Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines

Project Orbis International, Inc.

Changing the Way the World Sees

aka Orbis

New York, NY

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.

Ruling Year

1973

President and CEO

Bob Ranck

Main Address

520 Eighth Avenue 12th Floor

New York, NY 10018 USA

Keywords

blindness prevention, vision, eye care, avoidable blindness, women and girls, capacity building, international development, training, skills transfer

EIN

23-7297651

 Number

1707897822

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Eye Diseases, Blindness and Vision Impairments (G41)

Public Health Program (E70)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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

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Flying Eye Hospital

Cybersight

In-Country Programs

Volunteer Faculty

Where we work

Charting Impact

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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.

Orbis was founded by a team of innovators who brought aviation and medicine together to pass on their skills and knowledge to communities around the world. As global blindness is expected to triple in the next 30 years, our new global strategic plan will build on our history of excellence, to help us change the way the world sees through innovation, clinical training, and overcoming barriers. We will expand the fight against blinding trachoma. We will improve access for women and children. We will leverage technology to reach more people than ever before. Guided by our goals, by the end of 2021, we will have: --Expanded our programmatic impact. We will deepen our impact and develop a clear and shareable model for others to follow. --Grown and diversified revenue. We will expand our capacity to raise revenue and deepen our partnerships with current donors. --Gained recognition as a global brand. We will use our network of staff, volunteers, thought leaders, experts and partners to maximize the impact of the eye health community --Strengthened internal systems. We will build the tools and resources needed to continue to strengthen our foundation. Orbis’s organizational-wide goals for the 2019-2021 Global Strategic Plan align with our Mission and Vision and will lead us to grow and become a more efficient organization. Together, we will change the way the world sees.

In 2017 alone, the following was achieved at our partner institutions and on the Flying Eye Hospital: Over 62,000 (62,381) trainings were completed by doctors, nurses and other eye care workers. This is a 55% increase from 2016. --Over 4,000 (4,453) were completed by doctors. This is a 143% increase from 2016. --Over 55,000 (57,928) were completed by nurses and other eye care workers. This is a 51% increase from 2016. Over 5 million (5,044,198) eye screenings and examinations were conducted. This is a 43% increase from 2016. --Over 4 million (4,000,023) were on children. This is a 47% increase from 2016. --Over 1 million (1,044,175) were on adults. This is a 28% increase from 2016. Over 96,000 (96,398) eye surgeries/laser treatments were performed. This is a 17% increase from 2016. --Over 24,000 (24,195) were on children. This is a 26% increase from 2016. --Over 70,000 (72,203) were on adults. This is a 14% increase from 2016. Over 8.7 million (8,776,120) medical/optical treatments were delivered. This is a 20% increase from 2016. --Over 2 million (2,729,798) were on children. Over the past five years, i.e. 2013-2017, the following was achieved at our partner institutions and on the Flying Eye Hospital: Over 174,000 (174,952) trainings were completed by doctors, nurses and other eye care workers. --Over 11,000 (11,927) trainings were completed by doctors. --Over 163,000 (163,025) were completed by nurses and other professionals. Over 15.7 million (15,785,552) eye screenings and examinations were conducted. --Over 11 million (11,012,379) were on children. --Over 4.7 million (4,773,173) were on adults. Over 386,000 (386,752) eye surgeries/lasers were performed. --Over 111,000 (111,667) were on children. --Over 275,000 (275,085) were on adults. Over 28.6 million (28,637,183) medical/optical treatments were completed. --Over 14.2 million (14,289,361) were on children (50%). --Over 14.3 million (14,347,822) were on adults (50%).

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Affiliations & Memberships

Independent Charities of America 1992

Financials

Project Orbis International, Inc.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No