Project Orbis International, Inc.

Changing the Way the World Sees

aka Orbis International   |   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)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

At Orbis, we believe that no one should live a life of blindness simply because of where they were born. - 1.1 billion people are currently living with vision loss. - 338 million of them are blind or have moderate to severe visual impairment. The vast majority of these cases are preventable or treatable. 9 out of 10 people with vision loss live in low- and middle-income countries, where eye care is often unavailable or difficult to access. Ongoing challenges in eye care provision include: - Inequity in access to and quality of prevention and treatment services - Shortages of trained eye care professionals - Lack of integration with other health services New research shows great progress toward offsetting global blindness projections, but needs are still rapidly growing. Without faster improvement, blindness will affect 60 million people by 2050.

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Goal 1 - Program Delivery: Orbis is a leader in ophthalmic training and services delivery with sustainable programmatic impact that achieves quality-of-life improvements and value for money (and with evidence to prove it).
Goal 2 - People: Orbis is an inclusive organization that embraces diversity and equity across all aspects of our work and prioritizes partnership with other diverse and equity-focused entities.
Goal 3 - Revenue: Orbis is an organization with diverse and multi-year institutional funding.
Goal 4 - Thought Leadership: Orbis is recognized as a trusted thought leader and innovator.
Goal 5 - Systems Efficiencies: Orbis is an organization with efficient systems supported by a culture of learning

The desired impact of our 2022-2026 strategy is to increase equitable access to eye health services and improve the quality of life of the communities we work with. We are determined not only to give people their sight back today, but also to help build a legacy of quality eye care—ensuring no one goes blind tomorrow from avoidable causes.

Our strategy is informed by four cross-cutting themes, which are interconnected and embedded within our core focus areas and goals.
1: Partnerships are, and will continue to be, central to the Orbis mission.
2. Learning: It is important that our work is evidence-based and that we are building upon and adapting from lessons learned from our past work and that of our partners.
3. Technology: We will continue to pioneer the use of new technologies within our programming to improve eye health.
4. Equity: We will continue to promote access to eye health services for all people and strive towards an inclusive work environment, where diversity is cherished and promoted.

Our programs will focus on priority areas with high impact for the communities we work with:
1. Pediatric Eye Care - so we can give children the best start in life
2. Trachoma Elimination - so that a treatable infection stops robbing people of their sight
3. Strengthening Human Resources for Eye Health - because building local capacity and skills leads to sustainable change

Given our aim of increasing access to equitable eye health services, our program priorities also include the following intersecting areas.
1. Women and girls, people with disabilities, and internally displaced populations are at greater risk for eye disease and have some of the poorest access to quality and equitable eye care.
2. Bringing care directly to communities allows us to reach those who are most marginalized and underserved faster.



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 2020 alone, the following was achieved at our partner institutions and through Cybersight:

29,111 trainings were completed by doctors, nurses and other eye care workers.

26,041 eye health professionals trained through Cybersights

Over 3.4 million eye screenings and examinations were conducted

Over 36,000 eye surgeries/laser treatments were performed and over 101,000 eye glasses prescribed.

Over 7.5 million doses of Zithromax/tetracycline were distributed to treat blinding trachoma

Financials

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Project Orbis International, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 04/01/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Kevin McAllister

Diana Wheeler

FlightSafety International

John Howitt

Clifford Chance US LLP

James Forbes

Morgan Stanley

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

Gil Kliman

InterWest Partners

Ram Palanki

REGENXBIO

Derek Hodkey

Orbis International

Jennie Friedman

KPMG, LLP

Kenneth Motschwiller

Justin Brownlee

FedEx Express

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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