In Mongolia, access to high quality, affordable eye care services is limited in both urban and rural areas. Lack of equipment, training and infrastructure are major barriers to adequate care and there is no comprehensive framework to treat children’s eye disease.

Success in Mongolia

The Flying Eye Hospital first landed in Mongolia in 1989. In 2014, Orbis launched a four-year project with the National Center for Maternal and Child Health (NCMCH), the main provider of children’s eye care in the country, and five county-level hospitals in rural Mongolia. The project aims to establish a model for comprehensive vision care that provides services from basic vision screening to the management of more complex pediatric eye disorders.

We've been working in Mongolia since 1989

Your support has helped us to screen more than 97,000 children in schools, communities and hospitals to date, including more than 1,000 babies who have been screened for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) at the NCMCH.

As a result of our ongoing advocacy work, we’ve helped make pediatric eye health a priority for Mongolia’s policymakers and the Ministry of Health. The second annual Child Sight Day was celebrated this past September.

Dr Shamsiya, a staff ophthalmologist at NCMCH, completed a 15-month fellowship in paediatric ophthalmology at LV Prasad Eye Institute in India. With the skills and knowledge gained during this prestigious fellowship, Dr Shamsiya will be able to transform the paediatric eye care department in her departments and share with her team what she has learnt.

Now, she is able to perform paediatric cataract surgery using intra-ocular lenses. This was previously not possible at the hospital. Dr Shamsiya expressed her extreme gratitude to Orbis and explained that she felt "privileged to receive this opportunity and enjoys putting to use the skills I learnt during my training in India."

What we are doing next

We are continuing to work with the National Center for Maternal and Child Health and county-level hospitals to train critically needed eye health professionals – from nurses to conduct school-based vision screenings to ophthalmologists to perform , strabismus and other surgical procedures. We’re also continuing to provide essential eye care equipment and instruments to the NCMCH.

Orbis will also continue to advocate for better eye care services and eye health awareness and work with policymakers to address still unmet needs, like access to refraction screening and to corrective lenses, particularly for children in Mongolia.

Our Partners

  • National Center for Maternal and Child Health (NCMCH)
  • Mongolia Ministry of Health