About Campaign

ends 29 Aug 2019, 11:59 PM
In February this year, I visited some of our program partners in Bangladesh.

I especially like this partnership project with BRAC - a vision centre in Nandail, Bangladesh that is staffed entirely with women.

The centre serves the rural community and is supported by a larger hospital, Dr K Zaman BNSB Hospital in the nearest city Mymensingh.

Orbis supports the training of female ophthalmic personnel in this vision centre, and female teachers and community health workers who do door-to-door promotion and checks.

This female-staffed centre provides a safe and comforting space for rural women to have their eyes checked and treated. In rural Bangladesh, it may be hard for women to travel long distances to the cities due to cultural norms.

This vision centre - and others like this - reduces barriers to women receiving eye care due to cultural norms, long travelling hours and high costs so that more women in Bangladesh can receive eye care.

But most importantly, we are giving women in rural Bangladesh skills and training, a meaningful and stable job, increased confidence and financial independence.

So thank you for supporting this campaign, for saying yes to women development and women empowerment.

Love and thanks,
Jasmine from Orbis

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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