Orbis flying eye hospital provides training in central Vietnam

By Ngoc Long, Thanh Nien News

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Health officers of Hue Central Hospital and Hue Eye Hospital are invited to board the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital for the training program. Photo: Ngoc Long

Orbis, an international non-profit NGO dedicated to saving sight worldwide, has returned to Vietnam for the sixth time to deliver a two-week intensive ophthalmic training for eye professionals in the central city of Hue.
The hospital will provide the training program for doctors of Hue Central Hospital and Hue Eye Hospital.
This program marks the first visit to the city for the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital – the world's only accredited ophthalmic training hospital aboard a DC-10 aircraft.
The program, which will run through May 15, 2015, aims to strengthen the surgical skills of local ophthalmologists and enhance the capacity of eye care services in central Vietnam, especially in pediatric ophthalmology.
Orbis will focus on advancing hands-on and participant level skills in the areas of glaucoma, oculoplastics, medical and surgical retina, and conditions affecting children, including strabismus and congenital glaucoma.
The program is part of a project worth more than US$1 million providing eye care services for children in Vietnam's northern and central provinces. It was carried out at the Hue Central Hospital and Hue Eye Hospital from July 2014 and will last until June 2018.
The project aims to reduce the rate of blindness and vision impairment among children in the localities by increasing children’s access to eye care services at the two hospitals in Hue.

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