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Actor Djimon Hounsou named Orbis Africa Continental Ambassador

Two-time Academy Award-nominated actor Djimon Hounsou was named Africa’s Continental Ambassador, by international not-for-profit organization Orbis, on June 4. The announcement was made during the launch of Orbis’s next generation Flying Eye Hospital, the world’s only ophthalmic teaching hospital on board an MD-10 aircraft, donated by FedEx.  Read More »

Zuma, Hollande to chair new UN commission

South African President Jacob Zuma and his French counterpart Francois Hollande will head a new UN “High Level Commission on Health, Employment and Economic Growth”. Zuma and Hollande were appointed by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.  Read More »

Six figure cash injection strengthens Eye Healthcare in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa is one step closer to eliminating avoidable vision loss in children living in the province. Orbis Africa received R1million plus from the Japanese Embassy to South Africa to purchase specialised eye health equipment.  Read More »

Spectacles in the spotlight on World Sight Day

October 8th is World Sight Day and with this year’s theme of ‘Eye Care for All’, South African non-profit organisation Orbis Africa is shedding light on the negative stigma surrounding wearing spectacles in developing countries across Sub-Saharan Africa. Read More »

Eye health documentaries launched on World Sight Day to combat blindness in Zambia

On 8 October 2015, World Sight Day, Orbis Africa launched Zambia’s first documentary films on eye health as its latest innovative tool to reduce preventable and treatable blindness and visual impairment on the continent. Read More »

Orbis first programme partner for IAPB’s 10th General Assembly

IAPB’s 10th General Assembly (10GA) is the premier global event discussing public health issues related to blindness and visual impairment. Catering to every eye health professional – ophthalmologists, optometrists, other eye health professionals, development and public health experts, key opinion leaders, procurement specialists, CEOs, eye care equipment manufacturers – 10GA will be the biggest event in the eye health calendar in 2016.  Read More »

Future Leaders in Eye Health lauded in Kenya

The eye health fraternity in Africa paid homage to the winner of the coveted Future Leader in Eye Health Research Award at the 2015 Annual Scientific Congress in Naivasha Kenya on 27 August 2015. Read More »

Former President Ambassador for eye health in Sub Saharan Africa

As World Sight Month draws to a close eye health leaders celebrated the appointment of the new ICO (International Council of Ophthalmology) Ambassador for VISION 2020: Sub Saharan Africa.  Read More »

Africa’s first eye health documentary launched on World Sight Day

On 9 October 2014, World Sight Day, non-profit organisation Orbis Africa launched Africa’s first documentary film on eye health as its latest innovative tool to reduce preventable and treatable blindness and visual impairment on the continent. Read More »

Research findings impact on childhood blindness in Africa

A research paper by acclaimed University of Cape Town anthropologist, Dr Susan Levine, is set to change the face of the prevention and treatment models for avoidable childhood blindness on the African continent. The research study is the first of its kind in Africa and its release well-timed as October is World Sight month. Read More »

Poverty and Eye Health Review Published

August 6, 2014 - In partnership with the Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI) and African Vision Research Institute (AVRI) Orbis has published the Poverty and Eye Health literature review in the latest issue of Health (Vol.6 No.14 2014) a publication of Scientific Research Publishing, one of the largest open access journal publishers.  Read More »

The Flying Eye Hospital to spread its wings in Sub-Saharan Africa

Orbis Africa and the Africa Regional Office of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) have created a partnership to help strengthen the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital's contribution towards improving Human Resources for Eye Health in Africa Read More »

Strengthening Human Resources for Eye Health in Africa

Orbis Africa and COECSA have created a partnership in collaboration with IAPB Africa to effectively roll out Human Resources for Eye Health strengthening in the East, Central and Southern Africa region through the Human Resources for Eye Health Strengthening Initiative. Read More »