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California Eye Surgeons Journey to Vietnam to Perform Sight-Saving Surgery
Date:3/27/2008

Vietnam as an ORBIS volunteer. "The overarching goal of all ORBIS programs are to upgrade the skills of the nation's eye care professionals, which brings quality eye care one step closer to the people."

FedEx Fellow completes Stanford University training in pediatric ophthalmology

For more than 20 years, FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) has facilitated the humanitarian efforts of ORBIS around the world by providing financial, operational and logistical support. FedEx is again committing its resources as the sponsor of the two-week Ho Chi Minh City program, which will take place April 7 - 18, 2008.

In 2006, FedEx and ORBIS launched the global FedEx Fellows program, which designates two ophthalmologists per year to complete one- to three-month fellowships at some of the world's leading eye institutes. This initiative was designed to complement ORBIS' existing fellowship program, whereby training is matched to the particular skills and strengths of the fellows, enabling them to develop their chosen ophthalmic specialty, or is provided in areas such as eye banking, primary eye care and hospital administration. All FedEx Fellows are chosen from existing ORBIS partners and expected upon their return to put their newly-acquired skills and knowledge into practice by strengthening the capacity of their institution to provide high quality and affordable eye health care.

"The FedEx Fellows program has enabled me to learn from the very best in the field of pediatric ophthalmology," said Dr. Nguyen Thanh Chi, Da Nang Eye Hospital, who is the very first ophthalmologist to be awarded this honor. "I am now ready to return to Vietnam and to the forefront of efforts to prevent childhood blindness."

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