The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation will invest USD $500,000 to support the sight-saving work Orbis International carries out on its Flying Eye Hospital, the world’s only fully accredited ophthalmic teaching hospital on board an MD-10 aircraft.
The one-time grant was created and awarded to Orbis in honor of the Hilton Foundation’s chairman emeritus, Barron Hilton, who passed away in September 2019. The grant memorializes his passions for aviation and improving the lives of individuals experiencing disadvantage throughout the world.
“The Hilton Foundation’s investment – and the impact it will have on communities – comes at a particularly crucial time for eye health,” said Bob Ranck, President and CEO of Orbis International.
“Global blindness and visual impairment are set to triple over the next three decades, but so much of that can be avoided by increasing access to quality eye care.”
Three generations of the Flying Eye Hospital have traveled the world fighting avoidable blindness for nearly four decades. In that time, the Flying Eye Hospital has reached more than 90 countries, where Orbis’s Volunteer Faculty (medical experts) have shared their knowledge with local eye care teams, developing their skills so that they can provide quality eye care in their communities for years to come.