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Short description of the organization and its work to control and eliminate NTDs

ORBIS works with its local partners to establish comprehensive, affordable and sustainable eye care in developing countries. ORBIS provides training opportunities through its Flying Eye Hospital, hospital-based programs and fellowships, and Cyber-Sight® - a unique telemedicine program offering online consultation and education. ORBIS, through its Ethiopia office, is rolling out the WHO “SAFE" strategy, which aspires to eliminate trachoma by 2020. ORBIS is implementing SAFE in the following ways:

  • Training primary health care workers to perform corrective trichiasis surgery.
  • Working with the pharmaceutical company Pfizer to facilitate distribution of Zithromax, the trachoma-fighting antibiotic Pfizer has donated through the International Trachoma Initiative.
  • Training local community health workers to take on the role of administering and distributing Zithromax so that primary health care workers can concentrate on trichiasis surgery.
  • Building awareness within local women’s groups that environmental improvements can reduce the risk of trachoma.
  • Conducting a four-year research study in Ethiopia to assess the appropriate frequency of mass antibiotic distributions in hyper-endemic trachoma areas.

Since 1999 ORBIS distributed over 11 million doses of Zithromax and carried out over 112,000 trichiasis operations in Ethiopia.

Program Name

ORBIS - Eliminating Blinding Trachoma Program in Southern Ethiopia/North West Zambia