Saving Sight & Transforming Lives

Orbis Ireland Annual Impact Report 2022


Who We Are

Orbis is an international charity and leader in the global fight against avoidable blindness for four decades. Orbis Ireland is an affiliate of Orbis International based in the USA. Along with six other affiliate offices, we work with other country offices to fund, develop, and implement local projects.

Orbis aims to create a world where no one lives with avoidable vision loss simply because of where they were born.

With over 1.1 billion people living with vision loss and 90% of cases preventable or treatable, Orbis operates a sustainable and scalable model to address this immense challenge, in which we:

  • TREAT people with vision loss to save sight today.
  • TRAIN eye care professionals to save sight tomorrow.
  • INNOVATE to create a future without avoidable vision loss.

Eye Care in Ethiopia

Comprehensive eye care is about working with people throughout eye health systems – government officials, medical professionals in regional hospitals, staff in rural health centres and members of local communities – to provide eye care for people who need it, wherever they are.

In 2022, Orbis Ireland continued to focus our efforts on Ethiopia, where the prevalence of avoidable blindness from diseases like trachoma is one of the highest in the world.

Trachoma is a highly infectious eye condition that, if left untreated, can cause irreversible blindness. Globally, half of all people at risk of blinding Trachoma are in Ethiopia, where 40% of children in the country have active cases of the disease.

Trachoma can devastate people, families and communities. If left untreated, repeated trachoma infections can develop into trachoma trichiasis, where the eyelid turns inwards, scraping painfully against the cornea. Ultimately, it can lead to irreversible blindness.

Giving people in urgent need access to quality eye care remained challenging in 2022. Despite a global shortage of key antibiotics, the pandemic's continued impact, and ongoing donor budget cuts, our partners worked tirelessly to deliver our sight‑saving work.

We implement the World Health Organisation's SAFE Strategy to fight Trachoma in Ethiopia.




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Environmental change

Our Work In 2022

Our Year in Numbers

Orbis Ireland funds a project spanning 45 districts of rural Ethiopia with a population of 3.6 million. In 2022, with a global shortage of the antibiotic Zithromax required to treat trachoma infection, Orbis turned its efforts to other planned activities, ultimately exceeding these targets.

2022 Income

In 2022, Orbis Ireland raised €824,908 for our eye care projects in Ethiopia. Throughout the year, Orbis Ireland:

  • Welcomed the return of our flagship events - the Gift of Sight Ball and Great Ethiopian Run resulting in an income of €447,482 from events and public appeals.
  • Received €247,700 from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Irish Aid
  • Raised €139,726 from generous companies and major donors across Ireland

INCOME €824,908

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Statutory Funding




Individual Donations


Corporate Partners

Orbis Ireland Statutory Accounts 2022


Orbis Global

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