A Syrian sunset

Orbis holds first ever live video consultation with Syrian doctor

Volunteer Faculty member Professor Dan Neely held a live video consultation with a doctor in Syria last week, using technology to help Orbis have an impact in otherwise unreachable locations.

A Cybersight live video consultation

An image taken of the live video consultation

Professor Dan Neely discussed four complex cases with Dr Wael Hamoudeh from Almouassat University Hospital in Damascus, which continues to operate despite ongoing conflict.

This was Orbis' first ever live video consultation of this kind; Professor Neely said that it was "every bit as effective as if we had been in the same room, examining the patient together".

This use of technology enables Orbis to reach regions that would otherwise be inaccessible to our services, even in countries in the midst of conflict and instability like Syria.

Professor Daniel E Neely

Professor of Opthalmology and Orbis volunteer

I am con­tin­u­al­ly amazed by doc­tors like Dr Hamoudeh and our oth­er glob­al part­ners. Under the very most dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances, they con­tin­ue to strive for excel­lence in their edu­ca­tion and the care of their patients. It is hum­bling for me. I admire their per­se­ver­ance and dedication

Dr Hamoudeh is an extremely engaged Cybersight participant, submitting consult cases, taking courses and attending live webinars.

Orbis has a long history of working in Syria prior to the conflict in 2011 so this consultation meant a lot to staff who had previously visited Aleppo and Damascus with the Flying Eye Hospital.

A Flying Eye Hospital report from Syria, 2011

Hunter Cherwek

Deputy Chief of Clinical Services

The Cyber­sight team con­tin­ues to impress me with the nov­el ways that Orbis can con­tin­ue to meet the devel­op­ment needs of our part­ners in even the most dif­fi­cult of cir­cum­stances. The his­toric Fly­ing Eye Hos­pi­tal pro­grammes in Syr­ia were very spe­cial and the Cyber­sight net­work con­tin­ues to build and main­tain these rela­tion­ships by tai­lor­ing the resources and oppor­tu­ni­ties for such ded­i­cat­ed partners

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