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Where will we go in 2018?

January 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.

“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.”

Jay Bourgeois

Director of Orbis Flying Eye Hospital

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“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.”

Dr. Antonio Jaramillo

Head of Clinical Services, Orbis Flying Eye Hospital

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.

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