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ORBIS International is a nonprofit, global development organization whose mission is to eliminate avoidable blindness in developing countries by strengthening the capacity of our local eye health partners to prevent and treat avoidable blindness.
Dedicated to saving sight worldwide ORBIS International provides the tools, training and technology necessary for local partners to assess their needs and develop workable and lasting solutions to the tragedy of unnecessary blindness. By building their long-term capabilities, ORBIS helps its partner institutions take action--to reach a state where they can provide, on their own, quality eye care services that are affordable, accessible and sustainable.
Since 1982, ORBIS programs have benefited people in 86 countries, enhancing the skills of more than 195,000 health care personnel and providing eye care treatment for more than 6.8 million people. At the same time, ORBIS has been building up the local capacity of eye care institutions through comprehensive long-term development programs tailored to the specific needs of ORBIS-sponsored partners in developing countries. In addition to clinical training in local hospitals and aboard the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital - a DC-10 aircraft converted into an innovative teaching facility - this also includes technical assistance in effective disease control, monitoring and evaluation, human resource and organizational development, infrastructure and technology and community partnership.
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