Charity expands programme in Vietnam

Global charity Orbis has completed its sixth ophthalmic training programme for eye care professionals in Vietnam

05 May 2015 by Emily McCormick

Global eye care charity Orbis has landed its Flying Eye Hospital in Vietnam where it will deliver a two-week intensive ophthalmic training programme for eye care professionals in the country. 

While it is the charity’s sixth visit to Vietnam, it is its first to Hue where it hopes the programme will help to strengthen the surgical skills of local eye care teams and enhance the capacity of ophthalmic services. It will work partnership with Hue Central Hospital and Hue Eye Hospital to deliver the training. 

The programme is designed to enhance practitioners’ skills in glaucoma, oculoplastics, and medical and surgical retina treatment. It also specifically focuses on paediatric ophthalmology. 

Huong Tran, country director of Orbis in Vietnam, said: “Orbis began working with Vietnam’s ophthalmic communities through hospital-based projects in 1996, and we embarked on long-term, sustainable blindness prevention programmes with local partners since 2000. 

“By collaborating with the government and our partners, Orbis is the only non-profit organisation which has helped to build Vietnam’s capacity to prevent and manage childhood blindness through the setting up of five tertiary paediatric eye centers in Hanoi, Hue, Da Nang, Binh Dinh, and Ho Chi Minh City.”


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