FedEx donates $5m and an MD-10 aircraft to ORBIS International
FedEx and ORBIS International, a leading global organisation dedicated to saving sight worldwide, have announced a new five-year, $5.375m commitment in the form of cash and in-kind contributions from FedEx. In addition, FedEx Express will donate an MD-10 cargo aircraft to ORBIS to be the third-generation Flying Eye Hospital.
"FedEx has supported ORBIS for almost three decades, one of our longest-running relationships with a non-profit," said James R. Parker, executive vice president, FedEx Express air operations. "We're taking our work together to the next level by creating the next generation Flying Eye Hospital, which will significantly improve the lives of millions of people around the world who otherwise would have been blind, but now will experience the gift of sight."
The new Flying Eye Hospital, the world's only airplane with a fully functioning eye hospital on board, will be built on an MD-10-30 freighter aircraft and will utilise a modular design concept. It is the first time such modular units have been designed for an aircraft, and building them presents an enormous engineering challenge to meet the demanding technical requirements for both aviation and medical certification.The Flying Eye Hospital is a unique tool that brings eye care professionals from across the world to developing countries to provide two to three weeks of training and surgical demonstrations. ORBIS volunteer doctors impart to local doctors, nurses, biomedical engineers and technicians the skills necessary to provide eye care to their communities that will prevent and treat avoidable causes of blindness such as cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.