14 MARCH 2016
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AOA’s Annual Dinner (see BTN 7 March) raised £6,700 for blindness prevention charity Orbis, which operates the world’s only Flying Eye Hospital.
Orbis transforms lives by preventing and treating avoidable blindness across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Of the 39m blind people in the world, 80% have avoidable or treatable conditions. Since 1982, medical volunteers from Orbis have shared their skills with eye-care teams in developing countries, empowering them with the expertise and equipment to treat people in their communities.
The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital (FEH) is a unique fusion of medical and aviation ingenuity at its best. The aircraft houses an operating theatre and 48-seat classroom, currently on board a DC-10 aeroplane.
This year, the charity will launch its third generation FEH, an MD-10 (DC-10 with a retrofitted digital cockpit). The new plane will have improved fuel efficiency and the aircraft’s interior has been fitted through a modular system, to retain the integrity of plane’s fuselage. www.orbis.org.uk
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