Orbis employee nominated for humanitarian award

Anaesthetist Andrew Choyce has undertaken 58 clinical trips in his 12 years with Orbis

Orbis employee nominated for humanitarian award

The global blindness prevention charity Orbis has revealed that one of its staff anaesthetists has been shortlist for a humanitarian award.

52-year-old Andrew Choyce is one of three nominees selected to potentially receive the Bond Humanitarian of the Year Award 2018.

Mr Choyce started volunteering with the charity 12 years ago, travelling to Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Vietnam to share and use his skills. In 2012, he was appointed as a part-time anaesthetist with the charity and has since divided his time between Orbis’ Flying Eye Hospital and King’s College Hospital.

Orbis is an international charity that works to prevent avoidable blindness. In 1982 it launched its first Flying Eye Hospital, a plane that is adapted to serve as a mobile teaching hospital to help train healthcare workers. It has since visited 78 countries around the world and supported the training of thousands of doctors and nurses, and provided sight-transforming treatments.

Speaking about Mr Choyce’s work with Orbis, the charity’s director of external relations, Allan Thompson, said: “Andrew has undertaken a staggering 58 clinical trips. His impact has been phenomenal – not only on patients, but also anaesthetists and health workers who, through Andrew’s training, help provide their eye care teams with safe anaesthesia techniques.”

The Bond International Development Awards will be held on London on 26 February.