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ORBIS and FedEx Launch Sight-Saving Programs to Combat Avoidable Blindness in Latin America & the Caribbean
Date:2/17/2009

ORBIS and FedEx target the training of local eye health workers, providing free sight-saving surgeries and awarding two fellowships to local doctors

NEW YORK, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ORBIS International and FedEx (NYSE: FDX) are delivering four weeks of eye health training to local ophthalmic communities in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and Trujillo, Peru between February 9 - March 6, 2009. Utilizing ORBIS International's flagship Flying Eye Hospital -- a state-of-the-art medical and teaching facility housed in a DC-10 aircraft -- local doctors are being invited onboard to participate in intensive training activities designed to strengthen their abilities to manage and treat cases of avoidable blindness and/or vision loss (both clinically and surgically). The programs are designed to complement in-country eye care programs already in place and leave behind the skills needed for doctors to better treat prevalent causes of blindness in their respective countries and in neighboring nations.

"The support we receive from FedEx enables the delivery of improved eye care services to numerous people, while bringing awareness of avoidable blindness to many more," said Dr. Hunter Cherwek, ORBIS medical director. "Our partners in the Dominican Republic and Peru are on track to becoming regional centers of excellence for training the next generation of local, provincial and international ophthalmologists. The unwavering support of FedEx allows for this level of intervention, training and capacity building with our partners throughout the world."

The four-week, two-country Flying Eye Hospital program teams ORBIS and FedEx with the local ophthalmic societies, which includes the participation of seven eye care hospitals. After assessing the eye care needs of the Dominican Republic, Peru and the reg
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