Fighting childhood blindness in Vietnam
Our amazing Flying Eye Hospital has just landed in Can Tho, Vietnam, ready for its second programme visit ever. Our awesome staff and crew are gearing up to deliver a two week training programme alongside two local hospitals.
Over the next two weeks our team of expert volunteers will train local eye care teams to identify and treat common eye problems seen in local children.
We will also be using the profile of the Flying Eye Hospital to raise awareness of the prevention and early detection of childhood blindness in the Mekong Delta Region.
The Mekong Delta has a population of around 17.5 million people in southern Vietnam, but its rural areas are among some of the most under-resourced communities in the country. It is estimated that there are around 300,000 children suffering from avoidable vision loss with virtually no paediatric eye care services.
While Vietnam has made significant progress to address avoidable blindness in adults, there is still a huge shortage of trained ophthalmologists to meet the needs of the 3 million visually impaired children nationwide.
“We are delighted to be back in Vietnam, working with the government and our partners to continue to help build capacity to prevent and manage childhood blindness” said Dr. Jonathan Lord, Orbis Global Medical Director.
“We have set up six paediatric eye centres in Hanoi, Hue, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, and recently in Can Tho and Binh Dinh. Our long-term goal is to develop Can Tho into a paediatric eye care hub for patients in the Mekong Delta, and progress is already underway.”
Thanks to your support we are not just helping people see again today – we are building a long-term eye care legacy that will last for generations to come.
However, there is still a long way to go to ensure Vietnamese adults and children have the quality eye care they deserve.
Why not support Operation Sight today, and help a child see tomorrow.