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Around the world, uncorrected vision is a major cause of lost productivity. According to the WHO, people who are visually impaired are three times more likely to be unemployed. Vietnam has the fourth highest prevalence of childhood blindness in Asia with 23,000 children bilaterally blind and more than 157,000 suffering from poor vision due to congenital cataracts, corneal scars and Retinopathy of Prematurity.  There are very few trained pediatric eye doctors available to treat these children. In addition, Vietnam is experiencing one of the highest growth rates of Diabetes in the world. More than four million Vietnamese people are estimated to have Diabetes, and of these, half a million may suffer from vision loss as a complication of the disease, a figure that is forecasted to increase threefold by 2040.

Our guest speakers will discuss some of the pioneering work that is being done around the world for the prevention and treatment of avoidable blindness, including an inside look into the world’s only Flying Eye Hospital, a fully accredited ophthalmic teaching hospital on board an MD-10 aircraft.

The presentation will highlight the economic and social impact of visual impairment on the Vietnamese community, what’s being done to combat vision loss, and strategies needed to get ahead of the looming tsunami of aging populations and rising chronic disease.


11:30 am Registration and Refreshments
12:00 pm Lunch is served
12:30 pm Presentation and Q&A
02:00 pm Event ends


The event is free of charge.

Reservations/cancellations must be received by 24 hours before the event, and must be made on-line, by email, or by fax. We are unable to accept reservations/cancellations by telephone.


John (Bob) Ranck
President and CEO, Orbis International

Bob Ranck is the President and CEO of Orbis International, a global non-profit dedicated to preventing and treating blindness in the developing world.

Bob graduated from the USAF Academy and was commissioned in the Air Force in 1982. He went on to fly 9 different aircraft throughout his career including the Boeing 707, B757, B737, Gulfstream V, DC-10. Bob has run organizations as large as 13,000 people, serving in the field, in combat, in the Embassy in Baghdad, and on the Air Staff and the Joint Staff. “My two most rewarding assignments were providing disaster relief, after Hurricane Katrina and the Islamabad earthquake, and supervising infrastructure recovery and provincial development programs with the US Embassy and USAID throughout Iraq in 2010.”

After the Air Force, Bob was the Vice President of Business Development for Integrated Systems Solutions, and Senior Vice President of Government Programs and Sales for Gulfstream Aerospace.  He lives in Manhattan.  He and his wife Sue have 3 grown children and 2 grandsons.

Phuc Nguyen
Head of Alcon Vietnam and Indonesia, Alcon Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Phuc has more than 20 years of experience working in the healthcare industry with multinational companies. His broad management expertise spans both pharmaceuticals and medical devices. As Head of Alcon Vietnam and Indonesia, Phuc is responsible for working with his management teams to develop and implement market growth strategies.  Over the last 12 years, Phuc has held a number of increasingly responsible positions within the Novartis Group. He was Country General Manager of Alcon Vietnam, Surgical Business Unit Manager of Alcon Indonesia, Surgical Business Unit Manager of Alcon Vietnam, Pharma Business Unit Manager of Alcon Vietnam and National Sales Manager of Sandoz Vietnam. Prior to joining the Novartis Group, he worked for Organon and Boehringer Ingelheim.

He was involved in the Orbis Vietnam mission in 2017. Phuc was honored to support Orbis activities that brought international training and surgical standards to Vietnamese healthcare professionals and patients.

He is an active member of the EuroCham Vietnam, Medical Devices Committee. Phuc is a pharmacist and graduated from the University of Medical and Pharmacy, Ho Chi Minh City in 1994.

The Alcon Foundation (Alcon) and Orbis have worked together for over 30 years to help improve people’s sight around the world. From its start, Alcon has sponsored every Orbis program with in-kind donations such as cataract and vitreo-retinal equipment.


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