ORBIS PROGRAMMES ARE EXPANDING THANKS TO NEW FUNDING FROM QATAR FUND FOR DEVELOPMENT

Qatar Fund for Development announced at the Doha Forum that our joint eye health initiative Qatar Creating Vision, will expand across Africa and Asia in 2020.

Qatar Creating Vision, which began in 2016, has provided 5.9 million eye tests to children across India and Bangladesh, where approximately 473,000 children are blind.

In 2018, the initiative was extended to help those struggling with vision loss within the Rohingya and local host community in South East Bangladesh. Demand for services has been incredibly high and in just under two years, we’ve delivered over 150,000 eye tests, treatments and surgeries thanks to their support.

This new phase of programmes will tackle avoidable blindness in more countries across Asia and will also now improve eye health services in Africa.

The generosity of the Qatar Fund for Development and the Qatari people has helped us to deliver sight saving treatments to those who need it most. We know that a significant proportion of blindness is avoidable, yet many services may be too far away to reach or simply too expensive. Through initiatives such as Qatar Creating Vision, we can bring eye care services closer to home.

Rebecca Cronin

CEO, Orbis UK

This expansion comes from the commitment of QFFD to provide access to health services for children and adults around the world, and QCV provides a platform for NGO’s, corporate sector and the community to get involved and help the initiative provide children with a better future. We hope that by treating those children we don’t only help them see better, but that we can help them learn better in schools and have a better life quality.

His Excellency, Khalifa bin Jassem Al-Kuwari

Director General of QFFD