Flying Eye Hospital touches down in Mongolia

August 2018

We're excited to announce that the Flying Eye Hospital has returned to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia for the eighth time to conduct a three-week national ophthalmic training program.

Hosted by the First Central Hospital of Mongolia and the National Centre for Maternal and Child Health, the Flying Eye Hospital will directly support a long-term project by Orbis North Asia. It is currently parked at Chinggis Khaan International Airport.

Flying Eye Hospital being unloaded in Mongolia

Staff and crew arrive in Mongolia for a three-week training program

The project focuses on both adult and paediatric eyecare training, with training or paediatric including pediatric subspecialties at the National Centre for Maternal and Chil Hearth and adult subspecialties at the First Central Hospital.

Our team of world leading Volunteer Faculty will provide training tailored specifically for local ophthalmologists, nurses, anesthesiologists, biomedical engineers, and other eye health professionals, based on the needs of the country and the skillsets of the Mongolian teams.

Lectures and surgeries on board the Flying Eye Hospital will be broadcast live to eye teams around the world through cybersight.org, our online telemedicine platform.

A man drives up to the Flying Eye Hospital in Mongolia to help unload it

Staff at Ulaanbaatar Airport unload the Flying Eye Hospital

Blindness Situation in Mongolia

In 2015 the Report of Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness estimated that 6,900 people over 50 in Mongolia are blind, while 6,800 people are severely visually impaired. Among those, 39% were due to cataract and 20% due to glaucoma. Another 15,000 people require low vision services, which unfortunately are not available in the country at the moment.

Mongolia has one of the lowest cataract surgical rates in Asia, 1,200 per million each year. Currently 90% of all cataract surgeries are performed in the capital city because only 6 out of 21 aimags (provinces) - less than 30 percent - have the capacity to conduct independent cataract surgery.

Flashback! Through Their Eyes is a film made in partnership with OMEGA featuring Daniel Craig's visit to Mongolia with us in 2012.

Orbis in Mongolia

The Flying Eye Hospital first visited Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in 1989 and has returned six more times since then, most recently in 2014. We have a long history of successful programs with our partners in Mongolia and are excited about strengthening the relationship further over the next few weeks.

Stay tuned for more exciting news from our Volunteer Faculty and Flying Eye Hospital in Mongolia. And thank you for your ongoing support, none of this would be possible without you.