In November 2022, the Orbis Ireland team returned to Ethiopia to monitor the developments within the Orbis project. Ethiopia is at the heart of Orbis’s goal to end avoidable blindness.
Since 1998 we have partnered with the most impactful and dedicated local organisations and individuals to save the sight of children and adults nationwide.
In the area we visited, Orbis is working to prevent and treat avoidable blindness by investing in the rural eye health care systems and integrating eye care into the broader health system.
Orbis is well known in Ethiopia due to its eye care activities.
During our visit, we met several people eager to tell us about the treatment they received or their loved one and how it changed their lives.
We visited a community water supply provided by Orbis and its WASH partner. This water supply now serves a community of 2,000 people. A community representative in the village is assigned to monitor the pump and ensure it is maintained. There is a charge of 1 ETB (less than 2 cents) for every 20L of water. We also visited some households piloting a WASH scheme, including installing running water and latrines in their homes
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