Jamaica 2006: Building Lasting Partnerships

The first Flying Eye Hospital program of 2019 will be taking place in Jamaica at the beginning of April – marking the 8th time our crew have visited this beautiful island.

Our team of volunteers are looking forward to meeting old friends, having visited the Caribbean as recently as May last year.

A team of Orbis staff, volunteers, and local partners pose in front of the Orbis flying Eye Hospital in Barbados.

The team in Barbados last year

It’s been 13 years since the Flying Eye Hospital last touched down in Kingston, back in the old DC-10 days. This time we’ll be landing our MD-10 aircraft kitted out with state-of-the-art simulation technology and live broadcast capabilities via Cybersight.

Thanks to our MD-10s state-of-the art audio/visual capabilities, live training surgeries can now be broadcast around the world. And with more than 10,000 eye health professionals signed up, we’re expecting this project to make a bigger splash than ever before.

Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Project Jamaica 2006

The Flying Eye Hospital crew in Jamaica in 2006

As our teams gear up their next Jamaican adventure we’d like to thank our local partners for hosting our Flying Eye Hospital team and sharing our commitment to helping change the way the world sees.

Live surgeries and lectures from the plane

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Orbis meeting the Ministry of Health in Jamaica 2006

Making friends: Orbis staff meet the Ministry of Health

We also want to say a big thank you to FedEx for supporting our 2019 Jamaica project. This year’s Flying Eye Hospital programs coincide with the 37-year anniversary of FedEx’s long-standing commitment to helping Orbis. It’s fitting that they were also our sponsor back in 2006 when we last visited.

Orbis Flying Eye Hospital in Jamaica 2006 was supported by Fedex

FedEx are sponsoring our 2019 project as they did in 2006

Speaking of long term partnerships, we’ll be once again reuniting pediatric eye care experts Dr. Rudy Wagner and Dr. Leon Vaughan, who first met just prior to our Jamaica program in 2006. The two formed a strong friendship with Dr. Leon Vaughan even travelling to spend a week with Dr Wagner at his practice in Rutgers, New Jersey.

In the 13 years since they met, Dr. Leon Vaughan has gone on to become consultant in charge of the Bustamante Hospital Pediatric Eye Department in Kingston, Jamaica. Something which he credits his work with Dr. Wagner for.

Dr. Leon Vaughan

Consultant, Bustamante Hospital Pediatric Eye Department, Kingston, Jamaica

Well, I think the ini­tial expo­sure to Dr Wag­n­er’s expe­ri­ence helped tremen­dous­ly in devel­op­ing my skills when it comes to oph­thalmic pedi­atric stra­bis­mus surgery. His tech­niques have been tremen­dous in terms of help­ing me gain a bit more con­fi­dence, diag­nos­tic skills as well as sur­gi­cal skills, and as a result I’ve been able to impart that onto my own res­i­dents in Jamaica.
Pediatric eye doctors Dr. Rudy Wagner and Dr. Leon Vaughan in Barbados 2018

Dr. Rudy Wagner and Dr. Leon Vaughan during our Barbados project last year

Dr. Leon Vaughan is looking forward to the next Flying Eye Hospital visit telling us:

Dr. Leon Vaughan

Consultant, Bustamante Hospital Pediatric Eye Department, Kingston, Jamaica

We’re excit­ed to have the Fly­ing Eye Hos­pi­tal come back to Jamaica. We’re look­ing for­ward to it again, shar­ing expe­ri­ences, shar­ing sur­gi­cal skill, train­ing, expos­ing the res­i­dents to prac­tices in oph­thal­mol­o­gy done all over the world.

A big thank you to all our partners and supporters who make our Flying Eye Hospital projects so special.



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