Capital: Addis Ababa
Estimated population: 80,000,000
In Ethiopia, eye health is not one of the priority health issues. There are few services for those who live in rural areas and the few available eye care services tend to be geared to serve the adult population, even though about 46% of those living in the country are less than 15 years of age.
ORBIS is part of the solution:
ORBIS’s volunteer faculty of medical professionals will work onboard the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital and in the local hospitals exchanging skills and furthering the diagnosis, management and advanced treatment of conditions that have been highlighted by the local eye care teams.
The skills exchange takes place across many disciplines including ophthalmologists, nurses, biomedical engineers and anaesthetists.
Ethiopia is home to some of ORBIS’s most successful long-term projects, as well as these the Flying Eye Hospital has previously conducted four programmes in Addis Ababa. This programme will include multiple clinical hosts and multiple locations in order to support ongoing in-country initiatives in children’s eye care and high-level training in the diagnosis and management of:
- Cataract (a clouding of the lens)
- Oculoplastics (plastic surgery involving the eye and/or surrounding area)
- Paediatric Strabismus and Cataract (squint and the clouding of the lens in children)
Read more on the eye-conditions ORBIS treats here.Give the gift of sight today.
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