Operation Sight update from an amazing volunteer

My name is Ann-Marie Ablett – I’m an NHS nurse and an intrepid Orbis medical volunteer. As I write this, I’m on my way back to the UK after two weeks in Kolkata, India, where I was training ophthalmic teams in some of the most effective and cutting-edge sterilisation techniques.

I’ll be writing a proper update on my trip soon, once I’ve had time to process it. What I can tell you for now is that all the local staff I met were incredibly skilled and dedicated, and it felt great to be sharing some of my expertise, as well as learning new techniques from them. Their patients are going to have an even higher standard of care now – more people treated, more sight saved.

Meanwhile, the Flying Eye Hospital has just completed a project in Cameroon. Thanks to our kind Orbis supporters, the FEH team spent four weeks carrying out sight-saving treatments and trainings in collaboration with two of our partner hospitals in that country.

They’ve had a huge impact, giving the gift of sight to people like Lemuel.

Lemuel lives in Cameroon. He’s a bright, inquisitive boy who struggled for years at school and was even teased by other children, all due to a squint that severely impaired his vision. On the Flying Eye Hospital’s last visit to Cameroon, the team was able to correct Lemuel’s sight with surgery, transforming his life and giving him a much brighter future.

Orbis’s unique Flying Eye Hospital is an amazing and powerful weapon in the fight against avoidable blindness. After a quick stop at the Dubai Airshow, it has now landed in Bangladesh, a country with a huge need for eye treatments.

Eye hospital pilots in Bangladesh.

Volunteer pilots on the runway at Chittagong airport, Bangladesh

There are still millions of people around the world who cannot see due to avoidable blindness. Orbis has been working to address this serious problem for decades, and now, with Operation Sight, we’ve stepped things up to a whole new level. You can learn more about the ambitious targets and impressive progress of Operation Sight here.

It feels great to be part of the solution to the global issue of avoidable blindness. As my 32nd Orbis mission draws to a close, I am already looking forward to my 33rd! I really can’t get enough of this work, and it means so much to me to know that I have the kind support of people like you. I’m not stopping, so please don’t you stop either!

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If you are able to help support Orbis with a donation, please don’t delay – visit our donation page today. No matter how much you give, your support will be much appreciated and put to excellent use. Give the gift of sight this Christmas.

Lastly, you can register for occasional email updates on our projects – see how your support is saving sight and changing lives in some of the poorest countries in the world.

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