The Challenge

Zambia is one of the most impoverished countries in the world, with three-quarters of its population living in poverty. Tragically, it also has a large blind population and one of the highest rates of childhood blindness in the world.

Our Response

  • We focus on capacity building and training pediatric eye care professionals
  • We develop community outreach programs to ensure children in need are identified and given the best possible care as quickly as possible
  • We run many successful hospital-based training programs enhancing skills in pediatric cataract and strabismus surgery, ophthalmic nursing skills and biomedical engineering equipment maintenance


Our Presence

We’ve been working with child eye-health services in Zambia since 2010. We partnered with Zambia’s Ministry of Health to build capacity within the overburdened and under-resourced health care system.

Our partnership with Kitwe Central Hospital led to the opening of a pediatric eye care center to provide specialized treatment and care for children with complex sight problems.

We're collaborating with referring hospitals in Zambia to strengthen their capacity to identify problems and manage patient follow-up care, so that children do not have to continually travel great distances for their checkups.

Success in Zambia

  • Orbis supported the opening of the Pediatric Eye Care Center, in partnership with Kitwe Central Hospital, to provide specialized treatment and care for children with complex sight problems
  • As the only facility in the country that is appropriately equipped and staffed for pediatric eye care, it has become a referral point for the whole country and beyond
  • We helped obtain a new anesthetic machine for Kitwe Central Hospital to improve the safety of children’s surgeries — and placed a director to improve the quality of pediatric cataract operations