3 Continents, 5 Countries and 15 Weeks of Training Ahead

The Flying Eye Hospital crew is ready and excited for another exciting year on board our unique aircraft. In the upcoming 2018 year, we will be on three continents for a total of 15 weeks of training!

2017 was a hectic, but fruitful year for the Flying Eye Hospital team, Volunteer Faculty and country offices. We completed 10 weeks of training projects in Vietnam, Cameroon and Bangladesh in the Summer and Fall, while conducting five fundraising tours in Dublin, London, Doha, Dubai and Moffett during the Spring and Winter.

We hosted many high profile visitors; from the Minister of Public Health in Cameroon to Her Royal Highness, the Countess of Wessex in Bangladesh and attracted unprecedented attention from top-tier international media, including CNN, BBC, CNBC, Business Insider and VICE’s Global Health, which raised the profile of Orbis and promoted our sight saving work tremendously around the world.

Patient Rabiul from Bangladesh stands with a nurse in front of the Flying Eye Hospital

A patient smiles as he recovers after a cornea tissue transplant on the Flying Eye Hospital in Bangladesh

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Our team will be even busier in 2018! The Flying Eye Hospital will land in five countries across South America, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa to conduct 15 weeks of training projects. We're hoping to be in Peru, Barbados, China, Mongolia and Ethiopia. We are also planning three goodwill tours in Florida, Dubai and California to meet and greet our supporters.

Jay Bourgeois

Director of Orbis Flying Eye Hospital

We are excit­ed and get­ting every­thing ready for our full-year projects ahead. Each Fly­ing Eye Hos­pi­tal project is not only unique and tai­lored to the needs of our part­ners and local oph­thalmic com­mu­ni­ties, but also sup­ports the on-going efforts of our coun­try projects and the local eye health system.

CNN's Vital Signs program helped us raise awareness of our fight against avoidable blindness

Dr. Antonio Jaramillo

Head of Clinical Services, Orbis Flying Eye Hospital

I’m look­ing for­ward to return­ing to Chi­na and Mon­go­lia. Our projects will focus on pedi­atric oph­thal­mol­o­gy and child­hood blind­ness, which sup­port Orbis North Asia’s long-term projects. Also, we aim to cre­ate pub­lic aware­ness on com­mon eye dis­eases and advo­cate for prop­er eye care and the impor­tance of eye health.

So yes, a busy year ahead! We look forward to meeting up with many of you along the way as we all work together to change how the world sees.

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