The biggest challenge in the development of our humanitarian project was definitely finding a reliable partner who shared our vision and was able to supply modern treatment tailored to the genuine needs of the people. After in depth research we found ORBIS: a non-profit organisation that we trust and can support with all our hearts.
Since its founding in 1982 ORBIS has become active in 88 countries in fighting preventable cases of blindness. ORBIS is active in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, China, Ethiopia, India, Jamaica, Nepal, Peru, Vietnam, South Africa and Zambia. Additional one-off projects are also taking place in many other countries around the world.
The programmes and projects that ORBIS has launched include medical training, as well as the provision of professional medical equipment and instruments and the corresponding technology for partners on the ground. In the past 30 years more than 18 million people were treated thanks to ORBIS and more than 300,000 eye care specialists were trained or received further training.
In order to give you and ourselves a personal impression of the situation on site and to demonstrate the direct positive effects that your donations have, we have decided to work together with one specific ORBIS partner. With the Islamia Eye Hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh, we have found the perfect cooperation partner. In 1999 ORBIS opened an office in Bangladesh in order to improve the lot of blind people there: an estimated 800,000 people suffer from blindness nationwide. The Islamia Eye Hospital was founded in 1960 by the Bangladeshi philanthropist Mirza Ahmad Ispahani and provides various training programmes for personnel and assistants as well as a laboratory for the preparation of amnion membranes (egg membranes) for use in transplants. Around 700 patients can be treated and accommodated here every day.
Where your donations go
Every donation is paid directly to the Islamia Eye Hospital by ORBIS: either through the purchase of one of our products or gladly also through a direct donation.
In order to make this process as simple and transparent as possible we work together with PayPal: after the 14-day exchange period the donated sum will be paid directly to ORBIS and the project in Dhaka for cataract operations.
With IWISHUSUN we would like to dedicate ourselves specifically to the treatment of cataracts.
The cataract is a clouding over of the lens of the eye. This opacity prevents the light from reaching the retina through the lens unhindered, leading to very unfocused, unclear vision, ultimately leading to complete blindness if not treated. With relatively simple measures, however, it is possible to drastically reduce the number of cataract cases. The optical flaw can be neutralised by wearing glasses or contact lenses: usually treatment consists of the removal of the clouded lens and replacement with an implant. Lens removal is a quick, cost-effective and uncomplicated procedure that can be carried out on adults with a local anaesthetic.
It has a success rate of 98%.
We are thrilled about the chance to support this project with your help and look forward to being a positive force in the lives of people suffering from cataracts. Thank you!
ORBIS depends on the financial support of contributors, companies and organisations. Please click on this link for the annual report and further information on the financing of ORBIS.
You’ll find more information on cataracts here: orbis.org.