The Flying Eye Hospital touches down in Mongolia

Flying Eye Hospital touches down in Mongolia

August 2018

We're excited to announce that the Flying Eye Hospital has returned to Ulaanbaatar for the eighth time to conduct a three-week national ophthalmic training program.

Hosted by the First Central Hospital of Mongolia and the National Center for Maternal and Child Health, the Flying Eye Hospital will directly support a long-term project by Orbis North Asia. The project aims to establish a pediatric eye care center at the National Center by 2019. Also, by leveraging the awareness-raising power of the Flying Eye Hospital, Orbis North Asia plans to launch another adult eye care initiative next year.

Flying Eye Hospital being unloaded in Mongolia

Staff and crew arrive in Mongolia for a three-week training program

The project focuses on both adult and pediatric subspecialty training, including pediatric cataract, oculoplastic, strabismus, retinopathy of prematurity and refractive error at the National Center, as well as adult cataract, glaucoma and retina diseases at First Central Hospital. Our team of world leading Volunteer Faculty will provide training tailored specifically for local ophthalmologists, nurses, anesthesiologists, biomedical engineers, and other eye health professionals. Lectures and surgeries on board the Flying Eye Hospital will be broadcast live to eye teams around the world through cybersight.org, our online telemedicine platform.

A man drives up to the Flying Eye Hospital in Mongolia to help unload it

Staff at Ulaanbaatar Airport unload the Flying Eye Hospital

Blindness Situation in Mongolia

In 2015 the Report of Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness estimated that 6,900 people over 50 are blind, while 6,800 people are severely visually impaired. Among those, 39% were due to cataract and 20% due to glaucoma. Another 15,000 people require low vision services, which unfortunately are not available in the country at the moment.

Mongolia has one of the lowest cataract surgical rates in Asia, 1,200 per million each year. Currently 90% of all cataract surgeries are performed in the capital city because out of 21 aimags (provinces) only 6 have the capacity to conduct independent cataract surgery.

Flashback! Through Their Eyes is a film made in partnership with OMEGA featuring Daniel Craig's visit to Mongolia with us in 2012.

Orbis in Mongolia

The Flying Eye Hospital first visited Ulaanbaatar in 1989 and has returned six times since then, most recently in 2014. We have a long history of successful programs with our partners in Mongolia and are excited about strengthening the relationship further over the next few weeks.

Stay tuned for more exciting news from our Volunteer Faculty and Flying Eye Hospital in Mongolia. And thank you for your ongoing support, none of this would be possible without you.