Orbis flying eye hospital is among projects on eye care funded the non-governmental organisation in the central province of Thua Thien Hue

The project, carried out from early 2015, has a total investment of 4.8 billion VND (225,600 USD), of which Orbis funded over 4.4 billion VND (210,000 USD).

The project will train 160 doctors and 70 orderlies through seminars and sharing of experiences. Around 15 engineers and technicians will also take part in training courses to learn how to maintain and operate modern ophthalmology equipment.

Around 140 patients will be provided with vision screening, diagnosis and treatment guidelines while some 60 patients will receive surgeries and treatment to regain their eyesight.

Earlier, Orbis decided to fund a project worth 22.6 billion VND (1.06 million USD) providing eye care services for children in the northern central provinces of Vietnam, which will be carried out from now till June 2018 at the Hue Eye and Hue Central Hospitals. It aims to reduce the rate of blindness and vision impairment among children in the localities by increasing children’s access to eye care services at the two hospitals in Hue.

Founded in 1982, Orbis International is an international non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to preserving eye sight worldwide. It implemented its first hospital-based programme in Vietnam in 1997.-VNA