The Flying Eye Hospital lands in Cameroon for World Sight Day

October 2017

October 12th is World Sight Day and we're hugely excited as this year our Flying Eye Hospital will be in Yaounde, Cameroon. The magnificent aircraft will be joined by our world class volunteers training eye care teams and helping adults and children in a country with one of the highest rates of avoidable blindness in the world.

It’s the third time the plane has visited Cameroon, with its first visit being to Douala in 1999. Twenty seven years later the Flying Eye Hospital may have changed a bit, but our aim hasn’t – to help as many people as possible get the eye care they desperately need.

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The Flying Eye Hospital crew land in Cameroon

During the four week programme, Orbis staff and our global team of expert volunteers will cover a range of eye conditions, from adult cataract to paediatric glaucoma. With our partner hospitals, Yaoundé Central Hospital and Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute, they’ll work hard to provide continuing medical education for local doctors, nurses, anaesthetists, biomedical engineers and technicians. 

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The team meet dignitaries from the Cameroon Ministry of Public Health

Over the next four weeks our team will work tirelessly with their local counterparts running lectures, observations and hands-on training ensuring they can continue to offer good quality eye care long after the plane leaves.

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A brief photo opportunity before the hard work begins