October 26, 2012

Through the ORBIS Lens: ORBIS in Zambia

“Through the ORBIS Lens” is a collection of photos showcasing the issues surrounding global eye health. Each week ORBIS will share our best photographs highlighting our efforts to eliminate avoidable blindness around the world. 

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Children smiling for the camera in Kitwe, Zambia at an ORBIS Hospital Based Program at the Kitwe Central Eye Hospital in 2011. 

Learn more about ORBIS's work in Zambia by going here: http://bit.ly/THwezf

Photo: Yazeed Kamaldien

January 07, 2009

ORBIS Volunteer Pilot is "Best of America"

For over 25 years, ORBIS has been striving to eliminate avoidable blindness in the developing world where 90% of the world’s blind live. With the help of hundreds of dedicated volunteer doctors, nurses and pilots, each year ORBIS steadily moves closer to achieving its vision of a world where no one is needlessly blind.

ORBIS volunteer pilots play an important role in delivering sight worldwide as they make it possible for ORBIS to relocate the Flying Eye Hospital—the world’s only airborne ophthalmic training facility—to airports throughout the developing world.

One such volunteer is Jim Bevier. A retired FedEx pilot based in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, Jim has helped train volunteer ORBIS pilots since 2001 and began flying the ORBIS DC-10 in 2004. He has piloted the Flying Eye Hospital to more than 20 programs around the world—from the Philippines to Peru.

Jim’s sincere dedication to help ORBIS carry out its mission has earned him a feature in the January 2009 issue of Reader’s Digest magazine. Read more about Jim, one of ORBIS’s many stellar volunteers, here.

FedEx pilot Jim Bevier at first Flying Eye Hospital program in Vietnam
Jim Bevier at the first Flying Eye Hospital program in Vietnam

September 09, 2008

Where in the world is the Flying Eye Hospital?

According to the ORBIS DC-10 itinerary, the Flying Eye Hospital finished its last scheduled program of the year on September 5th in Harbin, China.  If you’ve been keeping track of the aircraft’s whereabouts though, you may have recently seen a few photos of the plane in Dubai. 

That’s because ORBIS is joining with Noor Dubai—a new blindness prevention initiative launched on September 3 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and ruler of Dubai—to help the World Health Organization and International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness achieve the goals outlined in VISION 2020: The Right to Sight.

Noor Dubai aims to offer eye health services to one million individuals in the nations of Iraq, Afghanistan, Mali, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Jordan and Palestine as well as the UAE.

As ORBIS has worked in many of the nations Noor Dubai aims to reach and is renowned for its global blindness prevention projects, this is a truly complementary partnership. Find out more from The National here.

June 17, 2008

Introducing ORBIS Blogs!

In the coming months expect to find a fantastic assortment of video, photographs and first-person accounts of the various projects and events happening in the world of ORBIS.

Stay tuned for adventures in saving sight worldwide!

June 16, 2008

About ORBIS International

ORBIS is a nonprofit, global development organization whose mission is to eliminate avoidable blindness by strengthening the capacity of local eye health partners in their efforts to prevent and treat blindness. Through the principles of capacity building, local partners gain self-sufficiency in eye health care, and residents enjoy quality eye health services that are affordable, accessible and sustainable.