The Flying Eye Hospital has landed for the first time in Yaoundé, Cameroon to deliver an intensive sub-specialty training programme. This visit will act as a building block to establish permanent paediatric ophthalmic services in the country, as ORBIS works to set up a centre for excellence at Yaoundé Vision Institute, currently under construction.
In addition to the treatment and training provided onboard, the Flying Eye Hospital will also host meetings with the government and public health officials - aimed at furthering the availability and public awareness of eye health in the area.
ORBIS believes Cameroon’s investment in paediatric ophthalmology will not only develop quality services in the country but also serve as a model for French speaking Africa.
The Flying Eye Hospital's training will support Cameroon’s greatest needs in cataract, glaucoma and retina surgery and extend to the entire ophthalmic community including nurses, anaesthetists, biomedical engineers and allied health workers, ensuring the highest standard of training across the board.
ORBIS will also be developing fellowships between ORBIS’s expert medical volunteers and Cameroonian doctors for continued education in addition to providing support through ORBIS’s online ‘telemedicine’ platform, Cyber-Sight.