Orbis Launches Seventh Flying Eye Hospital Program in Mongolia
The Flying Eye Hospital will provide intense thematic and subspecialty training in Ulaanbaatar over two week program
July 21, 2014 (New York) –The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital (FEH) is visiting Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia for the seventh time to conduct an intensive and comprehensive training and skills exchange program aimed at strengthening ophthalmic services in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The program focus is on subspecialty training in the areas of cataract, glaucoma, medical retina for adults and pediatric cataract, strabismus and oculoplastics. The comprehensive activities will provide hands-on training to the local eye care community including doctors, nurses and biomedical engineers.
“The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital team is pleased to be back in Ulaanbaatar,” said Dr. Ahmed Gomaa, Medical Director of the Flying Eye Hospital. “We look forward to reconnecting with past trainees we have mentored over the years as well as working alongside the next generation of ophthalmologists and eye health workers. We are excited to continue working together to deliver the highest standards of training, so that in turn the ophthalmic community in this country can continue to build a strong, high-quality service.”
The Flying Eye Hospital program is focusing on strengthening and supporting the Model of Excellence in Modern Ophthalmology (MEMO Mongolia) Adult and Pediatric Vision Network projects that have been planned in cooperation with the Mongolian Ministry of Health. MEMO Mongolia is aimed at building capacity in adult and pediatric ophthalmology.
“Orbis has a long tradition of working in Mongolia. We have conducted various programs since the 1990s,” explains George Smith, Director of the Orbis North Asia. “In September we will launch the Pediatric MEMO initiative in collaboration with the National Center for Maternal and Child Health in Ulaanbaatar, the main provider of children’s eye care in Mongolia, and 5 Aimag (county-level) hospitals in rural Mongolia to create a model comprehensive vision care network. The FEH program networks for the future.”
During the first week of the program, the focus will be on subspecialty training of pediatric eye care at the National Center for Maternal and Child Health. Week two will take place at the State Central Third Hospital focusing on adult care including training in MSICS and Phaco techniques for adult cataract, glaucoma and medical retina with a focus on diabetic retinopathy.
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