100&Change: 2020

Vision 4 Africa: Joining Forces to Tackle the Blindness Crisis

Four leading global eye health organizations are joining forces to scale up eye health across Africa, to improve access, strengthen services and reduce avoidable blindness.

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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
100&Change: 2020
Current Work Location
  • Southern Province, Sierra Leone
  • Southern Region, Malawi
  • Western Region, Uganda
  • Migori, Kenya
  • Amhara Region, Ethiopia
Proposed Work Locations:
  • Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region, Ethiopia
  • Northern Province, Sierra Leone
  • Northern Region, Uganda
  • Southern Region, Malawi
  • Turkana, Kenya
Priority Populations:
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • People with disabilities
  • People with diseases and illnesses
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 1. No poverty
  • 3. Good health and well-being
  • 4. Quality education
  • 5. Gender equality
  • 10. Reduced inequalities

Executive Summary:

Across sub-Saharan Africa, an estimated 20 million people are blind or visually impaired. However, 75% do not need to be. The impact is devastating – stigmatizing blind individuals and affecting quality of life and ability to learn and earn. Blindness and visual impairment are projected to triple by 2050 due to growing and aging populations, however proven, cost-effective solutions exist. The time is now to address this emerging global vision crisis – especially in Africa, where an urgent need exists to increase availability and access to key eye health services, particularly among marginalized populations. Four leading global eye health organizations are working together to scale up eye health across Africa. Our solution will improve sight for over 650,000 people, immediately returning their independence and improving quality of life. And it will build national health systems capable of delivering sustainable eye health solutions to an additional 100 million people in need.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Project Orbis International, Inc.

website: https://www.orbis.org/en
Organization Headquarters
New York County, New York, United States
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
$200 to $499 Million
Number of Full-time Employees
300 to 499

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