Where we work

Millions of people go blind every year, and millions more suffer poor vision, simply because of where they were born. We think this is unacceptable. Learn more about where we work and the communities we help around the world.



It is estimated that around 180,000 people in Cameroon suffer from blindness and an additional 330,000 suffer from moderate to severe vision loss. There is a lack of skilled eye care professionals, infrastructure and equipment to adequately address these needs which is why it has the fifth highest prevalence of blindness in the world.

Read more


Five million people in Ethiopia are blind or visually impaired. Trachoma is a major cause of blindness and low vision in Ethiopia. Over 37.5% of the world’s trachoma is found in this African country.

Read more


The need for child eye health services in Ghana is immense. It is estimated that 9,000 children are blind, and up to 70 percent of these cases are avoidable. There are only two trained pediatric ophthalmologists in the country, and no formal pediatric ophthalmology training exists.

Read more


Across Africa, an estimated 4.8 million people are blind and another 16.6 million are visually impaired.

Read more

South Africa

South Africa is home to an enormous blind population and has a severe shortage of ophthalmologists to adequately serve them. In all of South Africa, there are only 324 ophthalmologists, most of who work in built up cities. Countrywide there are only a few fully qualified pediatric ophthalmologists.

Read more


Zambia has one of the lowest GDPs on the planet, with three-quarters of its population living in poverty. Tragically, it also has a large blind population and one of the highest rates of childhood blindness in the world.

Read more



With only 950 ophthalmologists, Bangladesh faces daunting challenges in delivering quality eye care to its population of 160 million people. Across the country, 750,000 adults and 48,000 children are blind, and approximately 2.5 million people are at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy (DR), a leading cause of blindness.

Read more


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.

Read more


India is home to more than 20 percent of the world's blind population and the largest number of blind children in any one country. The divide between the rich and poor continues to increase, leaving a significant portion of the population without access to basic healthcare services — most of whom live either in rural India or in urban slums.I

Read more


Nepal’s diverse terrain – ranging from hot and humid in the south to the snow clad Himalayas in the north – has exacerbated the unequal distribution of infrastructure, equipment, and human resources in eye health. As a result, much of the population is left without adequate access to quality eye care services.

Read more


There are 400,000 adults and 23,000 children in Vietnam who are blind. While blindness in Vietnam has decreased over the last decade, the country continues to struggle with providing eye care, especially in rural areas. Quality of care, training and human resources still remain problematic, and overall awareness of how to prevent blindness is low.

Read more


In Mongolia, access to high quality, affordable eye care services is limited in both urban and rural areas. Lack of equipment, training and infrastructure are major barriers to adequate care and there is no comprehensive framework to treat children’s eye disease.

Read more

Latin America and the Caribbean


In Peru, more than three-quarters of a million people are visually impaired and another 115,000 are blind. There is a critical need for high quality eye care services to tackle the leading causes of eye disease in the region, including retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) in premature babies and diabetic retinopathy (DR).

Read more


Bolivia has one of the highest rates of blindness and visual impairment in South America with more than 230,000 people affected. With only 470 ophthalmologists serving 11.5 million people, Bolivia lacks the resources - as well as the necessary infrastructure, equipment and technology - to provide high quality eye health services.

Read more


We began working in Chile, where there are more than 57,000 people living with blindness and 470,000 people with vision impairment, in the fall of 2018. Simulation is a large part of our strategy both to help reach more people, and more importantly, improve patient safety.

Read more


In Guyana, around 14,000 people are visually impaired and almost 3,000 people are blind. Strengthening Diabetic Retinopathy eye care services is a major area of focus with diabetes affecting an estimated 15.1% of the country’s total population.

Read more

Fundraising Offices

Orbis International

Orbis International New York Headquarters

Orbis EMEA

The Orbis EMEA fundraising office in London

Orbis Ireland

The Orbis Ireland fundraising office

Orbis Canada

The Orbis Canada fundraising office

Orbis Hong Kong

The Orbis Hong Kong fundraising office

Orbis Macau

The Orbis Macau fundraising office

Orbis China

The Orbis China office

Orbis Singapore

The Orbis Singapore fundraising office

Close the modal
Sorry there was an error.
Try again