2 Trips. 2 Countries. Countless Lives Impacted.
"It was a thrill to help empower local medical professionals through the Orbis model of teaching and skills transfer."
Support VF (Volunteer Faculty): Marc Lafontaine, BSc., COMT
I first saw photos and heard stories from Dr. Brian Leonard’s Orbis missions, along with stories from Ms. Rosario Bate and the Late Dr. Garth Taylor in the mid 90’s. I was so impressed by the teaching model to medical professionals in developing countries. And the plane was just too cool!!
I was pleased to be invited to become a VF on two occasions. I had the opportunity to travel to Yaounde, Cameroon in October 2013 for 2 weeks with the Flying Eye Hospital and returned again in March 2015 for a week to support a Hospital-Based Program.
As a Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT), I was able to train several hospital technical/nursing staff some basic refraction techniques and diagnostic (A scan and visual fields) skills. I was also asked to train the Ophthalmology residents from the Central Hospital some of the same skills but at a higher level of knowledge. During the three days I spent on the plane during the 2013 mission, I was able to provide several lectures; these lectures were given in between the live surgery cases – another fabulous example of how Orbis leverages the work done all over the world.
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