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ORBIS in Mongolia

ORBIS International's Flying Eye Hospital Brings Sight Saving Skills and Technology to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

July 2011

Orbis logoORBIS and its global team of volunteer eye care specialists completed an intensive three-week program in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, since mid-June, aboard ORBIS International's signature Flying Eye Hospital – a state-of-the-art hospital with wings. The mission was supported by Alcon Inc., the global leader in eye care, and included a three-week ophthalmic skills exchange and surgical program through the one-of-a-kind DC-10 aircraft.

This ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital (FEH) Program marks its sixth mission in Mongolia.  Local eye care professionals of all disciplines attended an ORBIS skills transfer training course designed to address the country's eye health needs.

Blindness in Mongolia

According to the World Health Organization, North-East Asia has a relatively high prevalence of blindness, estimated at 1.4%. Together, adult cataract and glaucoma account for more than two-thirds of the country's blindness, while cornea conditions account for 7.2% of adult blindness.

The program provided training for ophthalmologists, biomedical engineers, anesthesiologists and nurses, while advocating for increased public awareness of eye care issues in Mongolia.

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