Orbis secures USD $2 Million funding from the David and Molly Pyott Foundation to strengthen eye health in Zambia

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

The David and Molly Pyott Foundation will invest USD $ 2 million over a period of 3 years (2019- 2021) to further support Orbis’s work in Zambia to strengthen eye health capacity and care in Lusaka. Orbis has been partnering with the Ministry of Health in Zambia for the past 9 years, implementing programmes in…

ECSA-HC Expert Committee on Eye Health

Regional Programme Coordinator
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

The East, Central and Southern African Health Community (ECSA-HC) is an inter-governmental health organization that fosters and promotes regional cooperation in health among member states. Member states of the ECSA HC are Eswatini, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The ECSA-HC, with support of College of Ophthalmologists of East Central and Southern…

Bringing eye care to hard-to-reach people

Former Project Director CATCH programme
Organisation: Sightsavers

Since 2015 the UK aid funded CATCH programme (Coordinated Approach to Community Healthy eyes) has transformed access to eye health services across remote areas in Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda and Zambia. Initially CATCH “piggybacked” trachoma programmes, using trachoma surgery camps to identify people with other eye conditions and provide treatment. The most common condition found…

Leaving an impact: Screening in schools for the visually impaired

Childhood Blindness and Low vision Coordinator
Organisation: Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO)

On World/Universal Children’s Day, Elizabeth Kishiki, Kilimanjaro Centre For Community Ophthalmology and the work they are doing by screening in schools for the visually impaired. “I can see better now; I can move freely in the school compound and am now able to help my fellow pupils who are totally blind, find their way within…

Bringing eye health to the Isoka district, Zambia

Project Officer, Seeing is Believing
Organisation: IAPB

George Sichamba lives in Kalungu village in the Isoka district of the Muchinga province in Zambia. George explained that before he lost his sight everything was going well for him; “Before I lost my sight I had a very nice family. We lived together with no problems”. However, when he discovered that his sight was…

Focus On: L’OCCITANE Foundation

General Delegate
Organisation: L'OCCITANE Foundation

For Africa Day, Charlotte Bonnet , General Delegate and Kady Traoré, Project Manager, Burkina Faso, L’OCCITANE Foundation write about the work they are doing in Africa. The L’OCCITANE Foundation was created in 2006 by the L’OCCITANE Company to give further impact to its commitments after 30 years of support to charity projects. L’OCCITANE is a…

Africa Day: Bringing sight to Africa

Director of Communications & Fundraising
Organisation: Orbis Africa

For Africa Day, Helen White, Director of Communications and Fundraising, Orbis Africa writes about Ophthalmic Nurse Duncan Chimbila and how he is contributing to their efforts in Zambia, and the larger work that needs to be done in Africa to reduce the burden of avoidable blindness. 25 May 2017, Africa Day, marks the celebration of a…

Let’s provide SAFE water

Global Director, Programmes
Organisation: OEU

On the occasion of World Water Day, Kashinath Bhoosnurmath, Alice Mwangi and Patson Tembo from Operation Eyesight Universal highlight the importance of clean water for the prevention of avoidable blindness. Sinazongwe district, Zambia notched a prevalence of blinding trachoma of 14.3%, according to a survey conducted by the Ministry of Health in 2007 (The WHO…