicine platform, Cybersight. With 90% of the world’s blind population living in low income settings, this training is making eye care more accessible where it is needed most.

Volunteers in the news

The life-changing flying eye hospital treating blindness across the globe

In Kitwe, the second largest city in Zambia, young mother Verah is carrying her one-year-old daughter, Racheal, into the consultation room at the eye annexe. The only dedicated paediatric eyecare centre in the country, the Kitwe annexe also attracts patients from neighbouring Angola and Congo.

On Board The Flying Eye Hospital

I think if I wasn't an anaesthetist, I would have liked to have been a pilot. There's a lot of similarities, in terms of responsibility, it's a practical role, it's science based. In the end though - I like my patients. Most of my anaesthetic practice is with children.

Your support means our amazing volunteers can run training programs which not only help share critical skills, but give the gift of sight to those needlessly living in a world of darkness.

Thanks to your support and the help of our Volunteer Faculty, children can see their parents for the first time; an elderly man regains his vision meaning his grandchild can go to school and no longer needs to be a carer; or a mother can receive surgery and return to work to support her family.