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Alcon sponsors Orbis programme

Alcon sponsors 4 week Orbis programme

June 2010

Four-Week Skills Exchange Program to Strengthen Blindness Prevention Initiatives throughout Eastern and Western Java, Indonesia.

Alcon (USA) sponsors a four-week ophthalmic skills exchange and surgical program through ORBIS International's signature Flying Eye Hospital, a state-of-the-art hospital with wings. ORBIS and its global team of volunteer eye care specialists, today begin in June intensive four-week, two city program in Indonesia (June 14-25 in Jakarta; June 28-July 9 in Surabaya) aboard this one-of-a-kind DC10 surgical aircraft. The program offers Indonesian eye care professionals of all disciplines multiple subspecialty training required to address the country's dire eye heath needs.

This ORBIS program provides continuing medical education for Indonesian ophthalmologists, biomedical engineers, anesthesiologists and nurses, while advocating for increased public awareness and key policy changes. In addition, Alcon engineers will volunteer their time to work side-by-side with Indonesian medical technicians on how to properly fix and maintain much needed ophthalmic equipment within their hospitals.

"We believe significant decreases in the number of preventably blind individuals requires the development of local, sustainable eye care services made available through well trained eye care professionals," said Sara Woodward, director of Corporate Giving, Alcon. "Through ORBIS' skills-exchange programs and partnerships with medical facilities worldwide we are able to contribute to the advancement of ophthalmology in the developing world and help eye care professionals of all disciplines receive access to continuing medical education opportunities."

"Like ORBIS, Alcon is dedicated to reducing the incidence of preventable blindness worldwide," said Dr. Hunter Cherwek, medical director, ORBIS International. "Their sponsorship of ORBIS, which has spanned our organization's 28-year existence, strengthens our mission of preventing and treating blindness by providing quality eye care to transform lives."

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