is a leading global non-governmental organization that has worked to
transform lives through the prevention and treatment of blindness for
over 35 years. With our network of partners, we mentor, train and
inspire local teams so they can save sight in their communities.
Orbis is headquartered in the U.S., operates 15 international
offices, and has worked in over 90 countries since 1982. Alongside local
hospitals, universities, government agencies and ministries of health,
Orbis provides hands-on ophthalmology training, strengthens healthcare
infrastructure and advocates for the prioritization of eye health on
public health agendas.
Orbis operates the world’s only Flying Eye Hospital, a fully
accredited ophthalmic teaching hospital on board an MD-10 aircraft. It
is a teacher, envoy and advocate that brings world-class training and
much needed attention to eye health around the world.
As a teacher, it is complete with state-of-the-art operating,
sub-sterile, patient recovery and laser treatment rooms, so that local
doctors, nurses and medics benefit from hands-on training from our
Volunteer Faculty. Teaching is also recorded and linked via AV broadcast
technology to the 46-seat classroom.
As well as training on the
plane, we provide continuing medical education to eye care teams around
the world. Our teams work with our local partners at their institutions
to ensure skills are embedded and implemented into their settings.
As an envoy, we garner media attention and push out vital public
health and prevention messages through the Flying Eye Hospital,
enlisting more people to fight blindness with us.
As an advocate, the Flying Eye Hospital helps us engage on a high
level with governments, presidents, philanthropists and other
influential people to make the case for investing in eye health as a
powerful tool to eliminate poverty.
Our third-generation Flying Eye Hospital has been made possible
through the tremendous support, passion and input of our partners and
donors. It is a powerful fusion of medical and aviation technology and
would not have been possible without the passion and financial support
of all our generous donors and our global partners, including FedEx, who
donated the aircraft to us.
WAEH Newsletter – July 2021
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