Great Charity EVENT FOR Sight Care
Flying Eye Hospital
Saving Sight Worldwide
According to the World Health Organization, 39 million people
worldwide are blind yet 80 percent suffer needlessly. Their
blindness could have been prevented or treated. ORBIS is a nonprofit
organization fighting blindness in developing countries, where 90
percent of the blind reside. Together, we can eliminate blindness
and transform lives. Read more...
The history of ORBIS International begins in the 1970s with Dr.
David Paton, head of the ophthalmology department at Baylor College
of Medicine in Texas, and his concerns over the state of eye care
services and ophthalmic instruction in developing countries.
Dr. Paton had traveled extensively throughout the developing world
as a visiting faculty member. During that time he had observed that
the high costs of tuition, international travel, and accommodations
prevented most doctors and nurses in those countries from
participating in overseas training programs. Even when they could
afford to study abroad, their opportunity for direct clinical
experience was limited because strict licensing laws often prevented
them from performing surgery.
Dr. Paton's solution was a mobile teaching hospital. With a fully
equipped airplane, doctors trained in the latest ophthalmic
techniques, including pediatric ophthalmology, could bring their
surgical knowledge and skills to doctors in developing countries
through hands-on training and lectures