Capital: Panama City
Estimated population: 3.6 million
The ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital has returned to Panama, the historic spot of the first ever Flying Eye Hospital mission in 1982.
Currently located in Panama City, the Flying Eye Hospital will be the stage for two weeks of skills exchange programmes covering advanced topics which will help local teams tackle the most complex cases of avoidable blindness in the country. Medical volunteers from around the world are onboard the Flying Eye Hospital to deliver training programmes in subjects such as anaesthesia for both adults and children, ophthalmic nursing, glaucoma treatment and clinical engineering.
The return of Flying Eye Hospital to Panama City represents a significant milestone in ORBIS’s history as part of the continued efforts to prevent and treat avoidable blindness across Central America.
This a photo of the original DC-8 Flying Eye Hospital which visited Panama on ORBIS’s first ever programme in 1982.
Our current DC-10 is in Panama City, training local eye care teams in the skills they need to save sight in their communities.
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