Orbis Third Generation Flying Eye Hospital Macau Tour
Orbis Third Generation Flying Eye Hospital Macau Tour was hosted on October 14-18, 2016, following its maiden sight-saving mission in Shenyang, China. 1,500 pre-registered participants joined the guided tours onboard and learned about the plane’s many state-of-the-art facilities and Orbis’s sight-saving mission.
October 14 marked the official launch of the 5-day Macau Tour of the unique aircraft, several honorable VIP guests helped officiate the ceremony onboard the Flying Eye Hospital, including Mr. Lei Chin Ion, Director of Health Bureau of Macau SAR; Ms. Xu Ting, Director-General of the Department of Education and Culture of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR; Mr. Chan Weng Hong, President of the Civil Aviation Authority of Macau and Mr. Eric Fong, Director of Marketing of CAM-Macau International Airport Co. Ltd..
Participants happily met, talked and took photos with the Flying Eye Hospital crew in the classroom, laser treatment room, operating room and patient care room. Among the crew members including Communication Manager, Healthcare Technician, Nurses, the most popular and adorable one was the Orbis Bear. A lot of participants also joined Orbis Friends Monthly Donation Program on site and brought the Flying Eye Hospital souvenirs home.
In closing, Orbis sent a very special vote of thanks to the event’s co-organizer CAM-Macau International Airport Co. Ltd. and the other major sponsors of this year’s Tour, including Bank of China Macau Branch, Koi Kei Bakery and Sands China Ltd.
Orbis Third Generation Flying Eye Hospital MD-10
More than six years in the making, the new Flying Eye Hospital is the world’s only mobile ophthalmic teaching hospital, on board an MD-10 aircraft. Hundreds of experts, including medical and aircraft maintenance teams, contributed their avionics, hospital engineering, technology and clinical expertise to the transformation of the aircraft into today’s Flying Eye Hospital. Over 96% of the aircraft structure was donated by generous donors around the world. The new state-of-the-art plane features a modular design, 3D technology and live broadcast capabilities, empowering Orbis and its Volunteer Faculty to train more doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals – ultimately restoring more sight.
The hospital suite is comprised of nine customized modules: including a 46-seat classroom, state-of-the-art AV/IT room, patient care and laser treatment room, operating room equipped with a 3D surgical microscope, a pre-and-post operative care room, etc. On the technical basis alone, this pioneering modular approach will save money and time during future maintenances, which in turn freeing up more resources for Orbis’s mission.
The Orbis Volunteer Faculty does not work onboard to show ‘off’, they are aimed to show ‘how’. The new technologies on the Flying Eye Hospital allow the Volunteer Faculty to share, train and interact with trainees in the developing world. Over the past 5 years (2011-2015), more than 110,000 doctors, nurses, biomedical engineers and other health care workers were trained through the Flying Eye Hospital programs. Orbis believes the ‘train-the-trainer’ approach will ensure the skills we shared shall sustain.