To support World Health Organization's annual World Sight Day, ORBIS' flagship Flying Eye Hospital gives the gift of sight to India and Bangladesh in September and October, promoting equal access to diagnosis and treatment for those deprived in these countries.
Flying Eye Hospital arrived in Jaipur, India with its international team of volunteer eye care specialists conducting an intensive two-week program (Sept 22nd - Oct 3rd) focusing on multiple subspecialty training and equipping about 200 Indian eye care professionals and biomedical engineers with the continuing medical education required to address the country's dire eye health needs of pediatric ophthalmology including glaucoma, cataracts, strabismus (squint).
The program in India is a prelude to promote World Sight Day - an international day of awareness to focus attention on avoidable blindness and visual impairment - on October 8th, bringing much needed attention to this year's theme, Gender and Eye Care.
Immediately following the India program, the Flying Eye Hospital traveled to Chittagong, Bangladesh for another two-week skills exchange program and to promote World Sight Day, bringing the theme of gender to the forefront of its mission. ORBIS will organize specialized eye camps for women and girls, launch community advocacy programs and promote this important issue through a series of Eye Reports - live reports from the field demonstrating the need and the process in which ORBIS delivers its programs. Watch out!
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