Vietnamese paediatric patient Dieu talking to doctors

Vietnam

There are 400,000 adults and 23,000 children in Vietnam who are blind. While blindness in Vietnam has decreased over the last decade, the country continues to struggle with providing eye care, especially in rural areas. Quality of care, training and human resources still remain problematic, and overall awareness of how to prevent blindness is low.

A mini series of eye care work in Vietnam

Vietnam: Young tam saved from a life of blindness

August 13, 2019

Tam from Quy Nhon, Vietnam, struggled with his vision from an early age. But thanks to your support, and the work of our Vietnam country office and partners we were able to give Tam his sight back without any cost to his family. Tam was diagnosed with bilateral cataracts and had it not been spotted in time, he would have been blind permanently.
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Vietnam: Phuong no longer teased at school

August 13, 2019

Phuong from Hoai Nhon, Vietnam, was three months old when her family first spotted her crossed-eyes. After years of wrongly being told that glasses would fix her poor vision, an Orbis-supported school screening program finally gave little Phuong & her anxious mother hope for the future.
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Vietnam: Nothing can stand in Khang's way now he can see

August 06, 2019

Khang, 6, from Vietnam was born with ptosis later developing a squint which - if left untreated - can cause blindness. Thanks to the help of our supporters and amazing partners enabling him to have the two sight-saving he needed, this bright boy can see without struggling again.
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Success in Vietnam

We began collaborating with Vietnam’s ophthalmic communities through hospital-based projects in 1996. A permanent office was established 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 (ROP), pediatric and cataract services and in establishing an eye bank.

Currently, all six paediatric eye care centres in Vietnam are supported by Orbis.

KEY SUCCESSES:

  • Orbis helped establish Vietnam’s first national eye bank.
  • We funded the first wet lab in Vietnam where ophthalmologists can practice surgical procedures.
  • We initiated the development of the first working group in Vietnam on VISION 2020 — a global effort to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020.
  • We strengthened Vietnam's capacity to address childhood blindness by setting up the first pediatric eye care networks of skilled health personnel.

What we're doing next

Orbis plans to address the constraints of eye care system in Vietnam through three key strategies: expanding quality pediatric eye care services in more regions across the country; strengthening human resources for eye health; and increasing the availability of eye care services for diabetic patients.

Our work includes developing models to ensure quality of care and quality of human resources that can be replicated and maintained by the government.

The first model reflecting international standards for diabetic retinopathy – which poses a risk to four million people with diabetes in Vietnam – is in the pilot stage and requires further resources to be replicated nationwide.

Fighting Childhood Blindness in Vietnam

May 19, 2017

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