In 2015 we launched the Mobile Eye Clinic to help address the staggering demand for eye care services in Fiji.
With a full range of medical equipment aboard, the Mobile Eye Clinic is a one-stop-shop for free eye checks, spectacles, cataract surgery, and services for a range of other eye conditions. This means it can stay in a location for longer than our outreach team, giving patients in remote areas better access to free high-quality eye care.
“To help someone to see was a tremendous feeling and with medical and technological advances we have greatly increased the ability of eye doctors to give that help.”
– Professor Fred Hollows
By 2018, less than a year after its launch, the Mobile Eye Clinic was already providing services right across Fiji’s main islands and Viti Levu. We have consistent outreach dates throughout the year.
This increase in services created the need for a dedicated village screening team. The team go to smaller neighbouring villages to screen patients for eye problems right on their doorsteps, and refer them to the nearby Mobile Eye Clinic as needed. This was very successful and is now a permanent service.
In November 2017 the FIJI Water Foundation made the incredibly generous donation of a prime mover truck — giving the Clinic its own means of transport. This gift will not only give the Clinic greater reach throughout Fiji but will also increase its reliability and cost effectiveness by removing the need to hire a transporter and eliminating the ongoing cost involved in doing so.
2020 yielded a 51% increase in the number of patients receiving surgeries compared to 2019: