The ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital is literally a hospital with wings that brings together dedicated eye care professionals and aviators to give the gift of sight to developing countries around the world. ORBIS is a nonprofit, global development organization whose mission is to eliminate avoidable blindness in developing countries. The majority of ORBIS projects concentrate on avoidable blindness among children. Onboard the refurbished DC-10 jet aircraft, local doctors, nurses and technicians work alongside ORBIS’s international medical team to exchange knowledge and improve skills.
Since its first flight in 1982, the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital has traveled to more than 70 countries and has directly treated more than 9.7 million people for blindness-related diseases and conditions. By training local doctors and eye care workers, who in turn teach their colleagues, ORBIS is strengthening the capabilities of local health care communities in blindness prevention and treatment.