Friday, November 30, 2007

World's only Flying Eye Hospital to come to Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- The ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital, the world's only airborne ophthalmic surgical and training facility housed inside a converted DC-10 aircraft, will arrive here next month for a two-week intensive medical training program.

This will be the first time for the Flying Eye Hospital to land in Cambodia, said an official press release received here Thursday.

The visit comes at the invitation of the Cambodian Ministry of Health and is supported by the National Sub-Committee for the Prevention of Blindness and the Cambodian Ophthalmological Society.

From Dec. 10 to 21, more than 75 Cambodian doctors and nurses will work side-by-side with an international medical team on board the Flying Eye Hospital and within the Preah Ang Duong Eye Hospital to restore the sight of the Cambodian blind people, said the release.

ORBIS International is a nonprofit global development organization dedicated to saving sight worldwide.

Since 1982, ORBIS programs have enhanced the skills of over 154,000 eye care professionals in 85 countries and have provided direct eye care treatment to more than 4.4 million people.

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