Qatar Airways to host the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital

Qatar Airways will host the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital at Doha Hamad International Airport (HIA) from late October to 12 November ahead of the launch of Doha Healthcare Week.

The Flying Eye Hospital, operated by global eye health charity Orbis, is a fully-equipped cargo aircraft with state-of-the-art medical equipment, an operating theatre and a classroom.

Every year, the aircraft visits countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America, partnering with local hospitals to deliver specialist training through its team of world-class medical volunteers, carry out treatments, and raise vital awareness about the importance of eye health.

The Orbis team will support Doha Healthcare Week by organising public and private tours inside the aircraft, as well as hosting on board workshops, including a Nursing and Ophthalmology session.

The health charity will also have a booth at HIA, to raise awareness about the importance of providing care to those with avoidable eye conditions, as part of Doha Healthcare Week.

The aircraft will also be stopping in Doha to celebrate the Qatar Creating Vision initiative, which is funded by Qatar Fund for Development and led by Orbis. Together they are on track to deliver 5.6 million eye care treatments to children across India and Bangladesh by mid-2020.

Qatar Airways has been a supporter of Orbis since 2012. The airline officially renewed its sponsorship with Orbis in 2017 for three years.

Since 1982 Orbis has been working to prevent avoidable blindness in areas of need. Working with a global team of volunteers and the world’s leading ophthalmic medical experts, each year Orbis delivers between four to eight training programmes on board the Flying Eye Hospital. It also runs long-term programmes in 18 countries.