Help Babies in Bangladesh Live a Life of Light

When babies are born too early, their eyes are not fully developed and abnormal blood vessels grow throughout the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. These blood vessels may leak, scarring and detaching the retina.

This may lead to lifelong visual impairment and blindness.

Imagine growing up not knowing what a smile looks like, not knowing how blue the sky is. Sadly, this is the case for babies who are permanently blinded by Retinopathy of Prematurity, an emerging eye condition that affects premature and low birth weight babies.

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The smaller a baby is at birth, the more likely that baby is to develop Retinopathy of Prematurity. It is one of the most common causes of visual loss in childhood and can lead to lifelong vision impairment and blindness.

Today, with advances in medical technology, smaller and more premature babies’ lives are being saved every day. However, because they are so small, they are at a much higher risk of developing ROP and need more care. This is why Orbis is working hard with neonatal and ophthalmic teams to help improve ROP services.

Orbis established Bangladesh's first ROP screening and treatment service centre and provided training, equipment and refurbishment to partners in Dhaka.

We have expanded the services to Mymensingh and plan to expand to other regions to reach more premature babies in need of eye care services.

We will continue to educate neonatal teams on ROP, train doctors and nurses, provide equipment, raise awareness of ROP and educate parents on the need for regular eye screening. Trained medical teams of our partners will continue to provide ROP screening and treatment.

Stop a baby from living their entire life in darkness

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If you would like to contribute to helping babies in Bangladesh via other means (bank transfer, cheque and more), please contact Elaine.

Phone number: 64795875