OPERATION SIGHT HAS TAKEN OFF

August 2017

Following on from the success of Vision for Zambia, Operation Sight is our most ambitious campaign yet.

After launching Operation Sight in March when the new Flying Eye Hospital was at Stansted airport, we have been busy at work. Our one-of-a-kind aircraft landed in Vietnam to support hands on training shortly after departing the UK. Over the space of four weeks, 31 Orbis volunteers - nine of which were from the UK - travelled to Binh Dinh and Can Tho and helped 144 patients to see clearly again.

We began collaborating with local hospitals and clinics in Vietnam in 1996 and established a permanent office in the country in 2003. Since then, we have worked to build capacity, train medical staff and support local medical centres in rural provinces. We’ve also established five paediatric eye care centres across the country. 

In Vietnam and across the world half of childhood blindness and visual impairment is totally treatable or preventable.

Where next?

Later this year the plane will be winging its way to Cameroon and Bangladesh for six more weeks of training programmes. Over that time; doctors, nurses, anaesthetists and biomedical engineers will be taught in a wide range of sub specialties ranging from glaucoma to reconstructive surgery.

In addition, one of our amazing volunteers, Ann-Marie Ablett, will be training nurses in Kolkata, India. This will be her seventh visit to the country to work with us and her 32nd Orbis programme!

EVERY MINUTE A CHILD WAITS FOR TREATMENT MEANS THEY ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE BLIND FOR LIFE. GIVE THE GIFT OF SIGHT TODAY

Donate now