The ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital - a training eye hospital housed within a DC-10 airplane – is set to retire this year and the sight-saving charity is looking for support to launch its new MD-10 ‘hospital with wings’.
ORBIS hopes attending the Passenger Experience Conference will lay the foundation for strong, long-lasting partnerships within the sector. Karen Jaques, Head of Corporate Partnerships for ORBIS says: “Our current DC-10 Flying Eye Hospital has been generously supported by the aviation sector for nearly two decades. The next generation Flying Eye Hospital will be state-of-the-art and ORBIS would like to thank all those who have donated in-kind support, for example, onboard technology and audio-visual equipment. We are now looking for financial backers for the hospital.
“Besides the Flying Eye Hospital which travels to developing countries all year round, ORBIS operates on the ground sight-saving and teaching programmes in developing countries including Zambia, Ethiopia and Bangladesh. So we are hoping to capture the interest of the sector to raise awareness of the 39 million people in the world who are blind from treatable or preventable eye conditions.”
The next generation ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital will be set within an MD-10 aircraft donated by logistics company FedEx and ORBIS is now seeking support to turn the cargo plane into a state-of-the-art teaching hospital. It is hoped the new flying hospital will take over the role of flying to developing countries and training eye care teams in the skills they need to save sight in their communities, in early 2014.
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Notes to Editors:
ORBIS provides the tools, training and technology necessary for hospitals in developing countries to find workable and lasting solutions to save sight.
By empowering its partner institutions to take action, ORBIS helps them to reach the point where they can provide, on their own, quality eye care services that are affordable, accessible and sustainable, to their own communities.
To learn more about ORBIS, please visit www.orbis.org.uk