Aiming at providing support in building capacity of local eye care staff and examination and treatment of glaucoma, Orbis has partnered with Hanoi Medical University and Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine to implement a project namely "Strengthen the glaucoma examination and treatment services" in Vietnam.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), glaucoma is one of three leading causes of blindness along with cataract and refractive errors around the globe. As estimated, 57.5million people all over the world have primary open angle glaucoma, equivalent to a global prevalence of 2.2%. At least half of the glaucoma patients are not aware of their problems. In some developing countries, 90% of the glaucoma patients are not diagnosed.

In Vietnam, according to the Rapid Assessment on Avoidable Blindness in 2015, Glaucoma is the third leading cause of blindness following cataract and posterior segment diseases. This assessment also stated that about 6.5% of people over 50 years of age in Vietnam are totally blind due to glaucoma.

The modest number of well-trained glaucoma health staff is a challenge for Vietnam to respond to the local demand on glaucoma examination and treatment. It’s essential that knowledge, skills and experience in examination and treatment of this disease could be provided to help strengthen capacity of the local health staff.

In February 2023, following the approval from Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, the component of the project “Strengthen the glaucoma examination and treatment services in Vietnam”, partnered with Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine, officially commenced.

This project, consisting of two key components with the other to be implemented in partnership with Hanoi Medical University, aims at strengthening the capacity in glaucoma training for ophthalmologists under the residency training program and building capacity for ophthalmologists in examination, diagnosis, consultation and referral of glaucoma patients in provinces. With diverse training methods including Cybersight, Flying Eye Hospital, hands-on trainings and remote training programs as well as simulation training, the project also contributes to achieving Orbis International’s strategic goals on eye care human resources development in target nations, including Vietnam.

Under this project, glaucoma training programs, courses and materials are produced tailoring the training demand of the local health staff. Equipment were also provided for two wet labs to support the learning of the ophthalmic students and staff.

Until the end of the project, it is anticipated that:

  • 320 ophthalmologists will be able to access basic and advanced glaucoma courses on Cybersight;
  • 160 provincial ophthalmic staff will be trained on glaucoma examination, diagnosis and referral;
  • 30 lectures will be trained on technology-integrated teaching methods;
  • 24 tertiary ophthalmic staff are strengthened capacity in glaucoma treatment; and
  • 24 provincial ophthalmic staff are provided with online technical support.

Since 1996, Orbis has been supporting the ophthalmic sector in Vietnam through providing trainings and building capacity for local health workers in examination, consultation and treatment of cataract, refractive errors, retinal diseases and other eye problems and contributing to the fight against avoidable blindness across the country.

A meeting between Orbis and Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine to plan for the implementation of the project component.

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