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The Flying Eye Hospital delivers eye care world wide—next stop Zambia!

The Flying Eye Hospital is heading to Lusaka, Zambia at the end of September for its next sight-saving training project. For three weeks, Orbis will train local eye care teams to restore the sight of local children and adults living with vision loss.

Strengthening Eye Health in Zambia

Following a successful training project in Can Tho, Vietnam, earlier this year, the Flying Eye Hospital makes its next stop in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. On board the aircraft – a state-of-the-art medical teaching facility with an operating room, classroom, and recovery room eye health professionals from around Zambia will develop and reinforce their eye care skills through a supportive, carefully crafted training curriculum.

This Flying Eye Hospital program will aim to strengthen eye health in Zambia and focus on improving adult and paediatric care throughout the country. It is estimated that over 7% of the population is living with some form of vision loss.

Taking place over the course of three weeks, the project will include training sessions and workshops led by Orbis’s expert staff and Volunteer Faculty. Along with training held on board the Flying Eye Hospital, additional training activities will take place at Orbis’s partner hospital, University Teaching Hospitals-Eye Hospital, in Lusaka.

Simulation training is proven to improve patient outcomes.

During the first week of the project surgical simulation training will be provided for ophthalmologists, nurses, and anaesthesiologists, helping to boost confidence and improve the quality of the hands-on training that follows.

The second and third weeks of the project will include live surgical training for eye conditions such as strabismus (squint), adult and child glaucoma, and cataract – the leading cause of blindness in Zambia. Additionally, a biomedical engineering workshop will be provided to engineers and technicians during the second week.

Our Flying Eye Hospital team are thrilled to welcome local trainers from Zambia who will be sharing their skills and expertise with colleagues from across the country.

"This is the first time Zambian ophthalmologists trained through Orbis-sponsored and other fellowships will work alongside Flying Eye Hospital staff and Volunteer Faculty to deliver simulation training to ophthalmology residents," says Dr. Maria Montero, Associate Director of Clinical Services on board the Flying Eye Hospital. "It is fantastic to see the dedication and expertise shown by local teams, and their desire to pass this on to the next generation of ophthalmologists in their home country."

The critical training provided through the Flying Eye Hospital project gives local doctors the skills they need to treat sight-stealing conditions and restore the vision of children and adults in their communities for years to come.

And none of this sight-saving work would be possible without the help of caring Orbis supporters!


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Fighting Vision Loss in Zambia

For many people in Zambia, access to eye care is scarce. That is why Orbis has been working hard to ensure treatment is available in the country for over a decade – and we’re making significant progress.

Orbis has helped train and grow the workforce of skilled eye care providers there increasing the number of ophthalmologists in Zambia from 26 to 38 in the last six years. In addition, we are helping to expand paediatric access to eye health services, so children like Kapiya, pictured below, can be screened for conditions like ptosis.

A young patient is screened for vision impairment during an Orbis-led training project.

Orbis is actively working to prevent and treat vision loss in Zambia, so kids like Kapiya can grow up with healthy sight!

With our next Flying Eye Hospital project and ongoing work in Zambia we are committed to preventing and combatting eye diseases throughout the country. By building partnerships with local hospitals, we continue to improve community awareness, increase surgical rates, and provide vital equipment to hospitals and eye care centres.

Additionally, in the last 13 years, Orbis has supported the establishment or improvement of one paediatric hospital, three tertiary eye hospitals, one wet lab, and 32 primary eye care units. And we will continue to identify gaps in eye care services in Zambia to ensure that treatment can be delivered to children and adults who need it most.

Make a gift that can help Orbis improve the quality of eye care in Zambia.

You will help support the Flying Eye Hospital and all of Orbis’s vision-restoring efforts worldwide.

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