Where We Work (Country) | The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ

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  • Vanuatu

    Ten years ago, Vanuatu had no eye doctor and just one part-time eye nurse. Today, the beautiful island nation is one of The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ’s success stories.

  • Tonga

    Tonga has a significant diabetes problem, of which 80 percent was undiagnosed in a survey undertaken in 2002.  One eye health worker was worried that her country was heading for a “blind population,” due to the poorly managed nature of the disease. The Kingdom of Tonga consists of 169 low-lying coral and volcanic islands, of which 36 are inhabited. There are three main island groups - Tongatapu, on which the capital Nuku'alofa is situated, Vava'u, and Ha'apai.

  • Solomon Islands

    The original home of the Pacific Eye Institute, The Foundation has long standing and effective programs established in the Solomon Islands including several local leaders who advocate for eye health in the nation.

  • Samoa

    With a population close to 200,000 and no local ophthalmologist, eye health is in great need of prioritisation in Samoa. The Foundation is working hard to make sure the three eye nurses running eye health clinics in Samoa are supported, and can advocate at a high level to make sure avoidable blindness is given the attention it needs.

  • Discover Papua New Guinea

    The Foundation has an office in Madang where it works closely with the Divine Word University to provide training to eye health professionals.

  • Kiribati

    Kiribati’s population of around 100,000 is currently being served by two eye nurses who staff a small clinic for two days a week. Access to eye health services is further limited for those who live on distant Kiribati islands, where it’s easier to get to Fiji than it is to get to Kiribati’s main hospital.

  • Fiji

    Fiji is home to the Pacific Eye Institute, the first dedicated eye health training facility in the Pacific, providing internationally-recognised postgraduate courses in eye care to nurses and doctors. The Pacific Eye Institute is an integral part of the solution to avoidable blindness, countering the chronic shortage of eye doctors and nurses throughout the region.