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Where will we go in 2018?

The Flying Eye Hospital crew and staff are ready and excited for another year fighting blindness around the globe. In 2018 we will be travelling to five countries and three continents to help build a lasting eye care legacy in the communities that need it most.

2017 was a hectic but fruitful year for the Flying Eye Hospital team. Thanks to your support we completed 10 weeks of training projects in Vietnam, Cameroon and Bangladesh while conducting five awareness raising tours in Dublin, London, Doha, Dubai and California.

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 attention from international media including CNN, BBC, CNBC, Business Insider and VICE’s Global Health, which helped bring attention to the issue of avoidable blindness around the world.

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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 will be in Peru and Barbados in April and May, China and Mongolia in June and August and finally to Ethiopia in October. We are also planning awareness raising tours in Florida, Dubai and California to meet and greet our supporters, partners and media in February, November and December.

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.”

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Dr. Antonio Jaramillo

Head of Clinical Services, Orbis Flying Eye Hospital

I’m look­ing for­ward to return­ing to Chi­na (Linyi) and Mon­go­lia (Ulaan­baatar) this sum­mer. 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.”

Last but not least, the Flying Eye Hospital will celebrate World Sight Day and the 20thanniversary of our blindness prevention work in Ethiopia in October. We will work with our long-term partner, Menelik II Hospital, on sub-specialty hands-on training, including cataract, glaucoma, cornea, pediatrics, oculoplastics and retina.

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

Thanks for your continued support.

Together, we can change how the world sees in 2018

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