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The Flying Eye Hospital delivers eye care world wide—next stop Zambia!

The Flying Eye Hospital is heading to Lusaka, Zambia at the end of September for its next sight-saving training project. For three weeks, Orbis will train local eye care teams to restore the sight of local children and adults living with vision loss.

Strengthening Eye Health in Zambia

Following a successful training project in Can Tho, Vietnam earlier this year, the Flying Eye Hospital makes its next stop in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. On board this extraordinary aircraft – a state-of-the-art medical teaching facility with an operating room, classroom and recovery room – eye health professionals from across Zambia will build and reinforce their eye care skills through a supportive, carefully crafted training curriculum.

This Flying Eye Hospital program will aim to strengthen eye health in Zambia and focus on improving adult and pediatric care throughout the country, where it’s estimated at least 4% of the population is living with preventable vision loss. Continuing support for these important efforts comes from the Alcon Foundation and OMEGA.

Taking place over the course of three weeks, the project will include training sessions and workshops led by Orbis’s expert staff and Volunteer Faculty. Along with training held on board the Flying Eye Hospital, additional training activities will take place at Orbis’s partner hospital, University Teaching Hospital – Eye Hospital, in Lusaka.

During the first week of the project, surgical simulation training will be provided for ophthalmologists, nurses and anesthesiologists, helping to boost their confidence and improve the quality of the hands-on training that follows.

Simulation training is proven to improve patient outcomes.

The second and third weeks of the project will include live surgical training focusing on eye care subspecialties, such as oculoplastics, pediatric strabismus, adult and pediatric glaucoma and cataract – the leading cause of blindness in Zambia. Additionally, a biomedical engineering workshop will be provided to engineers and technicians during the second week.

Our Flying Eye Hospital team are thrilled to welcome local trainers from Zambia, who will be sharing their skills and expertise with colleagues from across the country.

Dr. Maria Montero

Associate Director of Clinical Services, Orbis International

This is the first time Zam­bian oph­thal­mol­o­gists trained through Orbis-spon­sored and oth­er fel­low­ships will work along­side Fly­ing Eye Hos­pi­tal staff and Vol­un­teer Fac­ul­ty to deliv­er sim­u­la­tion train­ing to oph­thal­mol­o­gy res­i­dents. It is fan­tas­tic to see the ded­i­ca­tion and exper­tise shown by local teams and their desire to pass this on to the next gen­er­a­tion of oph­thal­mol­o­gists in their home country.”

The critical training provided through the Flying Eye Hospital project gives local doctors the skills they need to treat sight-stealing conditions and restore the vision of children and adults in their communities for years to come.

And none of this sight-saving work would be possible without the help of our caring Orbis supporters!

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Fighting Vision Loss in Zambia

For many people in Zambia, access to eye care is scarce. That’s why Orbis has been working hard to ensure treatment is available in the country for over a decade – and we’re making significant progress.

Orbis has helped train and grow the workforce of skilled eye care providers there, increasing the number of ophthalmologists in Zambia from 26 to 38 in the last 6 years. In addition, we’re helping to expand access to pediatric eye health services so kids like Kapiya, pictured below, can be screened for conditions like ptosis.

A young patient is screened for vision impairment during an Orbis-led training project.

Orbis is actively working to prevent and treat vision loss in Zambia so kids like Kapiya can grow up with healthy sight!

With our next Flying Eye Hospital project and ongoing work in Zambia, we are committed to preventing and combatting eye diseases throughout the country. By building partnerships with local hospitals, we continue to improve community awareness, increase surgical rates and provide vital equipment to hospitals and eye care centers.

Additionally, in the last 13 years, Orbis has supported the establishment or improvement of one pediatric hospital, three tertiary eye hospitals, one wet lab and 32 primary eye care units. And we’ll continue to identify gaps in eye care services in Zambia to ensure treatment can be delivered to children and adults who need it most.

Make a gift, and help Orbis improve the quality of eye care in Zambia.

You’ll help support the Flying Eye Hospital and all of Orbis’s vision-restoring efforts worldwide.

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