ORBIS conducts training in
adult and pediatric ophthalmology on the Flying Eye Hospital, at local hospitals and through the awarding
of fellowships. This training is in keeping with ORBIS’s overall goal of
strengthening the capacity of local institutions to provide quality, affordable
eye care, on their own, over the long term.
Hospital-based programs in developing countries
ORBIS hospital-based programs consist of one-to-three-week training sessions provided at local hospitals in developing countries around the world. ORBIS
volunteer medical staff use these sessions to train ophthalmologists, nurses, anesthesiologists, biomedical technicians and other essential eye care personnel in the areas of blindness prevention and treatment.
ORBIS volunteer nurse
Mairead English trains a
nurse in New Delhi, India
- Support the particular training needs identified by ORBIS program offices in specific developing countries
- Bridge the gap between visits of the
Hospital in countries in which ORBIS does not have a continuous presence
- Extend educational opportunities
to eye health professionals in developing countries who otherwise would
not have access to such training
ophthalmology: A world leader
A child’s eye is
vastly different from an adult’s, and to provide services in pediatric
ophthalmology requires highly sophisticated, advanced training. ORBIS is a
world leader in delivering pediatric ophthalmology training to eye
health professionals in developing countries and was one of the first
organizations to make pediatric blindness prevention and treatment a priority
in these areas.
ORBIS is strengthening pediatric ophthalmology capacity by
providing clinical training as well as financial and technical support.
Congenital cataracts and glaucoma, retinopathy of prematurity and inherited
corneal diseases are among ORBIS’s the pediatric eye diseases that ORBIS
training focuses on.
Fellowships for eye care professionals from developing countries
Through ORBIS-supported fellowships, talented eye care professionals from developing countries are given the opportunity to undertake advanced study with some of the world’s most renowned experts at leading eye care institutions.
Training is matched to the particular skills and strengths of the fellows, enabling them to develop in their chosen ophthalmic specialty or in areas such as eye banking, primary eye care and hospital administration.
Upon successful completion of a fellowship, the trainee returns home to put newly-acquired expertise into practice. In most cases, the mentor who supported the fellowship will travel to the trainee’s home country to conduct follow-up monitoring, evaluation and training.
You can help
With your support, ORBIS can continue offering fellowships and training sessions to ophthalmic professionals in developing countries. Please donate generously so that others may see.