Qatar’s award-winning airport, Hamad International Airport (HIA), is hosting a booth in partnership with global eye health charity Orbis to raise awareness about the importance of providing care to those with avoidable eye conditions.

The booth was launched in celebration of the sight-saving support that Qatar provides through funding, to screen and treat children across India and Bangladesh. This awareness raising activity is part of the inaugural Doha Healthcare Week,  enabling HIA to reach people around the world and inspire the passengers to learn more about preventable eye conditions.

Passengers travelling through HIA have the opportunity to visit the booth over the course of the next three weeks, take a virtual tour of the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital, and find out more about the initiative of Qatar Creating Vision. Funded by Qatar Fund for Development and implemented by Orbis, the initiative is on track to deliver an impressive 5.6 million eye care treatments to children across India and Bangladesh by mid-2020.

According Engineer Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer of HIA, the booth is a testament to the airport’s commitment to serve as a platform for initiatives that aid and empower the global population.

Our objective is to raise awareness around a very difficult reality— that numerous blindness and visual impairment cases are a result of conditions that are either treatable or preventable.’

Rebecca Cronin, Chief Executive at Orbis UK, stated that all of them at Orbis are extremely grateful for the generosity of Qatar Fund for Development and HIA, for once again giving them a global platform to raise vital awareness on the importance of quality eye care.

As part of Doha Healthcare Week, Qatar Airways is also hosting the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital for private tours and medical workshops. With more than two million passengers travelling through the hub every month, the booth enables Orbis to engage a global audience, inspiring and encouraging them to get on-board and discover more about Qatar Creating Vision.

HIA has been an avid supporter of Orbis since 2014. Back then, they joined forces to run an awareness campaign on World Sight Day. The following year, on the occasion of the visit of the Countess of Wessex to Qatar, HIA launched the Orbis-Qatar Charity fundraising campaign.

Travellers passing through HIA can learn more about the Orbis initiatives by visiting their booth at the HIA.  To learn more about Qatar Creating Vision, visit their website through this link: