The Challenge

Prior to Orbis’s intervention, Nepal only had one eye institute with the capacity to provide comprehensive pediatric eye care services. The pediatric services were all located in the Lumbini zone of the country, leaving 13 zones with minimal capacity to treat children.

Our Response

  • Orbis is training ophthalmologists in pediatric eye care
  • We are building the clinical capacity of seven eye hospitals to treat children
  • Orbis is working with Tilganga Eye Institute to establish a national eye care training and resource center
  • We are working with teachers, community health workers and healers to teach parents about the importance of eye care
  • We are improving hospital-based and community-based pediatric care and referral services

Our Presence

Orbis is working with two local partners, Tilganga Eye Institute and the Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh (NNJS), to expand pediatric eye care services across the country. We work with the Tilganga Eye Institute at a hospital in the capital city, Kathmandu, and with NNJS at six eye hospitals across the country, improving access for rural communities to quality eye care services.

Success in Nepal

  • The first pediatric ophthalmologist trained in Nepal completed a fellowship at the Lumbini Eye Institute with Orbis’s support
  • Since 2010, we have trained 246 primary care physicians on common eye diseases and 12 ophthalmologists have increased their technical capacity
  • With Orbis support, over 246,000 children received medical treatment or were prescribed glasses
  • Since this project’s inception, over 12,600 pediatric surgeries were performed by the partnering hospitals