Orbis is a non-profit organization operating internationally in the fight against avoidable blindness. Seventy-five percent of people who face blindness suffer from conditions that could be prevented, treated or cured. However, 89 percent of the 253 visually impaired live in places where it can be difficult to access quality eye health care.
Orbis trains local doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals on how to restore vision through programs tailored to their partner hospitals’ specific needs. Since 1982, the organization has been able to reach tarmacs in some of the most remote areas of low- to middle-income nations by means of the world’s only Flying Eye Hospital on board an MD-10 aircraft. Additionally, Orbis runs hospital-based trainings year-round in several countries, including Ethiopia, Bangladesh, India, China, South Africa, and Vietnam.
The Flying Eye Hospital is a state-of-the-art teaching facility complete with an operating room, classroom and pre- and post-operative room. This allows Volunteer Faculty, who are comprised of ophthalmologists, nurses and bio-medical engineers, among other specialists, to teach local doctors, nurses and other medical staff the skills to perform specialized surgical procedures. In addition to the 400+ medical professionals who donate their time and talent to serve Orbis, pilots also donate their time and services to fly the MD-10 to various programs all over the world. Click here to read more about the aircraft and take a virtual tour of the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital.
Through the new sponsorship, TP Aerospace will be responsible for the exchange and maintenance of the aircraft’s operation, and is thus contributing to the safe takeoff and landing of the MD-10 and its crew.
“We have been following Orbis and their work for years, and we strongly admire the work they do to reach some of the world’s most vulnerable people,” says Thomas Ibsø, President of TP Aerospace. “For us, it’s just great to be able to support their cause by doing what we do best, which is wheels and brakes.”
“We are extremely grateful to TP Aerospace for their support of our Flying Eye Hospital.” said Bruce Johnson, Director of Aircraft Operations and Maintenance, Orbis. “We rely on remarkable corporations like TP Aerospace to keep our plane running smoothly, advancing our vision to help people see and positively change their lives.”
Orbis is a leading global non-governmental organization that has been a pioneer in the prevention and treatment of blindness for over 30 years. Orbis transforms lives by delivering the skills, resources and knowledge needed to deliver accessible quality eye care. Working in collaboration with local partners including 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. To learn more, please visit orbis.org.
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