Orbis International has been providing eye care services to the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals at refugee camps, and their host community, in Cox’s Bazar.
Dr Danny Haddad, the Chief of Program of the organisation, said this after interacting with patients during an official visit to an eye-screening camp at Balukhali in Ukhiya upazila of Cox’s Bazar on Tuesday.
‘Orbis’s eye care service is restoring vision of both adult and children in the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, he said.
Dr. Danny Haddad was accompanied by his colleagues, Clare Szalay Timbo, senior program manager of Asia region, Dr Munir Ahmed, country director of Orbis International Bangladesh, MM Sirajul Islam, general secretary of Cox’s Bazar Baitush Sharaf Hospital, and Yuddha Dhoj Sapkota, regional coordinator of South East Asia of International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, and Jerry Vincent, consultant to Seva Foundation, Cox’s Bazar.
Haddad also called on Mohammad Abul Kalam, the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner.
“The Orbis’ eye screening camp has given the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals access to eye health care services as well as an opportunity to receive quality treatment,” he said.
“Our local partner, Cox’s Bazar Baitush Sharaf Hospital, has been distributing medicine, spectacles, and performing surgery free of cost among the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals and the host community,” Haddad said, adding that the Qatar Creating Vision Expanding Eye Care in South East Bangladesh was also delivering eye care services to the host community in Cox’s Bazar.
The QCV Expanding Eye Care Project in South East Bangladesh, funded by the Qatar Fund for Development, has screened around 12,000 children and adults, provided medicine and spectacles, performed cataract surgeries, and orientation for local frontline health workers on primary eye care is going on.
Orbis started its journey in Bangladesh in 1985 with the Flying Eye Hospital Program which aimed at reducing avoidable blindness.