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DOHA: March 22, 2017. Qatar Airways has welcomed the arrival of the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital from the UK where the non-profit organization had earlier launched 'Operation Sight 2017', a treatment and training program for Vietnam, Cameroon and Bangladesh.

The third generation Flying Eye took to the air in June 2016 following the conversion of an MD10 donated by FedEx. The result is the world's only flying ophthalmic teaching hospital featuring live broadcast capabilities to train doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals - ultimately treating more people and restoring their sight.

Orbis Flying Eye HospitalWhile in Doha the hospital will promote 'Qatar Creating Vision', an eye health initiative that brings together three charities and 19 hospitals to provide 5.5 million child eye tests and treatments to children in India and Bangladesh before 2020.

Ashud Ahmed, Bangladesh Ambassador to the State of Qatar (left of picture), toured the Orbis aircraft that is in the country until March 29 to raise awareness about preventable blindness and its impact on developing countries.

Khalifa bin Jassim Al Kuwari, director general of the Qatar Fund for Development commented: "Many people take vision for granted and don't realize how significant eye problems can be, particularly for children in the developing world. Half of childhood vision loss can be prevented or cured, so there is much that we can do to improve access to eye care, which everyone deserves."

Supported by FedEx Express, L'OCCITANE, Alcon Foundation and OMEGA, the Flying Eye has delivered programs in 78 countries, trained thousands of doctors, and delivered over 10 million treatments in a single year since its take-off in 1982.

Orbis Special Envoy to the Middle East Robert Walters noted: "Through partnerships, we can change lives, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank HE Akbar Al Baker for his generosity through the years and the State of Qatar - in particular, the Qatar Fund for Development - for enabling us to provide a clearer and brighter future for children by bringing eye care closer to home."

Earlier this week Qatar Airways took delivery of its 12th B777 freighter. Another unit is due before the end of 2017 to bring its freighter fleet of B747s, B777s and A330s to 22 aircraft.

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