Global Flying Hospitals Reinvents the Future
Neill Newton, CEO of Global Flying Hospitals, recently stated that when he Founded the humanitarian medical charity in 2001, he was very naive. He thought everyone would fall in love with the plan to fly big jets refurbished as high-tech hospitals to those in need, in developing countries. He thought it made good sense. But he was wrong, charity is not the first thing people want to spend on!
Since then, the world has become progressively worse and will continue to do so as populations increase, global warming becomes a major issue, water becomes scarce, disease and many more challenges swamp us.
Today; the need for Global Flying Hospitals is even more crucial. Yet Newton says he made mistakes. His team was too focused on a Boeing 747 and this hindered the organisation. He admits that he mistakenly thought BIG was the answer. It wasn’t! The huge, spiralling costs to refurbish and operate a wide bodied jet for charitable purposes is simply ineffective nowadays.
Reinventing the Future
Newton says that they’ve finally “seen the light” and realised the only way forward was via the Hercules “cargo” type aircraft, ferrying roll-off, specially designed, high-tech mobile hospitals. These can reach very remote areas and land on unprepared or short runways. The organisation has engaged designers and manufacturers of such hospitals and throughout 2014 has been busily reinventing Global Flying Hospitals. He sates: We are now predicting GFH’s future by inventing it!
Global Flying Hospitals Board has reaffirmed its commitment and vision to build GFH from a Macau Head Office and make Macau as its world Hub. Officially, it is known as Global Flying Hospitals (Macau) Association. Macau provides for a geographic “bull’s-eye” to reach many developing countries. The Macau airport has special provision for humanitarian aircraft, and it makes for ease in marketing and promotional ability of the organisation.
The GFH Board has also ceased operations in the USA, and Global Flying Hospitals USA is no longer marketing or operating. Logistically, it was not feasible for aircraft operations. Instead; all focus is now from the Macau H/O, in order to reach developing countries easier and provide free medical care to people in need.
Contact Global Flying Hospitals at info@GFH-Asia.org