At the Orbis Visionaries reception at the Gherkin in London, Orbis International celebrated Orbis’ incredible work fighting avoidable blindness all over the world. Orbis advocates, educates, treats & trains. Over 51,000 eye care professionals have been trained & over 3.6 million eyes have been examined.
Guests included Orbis executives, volunteers, supporters & HRH The Duchess of Edinburgh in her role as the Global Ambassador for The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. She’s visited Orbis programmes in low- & middle-income countries to see first-hand the devastating impact of avoidable blindness on people’s lives. Read more here.
On show were a virtual reality surgery training simulator, artificial intelligence to diagnose eye conditions & women led Green Vision Centres, which tackle gender related barriers to seeking eye care.
Progress has been made in tackling global vision loss, but the event also focused on the priorities ahead for ending avoidable blindness which impacts livelihoods, educations & quality of life. Reducing avoidable blindness is vital to achieve of the WHO’s Sustainable Development Goals.
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