The European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) has provided Orbis with a fantastic level of support for many years.

The organisation has generously donated over £100,000 towards Orbis's work between 2011-2016, firstly for a project in Ethiopia, and then for our regional programme in East Africa – Human Resources for Eye Health.

In Ethiopia, ESCRS supported the establishment of a Paediatric Eye Care Unit at Gondar University Hospital in the north of the country. The organisation’s support focused on human resource development, which included sending two ophthalmologists to attend paediatric ophthalmology and retina sub-speciality fellowships.

The funds also paid for training to be carried out by expert Orbis volunteers at Addis Ababa’s Menelik Hospital. In addition, countless hours have also been donated by ESCRS member surgeons who have provided training for a wide range of Orbis programmes.

In the regional project, ESCRS supported Orbis’s very first multi-country initiative to strengthen a network of African medical schools and affiliated teaching hospitals, in Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda.

To complement this ESCRS covered the costs for ophthalmologists from the teaching hospitals to attend and benefit from the professional development opportunity presented by the ESCRS Annual Congress.

Founded in 1991, ESCRS seeks to promote and support research in the field of intraocular lens implantation and refractive surgery. During the partnership ESCRS has successfully raised awareness of Orbis amongst its membership of over 7,500 people from 130 countries.

The organisation continues to support Orbis with the opportunity to conduct a free paper session and symposium on important eye health issues at their Annual Congress.