November 2018

On Wednesday 31 October Avolon and Clifford Chance hosted a dinner in Hong Kong in aid of Orbis. The evening coincided with the 2018 Hong Kong Airfinance Conference.

Orbis would like to thank Avolon and Clifford Chance for their generosity in hosting this event. This is the eighth year that the event has taken place, raising a total of over €460,000 for Orbis' sight-saving work. This is a significant achievement. Sincere thanks to all the corporate sponsors and guests who helped achieve this goal.

The funds raised will go towards the prevention and treatment of blindness in southern Ethiopia. With a focus on teaching and training, Orbis works with local partners to provide quality eye care and to strengthen local health systems in hospitals, medical schools and outreach clinics. In 2017, Orbis expanded their work in southern Ethiopia and now, as well as tackling trachoma (a devastating, painful bacterial infection), Orbis works to treat refractive error and cataract with a focus on reaching rural communities.

A recent evaluation of our work in this region showed that the prevalence of trachoma has reduced in some areas by 75%. Almost half of the two million population now live in trachoma-free areas. These results are staggering and wouldn’t be possible without the support of our generous sponsors.


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