4 September 2014
Orbis said it has announced a multi-million dollar contribution from the estate of the late Albert L. Ueltschi.
As co-founder of Orbis, Ueltschi was the single largest supporter of Orbis. Ueltschi was devoted to treating preventable blindness in the developing world. His efforts significantly contributed to the restoration of sight forms.
In the mid-1970s, Ueltschi helped found Orbis and oversaw the acquisition and conversion of a DC-8 aircraft into the world´s only Flying Eye Hospital, which had its first flight in 1982. Two decades later, in an effort led by Ueltschi, Orbis replaced the DCâ€‘8 with a wide-body DC-10, which allowed for greater training and treatment activity. A few years ago, Ueltschi provided a USD10m cash donation for Orbis´s latest MD-10 Flying Eye Hospital, which is scheduled to launch in 2015. He also served as the chairman of the Orbis International board for many years.
Orbis helps prevent and treat blindness through hands-on training, public health education, improved access to quality eye care, advocacy and partnerships with local health care organizations. By building long-term capabilities, Orbis helps its partner institutions take action to reach a state where they can provide, on their own, quality eye care services that are affordable, accessible, and sustainable. To learn more about Orbis, visit www.orbis.org