As Founder, I have learned some serious lessons!
November 1st 2016
When we founded Global Flying Hospitals in 2001, we were naive. We thought everyone would fall in love with the plan to fly high-tech hospitals to those in need, instead of the old model of flying medical professionals into developing countries and working in sub-standard facilities. It simply made good sense.
Since then, the world has become progressively worse. We all know that. And it will continue to do so as populations increase, global warming becomes a major issue, water becomes scarce, political upheavals, war, disease and many more challenges swamp us.
BIG is NOT the Answer
Today; the need for Global Flying Hospitals is even more crucial. But, we’ve made mistakes. We were too focused on acquiring a wide-bodied jet to refurbish. This hindered us. Too much wasted time in trying to raise ridiculously large funds, for too long! Because we mistakenly thought BIG was the answer. It’s not! The huge, spiralling costs to refurbish and operate a wide bodied jet for charitable purposes is simply ineffective nowadays.
Add fuel, maintenance and operations … it became unworkable! And, totally useless to operate in and out of unprepared, unpaved runways, such as in the highlands of New Guinea … or the tropics of New Caledonia or the Solomon Islands.
Reinventing the Future
Finally, we seen the light and realized the only way forward was via the “cargo” type aircraft ferrying roll-off, specially crafted mobile hospitals. Dental, Ophthalmology, Paediatrics etc. Hence we made alliances with fabricators of such mobile hospitals and reinvented GFH.
We decided to predict GFH’s future …. by reinventing it!
No More Fundraising!
By relinquishing the plan for wide-bodied 747 type jets, we have eliminated the huge costs. And we now have the new model for humanitarian medical care!
As of the last days of 2016, we have secured our funding for the next decade! All of our fund-raising projects have been suspended. Only the raffle for the exotic luxury cars remain, simply as a marketing promotional tool. We are now fully-funded!
GFH Asia – Global Flying Hospitals (Macau) Association
The Board has reaffirmed its desire and vision to build GFH Asia from the Macau Head Office. Officially, GFH is known as Global Flying Hospitals (Macau) Association, and due to the reliefs the Macau SAR Government provides, such as free parking and operations for humanitarian aircraft at the airport. Great savings!
Macau also provides for a geographic “bull’s-eye” to many developing countries; so we shall continue to grow and build from this Macau SAR center.
USA, Singapore and GFH Australia
Our Board has ceased operations in the USA, and Global Flying Hospitals USA is no longer operating. Logistically, it was not feasible. Instead; all our focus is now from the Macau H/O, along with GFH Singapore and GFH Australia. This provides a platform for Sth. Pacific and SE Asian countries which open their doors to GFH.
Welcome to the NEW Global Flying Hospitals
Please contact us at info@GFH-Asia.org if you desire to work or partner with GFH.
Founder, Chair and CEO