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FedEx Express and Orbis’s Flying Eye Hospital Visits UK

Over 30 Years’ of Collaboration Enables the Prevention & Treatment of Blindness Worldwide Coupled with a Donated FedEx Aircraft

March 9, 2017

Orbis flying eye hospital taking off

With more than 285 million people who are visually impaired worldwide and 4 out of 5 suffering from avoidable conditions, FedEx Express and international eye care charity Orbis announce the arrival of their world-class Orbis Flying Eye Hospital in the UK.

Visiting Stansted Airport from 11-17 March, the third-generation Flying Eye Hospital is the world’s only mobile ophthalmic teaching hospital on board an aircraft donated by FedEx in 2011.  The aircraft has been custom designed to create an advanced medical training and technology facility to further the skills of eye care teams across Africa, Asia and Latin America.  To take a virtual reality tour of the plane visit: www.orbis.org/flying-eye-hospital-uk

FedEx team members support Orbis through a variety of volunteer roles, including piloting the Flying Eye Hospital, providing maintenance and ground support, serving as translators during medical programmes and helping organise Pull for Sight aeroplane events. FedEx also provides transportation services to Orbis, helping to ensure that sensitive medical supplies arrive at Orbis medical training programmes around the world.

“We are immensely proud of our enduring relationship with Orbis and are committed to continuing to provide our support and assistance,” said David Canavan, senior vice president of Network & Hub Operations at FedEx Express Europe.  “Working with them for more than three decades, Orbis is one of our longest-running affiliations with a non-profit organisation, and in 2011 we donated an aircraft for the third-generation Flying Eye Hospital to help fight and treat preventable blindness worldwide.  We look forward to helping support Orbis and their outstanding work for many years to come.”

Since 1982, Orbis has worked in 92 countries and in 2015, UK donors enabled 3.7 million medical and optical treatments to take place in addition to supporting 21,469 training sessions for medical professionals.  With the continued support of FedEx, Orbis is involved in 40 long-term projects around the world in countries including India, Bangladesh, Nepal, China, Vietnam, Ethiopia, South Africa, Ghana, Zambia, Cameroon, Peru, Indonesia and Mongolia.

“For more than 30 years, FedEx has supported the work of Orbis through more than $22 million in donations and in-kind shipping,” said Rebecca Cronin, CEO at Orbis UK.  “They not only donated the aircraft that now houses our third generation Flying Eye Hospital, but it is flown by their volunteer pilots and maintained as part of their fleet.  We are immensely grateful to them for this long term, strategic partnership.  Because of FedEx, Orbis is able to reach even more people around the world suffering from unnecessary blindness.”

Ninety percent of people suffering visual impairment live in developing countries where they cannot access sight-saving treatments that many take for granted in the developed world. For more than 30 years, Orbis has helped countries build the skills and resources they need to prioritise and deliver quality eye care to their local communities.  Their team of more than 400 expert medical volunteers, from 30 countries, accomplishes this by training local medical teams both in their hospitals and on the Flying Eye Hospital, emphasising quality and safety standards for patient care.

These volunteer efforts are part of the FedEx wider commitment to improving communities through FedEx Cares, the company’s global giving platform through which it will invest US$200 million in more than 200 global communities by 2020 to create opportunities and deliver positive change around the world.  Local volunteers supplement and enrich these community investments.  For more information, visit fedexcares.com.

About FedEx Express

FedEx Express is the world’s largest express transportation company, providing fast and reliable delivery to more than 220 countries and territories.  FedEx Express uses a global air-and-ground network to speed delivery of time-sensitive shipments, by a definite time and date with a money-back guarantee.

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 $58 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 400,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities.  To learn more about how FedEx connects people and possibilities around the world, please visit about.fedex.com.

About Orbis

  • Since 1982, Orbis has been working to prevent avoidable blindness in areas of need. In 2015, Orbis UK funded 3.7 million medical and optical treatments and supported 21,469 training sessions for medical professionals.
  • Orbis transforms lives by delivering the skills, resources and knowledge needed to establish an accessible quality eye care network. 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 agendas.
  • Working with a global team of volunteers – the world’s leading ophthalmic medical experts – Orbis delivers between 4-8 training programmes on-board the Flying Eye Hospital, and over 40 hospital based training programmes each year.
  • Discover more about the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital at orbis.org/flying-eye-hospital-uk
  • Follow them on twitter @UKORBIS and like Orbis on Facebook www.facebook.com/ORBISUK

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