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ADDIS ABABA: October 23, 2018. The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital has returned to Ethiopia for the fifth time in the past 20 years for a three-week training programme to improve the skills of local eye teams together with the Federal Ministry of Health and the Ophthalmological Society of Ethiopia.

The World Health Organization estimates 1.6 million people are living with blindness and 3.5 million have uncorrected low vision among the country’s population of 105 million when 87 percent of blindness and 91 percent of low vision is completely avoidable.

Orbis EthiopiaOver the course of three weeks Orbis is training 335 eye -care professionals, screening and examining 250 patients, and operating on 122 people.

After Ethiopia the aircraft, a FedEx-donated DC-10 convertible freighter, will be positioning in Doha until November 12 as part of the Doha Healthcare Week - where the Orbis team will organise public and private tours inside the aircraft, as well as hosting on board workshops, including a nursing and ophthalmology session.

The aircraft is also stopping in Doha to celebrate the Qatar Creating Vision initiative, funded by the Qatar Fund for Development and led by Orbis. The programme expects to deliver 5.6 million eye care treatments to children across India and Bangladesh by mid-2020.

“Qatar Airways is proud to be a supporter of Orbis, as we believe in supporting communities in need and creating a tangible difference in the world,” said Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker. "We are especially pleased to host the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital during Doha Healthcare Week, as it is a wonderful way to raise awareness of the critical need for medical eye treatment around the world.”

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