About Campaign

ends 16 Mar 2019, 11:59 PM
Over the past year, more than 700,000 Rohingya Myanmar nationals were forced to leave their homes and flee to Bangladesh to escape violence against them (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Aug 2018).

As the Rohingya are not considered citizens of Myanmar, many do not have access to healthcare, including eye care services.

When Orbis and our partners visited the refugee camps in Cox's Bazaar and conducted a preliminary screening, we found that 21% of them were blind from cataracts.

Qatar Fund for Development asked Orbis to devise a program to help those struggling with vision loss within the camps as part of Qatar Creating Vision.

Living without their eyesight, especially during this crisis, leaves the Rohingya vulnerable.

It is hard to imagine the journey they took to reach this safe site, and even harder when they have to do it with blurry or no vision.

With clear vision, they will be able to gain independence and will be undoubtedly useful if they ever need to make any more crossings.

You can help the Rohingya see hope and beauty during this crisis.

Help us provide surgery, antibiotics and spectacles; train community health workers to deliver eye care services; and partner with local hospitals to build the skills and knowledge they need to save sight in their communities and serve the local population in the future.

Donate today. Thank you.

About the Charity

253 million people in the world are visually impaired. But 3 out of 4 of them - millions - are needlessly blind, just because they can't get the eye care that so many of us take for granted in Singapore. Orbis is an international non-profit organisation that transforms lives through the prevention and treatment of blindness. With our network of partners, we mentor, train and inspire local teams so they can save sight in their communities. We focus on training, capacity building and partnership because we know these are some of the best and most sustainable ways to help improve eye care services. By helping countries build the know-how, systems and support they need to deliver eye care to their people on their own, we work together as one to ensure no one loses their sight to a preventable or treatable disease.

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