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Qatar Airways, Orbis UK renew partnership

Qatar Airways, Orbis UK renew partnership


Tribune News Network
Doha
QATAR Airways (QA) has renewed its sponsorship as Official Airline Partner to Orbis UK for a further three years. The airline has been a proud supporter of Orbis and its blindness prevention programmes since 2012.
Orbis is a global charity that brings people together to fight avoidable blindness through access to quality eye care. Together with its partners, Orbis trains eye teams, strengthens eye care services and works on the ground to provide lasting solutions to communities in need.
Orbis's pioneering Flying Eye Hospital spearheads the charity's global efforts to transform lives. The world's only accredited eye hospital with wings is equipped with a state-of-the-art operating theatre which is connected to a classroom at the front of the room with a 3D screen, enabling those learning to get a very real view of the surgery taking place. The aircraft also features pre and post-op spaces for patients to recover.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar al Baker said:"Qatar Airways strongly believes in giving back to the global community and to making a difference. As an airline that connects communities and people around the world, we are delighted to continue our support for Orbis for another three years as Official Airline Partner. This initiative is of great importance to the global communities served by this state-of-the-art flying medical facility, providing crucial eye care to people around the globe."
Orbis UK Trustee Dr Robert Walters said:"We are so thankful for Qatar Airways' trust, friendship and support since 2012. Together we have already hosted the Flying Eye Hospital in Doha three times and facilitated the royal visits, enabling us to gather the support required to launch Qatar Creating Vision."
The renewed sponsorship this week also coincided with a visit from Her Royal Highness, Sophie The Countess of Wessex, to a 'Qatar Creating Vision' programme in Dhaka and Chittagong, Bangladesh.
The Royal Visit concluded in Doha, where Her Royal Highness Sophie The Countess of Wessex met with Baker, to celebrate the achievements of Qatar Creating Vision, which has undertaken 2.4 million eye tests for children and provided over 27,000 training sessions to doctors, teachers and community workers, to reach those living with blindness.

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