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ORBIS International's Flying Eye Hospital Brings Sight Saving Skills and Technology to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Date:7/5/2011

ervices to all people. Alcon is an ORBIS global sponsor and provides support for the Flying Eye Hospital and the India Childhood Blindness Initiative. Alcon provides grants as well as medical gifts in kind such as state-of-the-art ophthalmic equipment, pharmaceuticals and supplies.

ORBIS was invited to Ulaanbaatar by the Mongolian Ophthalmic Association and hosted by "Hospital Number One," the first government-founded hospital in Mongolia, and the "Mother and Child Hospital," the only hospital in Mongolia that specializes in pediatrics. The ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital program focused on subspecialty training in pediatric cataract and strabismus, glaucoma, cornea, medical retina as well as advanced ophthalmology training, including phacoemulsification cataract surgery and ocular oncology. The ORBIS volunteer medical team transferred critical sight-saving skills to more than 300 local eye care professionals using hands-on surgical training, live surgical demonstrations, lectures and workshops.

"ORBIS and Alcon share a common vision for a world in which avoidable blindness is eliminated. ORBIS works in developing countries to save sight through hands on training, public health education, improved access to quality eye care, and partnering with local health organizations to prevent and treat blindness," says Barbara A. DeBuono, MD, MPH, President and CEO of ORBIS International. "ORBIS's global partnership with Alcon, which began nearly 30 years ago, enables ORBIS to provide high quality medical care to patients and the proper training and resources to local medical professionals, so that they can expand their skill sets and provide improved eye care in their respective countries."

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