Orbis Ireland

Orbis' mission is to preserve and restore sight by strengthening the capacity of local partners in their efforts to prevent and treat blindness with the vision that this will lead to a world in which no one is needlessly blind, where quality eye care, education, and treatment are available to every human being.
Oct 8, 2014

World Sight Day 2014

World Sight Day 2014
World Sight Day 2014

This World Sight Day we ask you to share our story about Daniel from Ethiopia. A young boy of 13 who, thanks to your support, was able to return to school and receive the education that every child deserves.  

For three years Daniel had been suffering with pain in his eyes. Daniel’s Dad took him to the local Orbis-supported health centre. He was examined and diagnosed with the latter stages of trachoma, where the eyelids turn inwards and the lashes scratch the eyeball, resulting in pain, discomfort and often permanent blindness.

Initially Daniel resisted treatment as he was scared and so his situation got worse, forcing him to drop out of school.

With the persuasion of an Orbis-trained community health worker he finally agreed to undergo surgery. His surgery was a success and immediately his thoughts turned to going back to school. He says: “I got my vision back, along with my hope.”

For many of us eye care is a given, but for so many it is sadly out of reach.

By donating just €6 you will allow Orbis to perform more surgeries on more children just like Daniel. You can also support our work by sharing Daniel's story on Facebook, Twitter or by Email.

Aug 14, 2014

Water: Helping to eliminate trachoma in Dokotu

Azeb Wondimmagage
Azeb Wondimmagage

Azeb Wondimmagage is a government Health Extension Worker based in the rural village of Dokuto. As part of her role she visits houses to advise on hygiene and sanitation issues as well as maternal health, and vaccinations. She understands better than anyone that being blind in a rural village like Dokotu is a hard life. As a farming village, blindness from trachoma is not only painful but it also leaves sufferers without their livelihood. They have to be lead by a member of their family and need help with basic everyday tasks like washing, fetching water and cooking.

 

Azeb’s personal mission is to improve sanitation through hand and face washing in Dokuto and this is what motivates her. The main challenge to her work is the shortage of water which makes improving sanitation difficult. It is a two hour round trip to get clean water in this area. The area that Azeb covers includes a population of 1,330 people. She has been stationed in Dokotu so she lives there, works there and distributes medicine from her health post there. Over her three years in Dokotu, she has seen an improvement in the understanding of better health and hygiene.

 

For Azeb, the impact of working in hygiene education is beyond trachoma control and is directly related to the quality of life of the community. Major childhood killer diseases are related to poor hygiene and sanitation often resulting from a scarcity of water. Through teacher training and establishing eye care clubs in schools, it is possible to access communities to bring long term behavioral changes and greater impacts at community level. Access to clean water is central to these developments. With your support we can continue to work towards completely transforming this region so the next generation can grow up free from the threat of blindness. 

Jul 1, 2014

Local Orbis Worker Making a Difference in Konso

Tadesse Data
Tadesse Data

Orbis' work would not have the powerful impact on improving environmental hygiene without the team of dedicated staff who work within the project communities daily. Tadesse Data manages the Orbis project in Konso, a village located 90km from Arbaminch with a population of 257,000. He works in collaboration with the Konso health office to plan, implement and follow-up the construction of latrines until they are ready for use by the local communities Construction of communal latrines starting from site selection up to the completion of the construction can take 2 to 4 months, during which time Tadesse's commitment is fundamental to the success of the project.

The average number of households using the communal latrine is about 80 which is approximately 480 individuals. This improved sanitation has had long-term significant benefits for the community and the active involvement of communities is central for the project to have a lasting impact. The construction of such latrines demonstrates to the local communities that the use of such facilities could reduce the disease transmission and maintain a clean and healthy environment. Once communities understand the value and benefit of latrine use, they can then construct their own latrine from cheap local materials. Dedicated and experienced staff members like Tadesse encourage the local community to embrace the changes that these latrines bring. In this way your generous donation can reach it's maximum potential.

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