A Syrian sunset

Orbis holds first ever live video consultation with Syrian doctor

July 2018

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.

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

Professor Daniel E Neely

Professor of Opthalmology and Orbis volunteer

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

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

Hunter Cherwek

Deputy Chief of Clinical Services

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