Nairobi, Kenya, June
12, 2009 – Dr. Sheila
Marco, a glaucoma consultant ophthalmologist from the University of Nairobi,
was named a FedEx Fellow as part of a program which awards ophthalmologists the
opportunity to complete a one-to-three-month fellowship at some of the world’s
leading eye institutes. Dr. Marco will complete a glaucoma fellowship at
University of Alberta in Canada under the tutelage of Dr. Karim F. Damji and
his colleagues. In conjunction, the Flying Eye Hospital program, at the
invitation of Kenya’s Ministry of Medical Services, conducted an intensive
skills exchange program with eye care professionals from around the country
from June 2-12, which resulted in 155 patients being screened and 58 patients
receiving treatment – both laser and surgical – and a total of 130 medical
professionals receiving continuing medical education.
Damji offers a unique “sandwich” fellowship, allowing doctors from developing
countries who are unable to leave their hospitals or families for longer-term
fellowships by separating the training into a number of rotations, allowing
them a split schedule between time abroad and time in their home country. What
is further unique about this fellowship model is that it focuses on leadership
training and allows Dr. Damji to visit Dr. Marco in her local surroundings.
This allows a unique training perspective in the natural environment of the
fellowship doctor and an opportunity to build institutional capacity and thus
an enabling environment to help retain the newly qualified specialist. The goal
is to build local capacity in order to better identify and prevent blindness
from glaucoma, which is all to common particularly in African individuals over
the age of 30. To this end, Dr. Damji
will be in Kenya, working with Dr. Marco, in August for an ORBIS sponsored
hospital-based program with a concentration on glaucoma.
will be Dr. Damji’s second glaucoma fellow from Nairobi. Previously he
facilitated a glaucoma fellowship for Dr. Dan Kiage, now President of OSEA
(Ophthalmology Society of East Africa) and head of the section of Ophthalmology
at the Aga Khan University Hospital.
Corp., an ORBIS global sponsor and leading member of the Alliance for Sight,
generously sponsored the Nairobi Flying Eye Hospital program. During both
weeks, FedEx Express volunteer team members worked side-by-side with the ORBIS
staff converting the DC-10 aircraft into the world’s only Flying Eye Hospital
and helped deliver targeted public advocacy programs aimed at educating the
public on better eye healthcare practices.
FedEx Fellows program has been a great success since its launch in 2006 and we
are proud to contribute to the ophthalmic community all over the world,” said
Robert W. Elliott, president, FedEx Express Europe, Middle East, Indian
Subcontinent and Africa. “By supporting the training of ORBIS and the
University of Nairobi, we aim to provide a boost to the ophthalmic expertise in
Kenya by enabling local doctors to learn from the very best in their field, and
then return to the frontline of blindness prevention work in their local
During the two
week program, ORBIS worked side-by-side with hands-on and participant level
trainees from several prominent eye hospitals in the Nairobi area who are responsible for
providing the surgical and clinical components of the U of N’s ophthalmology
resident training program. The focus of the training will be to increase
the ability of consultant ophthalmologists to provide and train in subspecialty
ophthalmic care, specifically glaucoma, pediatric ophthalmology, cornea,
oculoplastics and medical retina. In conjunction with the Flying Eye
Hospital program, ORBIS introduced Cyber-Sight, ORBIS’ telemedicine program
into the resident training curriculum in order to upgrade the university’s
ophthalmic training infrastructure.
ORBIS and FedEx –
Delivering Sight Worldwide
As a sponsor of ORBIS for more than 20 years, FedEx has committed its unparalleled networks, dedicated
employees and vast aviation expertise to assist ORBIS in delivering the gift of
sight to countless individuals throughout the developing world. In 2006, FedEx
renewed its global sponsorship of ORBIS with a US$5.5 million commitment, which
includes financial, logistical and operational support for ORBIS and its Flying
Eye Hospital through 2011. During this time, FedEx has agreed to support 10
Flying Eye Hospital programs and has created a new fellowship program – the
FedEx Fellows – which were recently awarded during programs in Cambodia,
Vietnam, India, Peru and the Dominican Republic.
Delivering unwavering support, FedEx supports the annual maintance check
for the Flying Eye Hospital. In addition, FedEx pilots volunteer their time to
fly the Flying Eye Hospital to medical program locations worldwide. FedEx also
gives complimentary access to its powerful network providing transportation
services in support of ORBIS initiatives around the world.
About ORBIS International
ORBIS International is a
nonprofit organization dedicated to saving sight worldwide. Since 1982, ORBIS
programs have benefited people in 86 countries, enhancing the skills of more
than 195,000 health care personnel and providing eye care treatment for more
than 6.8 million people. For more
information, visit www.orbis.org.
About FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX)
provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of
transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $38
billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating
companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the
respected FedEx brand. Consistently
ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its
more than 290,000 team members to remain "absolutely, positively"
focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs
of their customers and communities. For
more information, visit news.fedex.com.