Lene Øverland

ORBIS highlights the impact of Lene Øverland's entrepeneurial skills on its programmes in Africa

Though a relatively new face to Eye Health, Lene is not new to public health and the broader development agenda. Her ability to network and seek win-win partnerships with others, has firmly established ORBIS as a key player across Africa. The ease with which she is able to reach beyond the traditional eye health fraternity has for the first time in Africa, re-introduced Child Eye Health not just as a matter for public health concern, but also as a human right issue. Similarly, with others within ORBIS, she is working to enhance the ORBIS Flying Hospital's already laudable mission as an effective tool for Human Resource development for eye health and for the comprehensive professional development of the entire eye care team in SSA: subspecialists, general ophthalmologists, equipment technicians, anaesthesiologists, etc.

ORBIS has benefited from her entrepreneurial skills with many programme plans now including innovative elements such as public health message videos, which have in-turn opened up new avenues for resource mobilisation.

We at ORBIS have little doubt that Lene will fulfil her potential within the blindness prevention arena.

Dr Daniel Etya’ale says of Lene’s work:

“We in Africa celebrate this recognition as truly one of ours, because of the way Lene’s strategic decisions and leadership have laid the ground for work that will impact eye health far beyond ORBIS' immediate reach, and for many years to come, which is what every intelligent NGDO should do, given the magnitude of what still needs to be done. For having established herself within such a short period as one of Africa's strongest advocates in eye health, we salute and share in the joy of Lene and her team being officially recognised through this award".