In 2015, Qatar Fund for Development pledged $8 million to radically transform the child eye health landscape in India and Bangladesh. Their initial interest in providing funding prompted the development of the Qatar Creating Vision initiative and their generous donation has made this work possible!
The Qatar Fund for Development said:
“Qatar has a long standing commitment to driving forward a wide range of initiatives that will strengthen healthcare provision both in Qatar and throughout the world. Many people take vision for granted and don’t realise how significant eye problems can be, particularly for children in the developing world. Half of childhood vision loss can be prevented or cured, so there is much that can be done.
“Qatar Creating Vision provides us with an opportunity to help children in India and Bangladesh. Qatar Fund for Development is proud to have facilitated and sponsored the creation of a programme that will provide children with a future, not constricted or disrupted by a preventable blinding condition.”
In 2013, HRH The Countess of Wessex – in her role as Ambassador for the international Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) – visited Qatar with the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital. Her knowledge, passion and commitment to preventing blindness worldwide captured the hearts and minds of businessmen and dignitaries alike.
In October 2015, The Countess joined Orbis on a follow-up visit, during which she cemented the relationships they had been developing with key organisations. On World Sight Day of that year, the Qatar Fund for Development pledged $8 million to put Qatar Creating Vision into action.
Her Royal Highness, the Countess of Wessex commented:
“I am delighted that the State of Qatar has cemented its commitment to this cause with the announcement of the “Qatar Creating Vision” initiative. This support will enable us and our partners to have significant impact on our mission to eradicate avoidable blindness in the developing world. I am deeply indebted to the State of Qatar for its willingness to join with us in this sight and live saving work.”
Orbis is an international eye care charity that transforms lives by preventing and treating avoidable blindness. The organisation works in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America training eye care teams, strengthening hospitals and working on the ground to provide lasting solutions to communities in need.
Every year Orbis sends their remarkable volunteer ophthalmologists, anaesthetists, nurses and bio-medical engineers from around the globe to train local eye health professionals and perform sight-saving surgery. Training takes place both onboard the Flying Eye Hospital – a unique teaching facility, in partnership with local hospitals and includes outreach and community work.
The charity runs over 40 long-term programmes around the world in countries including India, Bangladesh, Nepal, China, Vietnam, Ethiopia, South Africa, Ghana, Zambia, Cameroon, Peru, Mongolia, Tanzania and Indonesia.
Orbis is the coordinating partner for the Qatar Creating vision initiative. www.orbis.org