Phuong from a rural district in Vietnam has crossed-eye until strabismus surgery

Vietnam Virtual Flying Eye Hospital Project

We're so excited to launch a new virtual Flying Eye Hospital with generous support from FedEx. The training will enhance eye care professionals' surgical skills to minimize the impact of glaucoma in Vietnam.

This new project, funded by our partner FedEx, will train eye care professionals across Vietnam on ways to prevent the worsening of vision loss due to glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness and visual impairment. The number of glaucoma cases in Vietnam is increasing, especially among the younger population, as the country continues to face shortages of skilled eye care professionals and limited access to quality eye care, particularly in rural areas.

Orbis in Vietnam

Orbis began collaborating with Vietnam’s ophthalmic communities through hospital-based projects in 1996 and established a permanent office in Hanoi in 2003. Orbis has been providing the highest level of expertise to support the development of eye care services and blindness prevention in Vietnam, especially in the areas of retinopathy of prematurity, pediatric and cataract services, and glaucoma treatments.

In 2020 in Vietnam, Orbis and partners:

Simulation Training

As part of our effort to expand learning materials into new languages, training will be carried out in Vietnamese through relevant pre-learning courses on Cybersight; interactive live lectures delivered weekly by our Volunteer Faculty; and simulation training.

After each live session, course participants will practice the surgical step they learned that week on artificial eyes before submitting a video of themselves performing the simulated technique for review and feedback from Volunteer Faculty.

Using the latest in virtual reality, cutting-edge prosthetics and life-like mannequins, our simulation training is another example of how we're using technology to train more eye health professionals to end avoidable blindness.

Simulation training uses devices such as artificial eyes to allow complex surgical procedures to be broken down into smaller parts, giving eye care professionals the opportunity to practice each step as many times as they need to get it right, something that is not possible with an actual patient. This reduces the learning curve for difficult techniques, accelerates skill acquisition and improves outcomes for patients.

Derek Hodkey

President & CEO of Orbis International

Vir­tu­al train­ing projects enabled by our incred­i­ble vol­un­teers and sup­port­ers have allowed us to dig­i­tal­ly extend our impact and will con­tin­ue to be a vital part of our pro­gram­ming, even as we eager­ly antic­i­pate a return to in-per­son train­ing on the Fly­ing Eye Hos­pi­tal lat­er this year. The gen­er­ous sup­port of part­ners like FedEx has made it pos­si­ble for us not only to con­tin­ue, but to also enhance our oph­thalmic train­ing to eye care teams around the world that need it most.

Fighting Blindness With Fedex

FedEx has supported Orbis for more than 30 years in the fight against avoidable blindness through more than US$22 million in donations and in-kind shipping. Last year, FedEx announced its renewed commitment to Orbis’s sight-saving mission with a US$3.5 million donation to help provide financial, logistics and operational support to the organization and its Flying Eye Hospital over the following five years. FedEx has played an indispensable role in helping Orbis achieve its mission by providing aircraft parts, maintenance, and pilot training.

In addition, FedEx donated the MD-10 aircraft that serves as the third-generation Flying Eye Hospital, and the aircraft is flown by FedEx pilots who volunteer their time to navigate the plane around the world on Orbis projects. The sponsorship of the virtual project launched today is part of the FedEx Cares 50 by 50 campaign to positively impact 50 million people around the world by the company’s 50th anniversary in 2023.

Justin Brownlee

SVP Aviation Safety, Technology & Business Operations, FedEx Express

For more than 30 years, FedEx has proud­ly sup­port­ed Orbis in the fight against avoid­able blind­ness. We are com­mit­ted to help­ing local com­mu­ni­ties thrive. Our ongo­ing sup­port for Orbis pro­vides them with access to our unique capa­bil­i­ties. We aim to help bring vis­i­bil­i­ty to Orbis’s eye health exper­tise, and estab­lished foot­print in the region, to improve access to qual­i­ty eye care in Vietnam.

Thank You

We want to give a big thank you to our supporters, donors and partners, who've helped make this project possible. Because of their commitment, we've can continue to innovate and use new technologies to fight blindness.

And a special thank you to our virtual Flying Eye Hospital project sponsor FedEx, who has helped deliver quality training projects like this for over forty years.

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