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

drick, Dr. Chi has spent the last two months at Stanford University enhancing her knowledge to treat a number of eye diseases and conditions that occur in childhood and early adolescence. This month, Dr. Chi will return home to Da Nang Eye Hospital and resume leadership of the pediatric ophthalmology department. In addition, the fourth FedEx Fellow will be announced at the conclusion of the Ho Chi Minh City program, giving a fellow colleague the opportunity to follow in her footsteps.

FedEx -- Delivering Sight Worldwide

As the leading aviation sponsor for the Flying Eye Hospital, FedEx Express provides vital aviation maintenance support for the ORBIS aircraft and sponsors "Delivering Sight Worldwide," a global public awareness program that draws attention to the extent of avoidable blindness worldwide. Delivering unwavering support, FedEx completes the annual safety check for the Flying Eye Hospital at no cost to ORBIS. In addition, FedEx pilots volunteer their time to fly the Flying Eye Hospital to medical program locations worldwide. FedEx also gives ORBIS complimentary access to its powerful network of transportation services to support the organization's blindness initiatives around the world.

ORBIS in Vietnam

ORBIS has been working throughout Vietnam to develop long-term national plans to promote blindness prevention, expand availability of pediatric ophthalmology facilities and enhance the country's eye banking capabilities. ORBIS has been especially successful in introducing treatment strategies and resources for retinopathy of prematurity, a leading cause of childhood blindness. Last year, as a result of 13 major ORBIS projects, 6,070 doctors, nurses and community eye health workers received training. More than 675,026 people were examined for eye disease, and medical treatment and/or surgery was provided to 133,095 patients.

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