2017 Orbis Flying Eye Hospital’s sight-saving journey is about to start!
This year, Orbis Flying Eye Hospital’s sight-saving journey starts in Can Tho, Vietnam from May 8 to May 19. The program aims to strengthen the capacity of local medical staff in adult and pediatric ophthalmology, and increase public awareness concerning the importance of eye care.
Who will benefit?
It is expected 150 patients will receive clinical examination, plus over 90 visually impaired patients will have an opportunity to undergo eye-surgery. 90 doctors and nurses from Can Tho Eye Hospital and other hospitals will be invited to attend training sessions.
What are the topics in ophthalmology training?
In the Mekong Delta, Vietnam, visual impairment rate among adults aged over 50 is high, and childhood blindness is in desperate need of attention. Therefore, Adult Glaucoma, Retina, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Oculoplastics, as well as Pediatric Cataract and Strabismus will be the focus of the ophthalmology training.
The schedule of the Flying Eye Hospital programs in 2017:
May 8 to May 19 - Can Tho, Vietnam
May 29 to June 9 - Quy Nho, Vietnam
October 9 to November 3 - Yaoundé, Cameroon
November 20 to December 1 - Chittagong, Bangladesh
To provide treatments for visually impaired and train local eye care teams in their own country, each Flying Eye Hospital program requires a wide array of medical equipment and supplies. Please sponsor medical resources at Orbis MD-10 Support Station to help us fly further and deliver more.
Anesthetic drug for a child's surgery (HKD 776)
Children nearly always need general anesthesia for a doctor to perform any surgery in or around their eyes. This is necessary so that the child is completely still and the operation can be carried out safely and effectively.
A case of basic surgical packs (HKD 936)
Each operating pack includes surgical gowns, hand towels, drapes, tube sleeves, handle covers, facemasks, eye patches, and several other items doctors require to perform surgery correctly. This surgical pack is essential to ensuring a sterile field while operating for infection control and prevention. These packs support a safe surgery for each patient.