“Did you know that there are over 30 million blind people that could have their vision restored if they had access to this simple operation”
The good news and the bad news is that blindness is often preventable and treatable.
It is good news because something can be done to save sight and change people's lives, but it's bad news because many people in Africa are needlessly living without sight.
This is what international NGO Orbis Africa aims to change.
Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest prevalence of blindness and visual impairment in the world, and with the skills and equipment found at even the most basic Western hospital, 75% of all eye conditions in the region could be cured.
The goal of Orbis Africa's work is to make sure people in impoverished communities are exercising their right to quality eye healthcare.
That is why they take a systemic approach and target eye health systems at all levels (primary, secondary and tertiary).
Orbis Africa works closely with partners who are at the coalface of training and health services so that their capacity is improved: If we can strengthen training, infrastructure and resources, they can do what needs to be done for thousands of people.
And, through advocacy, Orbis Africa brings others - from politicians to NGOs to ministries of health - on board to share the same vision and put practical policies in place.
Giving vision to someone who has been partially sighted or has never had vision, has a life-changing impact on the family, the community and, ultimately the economy of a country.
In 2016, Orbis Africa trained 925 medical personnel in the region, 93 000 medical and optical treatments were conducted by our partners, and 148 000 patients visited services in the same year.
Apple Doctor is a proud supporter of Orbis Africa! For every repair completed, Apple Doctor makes a donation to Orbis Africa.
Should you wish to further contribute, feel free to donate - https://orbisafrica.co.za/donate/