Let’s celebrate our amazing volunteers
Today marks the first day of Volunteers' Week - a chance to celebrate the contribution made by volunteers across the UK.
At Orbis, our work simply wouldn’t be possible without our volunteers, who give up their free time every year to train eye care teams across the globe. We are fortunate enough to have a team of some the finest ophthalmologists, nurses and anaesthetists in the world, sharing skills and ensuring that ultimately, fewer people live a life of unnecessary darkness.
Right now, our Flying Eye Hospital is in Vietnam and during its time there 12 volunteer doctors and nurses from England, Wales, Guernsey and Ireland are in Bin Dinh, Vietnam, equipping local eye teams with the skills and knowledge needed to combat childhood blindness, both on board the plane and in the local hospital. Working to increase surgical skills, safe practices for anaesthetics and nursing excellence will provide tools to local eye teams, ensuring they are equipped with the knowledge and ability to reach many more people in need of their assistance.
There are thought to be around 23,000 blind children across Vietnam, and more than 157,000 suffering from poor vision due to congenital cataracts, corneal scars and Retinopathy of Prematurity; a condition which impacts some of the most vulnerable members of our global society - premature babies. Each operation and training session is crucial - every minute counts when it comes to saving sight.
Our brand new campaign, Operation Sight, will ensure that we reach many more children with urgent eye conditions. It is especially crucial to treat children early because every minute we waste increases their chances of being blind for life.
With your help, we aim to provide 100,000 training sessions for eye teams and health workers by 2018. It’s an ambitious target and time really is of the essence. But with a team of world leading volunteers, a lot of hard work, and your continued support we can make this happen.
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