FLYING EYE HOSPITAL

The Flying Eye Hospital is the world’s only mobile ophthalmic teaching hospital. It has visited various African countries including Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Cameroon and Zambia, and more trips to remote regions in Africa are planned.

In 2011 FedEx, for the third time, donated an aeroplane to Orbis Africa, the retrofit of which was once again custom-designed to provide the best medical training and technology to health-care professionals and patients. This is the third generation Flying Eye Hospital and since the first plane took to the skies more than thirty years ago, it is estimated 30-million people with vision impairment have been helped.

“The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital has 22 staff, 18 volunteer pilots from FedEx and 400 volunteer hospital staffers from 23 different countries – many of whom are teaching at major medical schools around the world,” noted Bob Ranck, President and CEO of Orbis International in June 2016, when the third generation Flying Eye Hospital was launched.

The Flying Eye Hospital not only provides training in a state-of-the-art operating room with audio-visual equipment that transmits live surgeries to students in a 48-seat classroom. It also provides equipment and surgical supplies to ensure that local medical teams are equipped with supplies as well as skills long after the Flying Eye Hospital has departed. This ensures longevity and self-sustainability of the programme. The aircraft also serves as a powerful tool for raising awareness of the importance of eye health.

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