Project Orbis International, Inc.

Changing the Way the World Sees

aka Orbis   |   New York, NY   |  www.orbis.org

Mission

Orbis is a leading global non-governmental organization that has worked to transform lives through the prevention and treatment of blindness for over 35 years. With our network of partners, we mentor, train and inspire local teams so they can save sight in their communities. Alongside those partners, Orbis provides hands-on ophthalmology training, strengthens healthcare infrastructure and advocates for the prioritization of eye health on public health agendas. Orbis operates the world's only Flying Eye Hospital, a fully accredited ophthalmic teaching hospital on board an MD-10 aircraft.

Notes from the nonprofit

RE: Board Leadership Practices number 2: Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year? The Orbis Board conducts a formal, written assessment of the chief executive officer on an annual basis, which is generally reviewed during our 3Q Board Meeting. 2020 was a rare exception due to our outgoing CEO announcing retirement in January and his permanent replacement not starting until September.

Ruling year info

1973

President and CEO

Mr. Derek Hodkey

Main address

520 Eighth Avenue 12th Floor

New York, NY 10018 USA

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EIN

23-7297651

NTEE code info

Eye Diseases, Blindness and Vision Impairments (G41)

Public Health Program (E70)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Hundreds of millions of people around the world are blind or visually impaired. And most don’t have to be. An astonishing 75% of these cases could be treated – or even altogether prevented. Orbis is a leading global non-governmental organization that has worked to transform lives through the prevention and treatment of blindness for over 35 years. With their network of partners, they mentor, train and inspire local teams so they can save sight in their communities. Alongside those partners, Orbis provides hands-on ophthalmology training, strengthens healthcare infrastructure and advocates for the prioritization of eye health on public health agendas. Orbis operates the world's only Flying Eye Hospital, a fully accredited ophthalmic teaching hospital on board an MD-10 aircraft.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Flying Eye Hospital

The world’s only ophthalmic teaching hospital on board an MD-10 aircraft, bringing world-class training and much needed attention to eye health in communities around the globe.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our award-winning telemedicine platform which enables our expert volunteers to teach and support eye care teams around the world using the latest advancements in internet and mobile technologies.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The bedrock of the fight against avoidable blindness, we strengthen and improve eye health systems through partnerships, to create strong eye health systems so that in time they can prevent avoidable blindness on their own or with little intervention.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We are proud to facilitate a community of over 400 world leading medical volunteers across 30 countries who lead our training endeavours around the world. Our volunteers herald from top universities and hospitals around the world and are expert trainers, providing both hands-on skills exchange and ongoing mentorship online.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Independent Charities of America 1992

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

100% geographical coverage with SAFE implementation in trachoma endemic districts in SNNPRS

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, People with vision impairments, Low-income people

Related Program

In-Country Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

An aggregate of 3 KPIs, based around the % of endemic areas in SNNPRS that have: 1) Delivered TT surgery 2) Mass Drug Administration of Zithromax 3) Facewashing & Environmental Improvements

Gender disaggregated data collection showing outputs in service delivery appropriate to burden

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Older adults, Seniors, Young adults, People with vision impairments, Low-income people

Related Program

In-Country Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Based on KPI of % of TT surgeries performed on females

Trainees achieve international standards measured through internationally recognized competency rubrics, through systemized, real time, quality feedback of participants in Orbis training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with vision impairments, Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Based on KPI of % of courses that are completed.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

How Orbis will Change the Way the World Sees: 2019 - 2021

We will invest in strengthening both what we’re best at, and what’s important in a changing world – Clinical Training, Technology and Innovation – so that we can fight more blindness in more communities. Orbis mentors, trains and inspires local teams to create sustainable solutions. With the burden of global blindness growing, and population growth outpacing the growth of ophthalmic care over time, it’s critical that we ensure that every member of the eye care team has the most appropriate skills and technologies to prevent or treat blindness in their communities. All patients should have access to eye care, to referral networks or to telemedicine connections to help them secure diagnosis and treatment. We will leverage our investment of resources to make specific contributions in the eye health and international development worlds.

We bring people together in the fight against avoidable blindness

We help countries build the skills, knowledge and resources they need to prevent blindness and provide the highest quality eye care possible for all their people.

We train doctors, nurses and medical technicians so that they can save and restore sight. (We train the entire eye care team from health care workers to eye surgeons so that they can work together in a cohesive unit)

We strengthen and improve eye health systems by partnering with local hospitals, public health agencies and fellow NGOs, (we help our partners find sustainable solutions to their nation’s immediate needs and build capacity for the future.)

We advocate to make fighting blindness a priority (working at local, national and international levels to demonstrate the economic and social benefits of a strong, effective eye health system)

We’re creating a permanent, united eye care community: through our telemedicine platform Cybersight, the Flying Eye Hospital, our Volunteer Faculty (expert medical volunteers) and our partners in local countries we are eliminating geographical distances bringing the world’s ophthalmic professionals together to fight blindness and provide quality eye care for all.

We integrate our tools into our work around the world to develop country-specific programs to fight blindness locally:

--Flying Eye Hospital: the world’s only ophthalmic teaching hospital on board an MD-10 aircraft, bringing world-class training and much needed attention to eye health in communities around the globe.

--Cybersight: our award-winning telemedicine platform which enables our expert volunteers to teach and support eye care teams around the world using the latest advancements in internet and mobile technologies.

--Volunteer Faculty: we are proud to facilitate a community of over 400 world leading medical volunteers across 30 countries who lead our training endeavors around the world. Our volunteers herald from top universities and hospitals around the world and are expert trainers, providing both hands-on skills exchange and ongoing mentorship online.

--In-Country Programs: the bedrock of the fight against avoidable blindness, we strengthen and improve eye health systems through partnerships, to create strong eye health systems so that in time they can prevent avoidable blindness on their own or with little intervention.

In 2019 alone, the following was achieved at our partner institutions and on the Flying Eye Hospital:

66,006 trainings were completed by doctors, nurses and other eye care workers.
- 1,169 were completed by doctors
- 64,837 were completed by nurses, other eye care professionals and community health care workers

Over 2.67 million eye screenings and examinations were conducted, or which 1.54 million were for children.

Over 58,000 eye surgeries/laser treatments were performed and over 183,000 eye glasses prescribed.

Over 13.4 million doses of Zithromax/tetracycline were distributed to treat blinding trachoma

In 2021 we will focus on delivering the 3rd and final year of our 2019-2021 strategic plan

Financials

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Project Orbis International, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 3/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Kevin McAllister

Diana Wheeler

FlightSafety International

John Howitt

Clifford Chance US LLP

James Parker

FedEx Express

Peter Allen

Stellar Capital Corp

James Forbes

UBS

Patricia Moller

Moller Global Advisory, LLC

Adrian Paull

Honeywell Aerospace

Dato' Kulasegaran Sabaratnam

Asean Association of Eye Hospitals

Charles Vyvyan

Vertical Research Partners

Kevin McAllister

Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Sharon Dogonniuck

Ernst & Young, LLP

Pravin Dugel

Retinal Consultants of Arizona

David Friedman

JHU

David Gitlin

Collins Aerospace

Gregory Hall

FedEx Express

Gil Kliman

InterWest Partners

Ram Palanki

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Derek Hodkey

Orbis International

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes