02. Who are we?



ORBIS is a non-profit organisation dedicated to saving sight worldwide. ORBIS provides the tools, training and technology necessary for local partner hospitals to assess their needs and develop workable and lasting solutions to the tragedy of unnecessary blindness. By building their long-term capabilities, ORBIS helps its partner institutions take action to provide quality eye care services that are affordable, accessible and sustainable.

ORBIS uses flagship tools such as the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital (an an innovative mobile ophthalmic training hospital onboard a DC-10 airplane), Cyber-Sight (an online telemedicine mentoring and learning resource), and over 450 expert medical volunteers, to bring the highest standard of eye care and training to our partners in developing countries. Through these, and our long-term country programmes we are working towards a world where no one goes blind unnecessarily.
Since 1982, ORBIS has worked in 88 countries, enhanced the skill of over 260,000 health care professionals and helped establish services that have provided quality eye care to more than 12 million people.

ORBIS launched the Africa Initiative in 2010, it focuses on developing a comprehensive model for managing avoidable childhood blindness in Sub-Saharan Africa. The model builds capacity within primary and secondary levels of local healthcare systems to identify children with complex sight problems and then refer them to specialised child-friendly tertiary facilities. This ensures these children’s long-term follow up and care can then be monitored throughout their lifetime. ORBIS is currently developing paediatric ophthalmic centres in Zambia, South Africa and Ethiopia.

Adonis Musati Project

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Two years ago Adonis Musati a young Zimbabwean, died of starvation on the streets of Cape Town while waiting for his asylum application to be processed. He had not eaten for more than two weeks. Distressed that such a tragedy could occur unnoticed in the middle of one of the most vibrant and progressive cities in Africa, Gahlia Brogneri and Terry Hodson founded the Adonis Musati Project (AMP) to provide support and assistance for refugees seeking asylum. Many are children, the most vulnerable and needy group of all, who have traveled to South Africa alone. Long term goals are to acquire a building or warehouse for emergency shelter as well as a half-way house to care for the young, the disabled, widows and single mothers and to initiate training projects to teach entrepreneurial skills to equip them to be self-sustaining and contribute to the local economy.

Anyone wishing to know more about the Adonis Musati Project or who would like to assist in any way, either as a volunteer, or to donate food, clothing, or make a financial contribution, can contact them: Volunteers who would like to get involved, please email Gayle .
If you are able to make a donation, please also email Gayle or Click here for Banking Details.
Refugees requesting assistance, please email Gahlia or call the office on 021 448 3348 in the morning.

All media queries please contact Paula Wilson on 021 789 1904 / 082 659 9187 paula@pwmc.co.za.