Orbis International

6 Dang Van Ngu, Dong Da, Hanoi

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Description: Eliminating Blindness in Vietnam In Vietnam, only 10 ophthalmologists are available for every 1 million Vietnamese, with most practicing in large cities. In rural areas, health workers are usually nurses, who have minimal instruction in eye care and possess scant resources for blindness prevention and treatment. It is in these areas that the majority of Vietnam’s half million blind people reside. Blindness in Vietnam can be alleviated, though. ORBIS’s work in Vietnam concentrates on: Increasing access to comprehensive eye care among rural communities Building the capacity of national institutions to take the lead in blindness prevention services and the provision of ophthalmic training Pediatric ophthalmology, especially the diagnosis and treatment of retinopathy of prematurity Corneal disease, eye banking and corneal donation Cataract services ORBIS built the capacity of its local partners in Vietnam to prevent, detect and treat retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), an avoidable disorder caused when premature infants are incubated without proper monitoring of oxygen levels. This was the first project of its kind anywhere in the country. By setting up the first pediatric eye care networks of skilled health personnel across the three provinces of Vietnam, ORBIS has been actively strengthening Vietnam's capacity to address childhood blindness on a national scale. ORBIS designed a model rural eye care project in Phu Tho Province, Vietnam, through which eye care providers are trained to screen, diagnose and treat cataract and other blinding conditions. The first of its kind, no such training or services had previously been available outside of Vietnam’s major cities. ORBIS helped establish Vietnam’s first national eye bank. ORBIS funded the first wet lab in Vietnam, located in the Vietnamese National Institute of Ophthalmology in Hanoi, where ophthalmologists can practice surgical procedures on animal eyes before operating on humans.

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