It's been nearly a year since we welcomed our CEO Dr. Audrey Aumua to Team Fred, and what a year it has been.
Just as we started to catch up on the backlog of treatments due to 2020 pandemic restrictions, COVID-19 took hold across the Pacific. Regional clinics in Fiji and Papua New Guinea were able to perform emergency treatments only, and outreach trips were put on hold. Others, like Tonga, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Samoa and Solomon Islands managed to limit the COVID-19 spread and continue saving the sight of those in desperate need.
Staff worked tirelessly from home to prepare for the eventual lifting of restrictions and were able to resume sight-saving outreaches and reopen some clinics in the final months of the year.
We were overjoyed once Fiji opened up, as it meant we could have a delayed 12-month assessment with, the now seven-year-old, Zaydan. His life has taken a new and exciting path since his double cataract surgery in 2020; his eyes are in great health, he can read and write and has become the class monitor at school.
Despite it all, the unwavering commitment from both staff and our generous donors meant that we were able to achieve over:
47,312eye health consultations
2,412sight-restoring eye surgeries
31eye doctors & nurses in training
As we continue to recover from the last two years of setbacks, there are still too many people left living in the dark. In order to recover we hope to increase our efforts through training, outreaches, patient consultations and sight-restoring surgeries.
The only way we can eradicate avoidable blindness and vision impairment across the Pacific is with the continuous kindness and support from our generous donors.