childhood blindness | The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ

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  • Ending avoidable blindness

    Kiwi eye surgeon and humanitarian Fred Hollows had a vision of ending avoidable blindness. He worked tirelessly to restore sight to the needlessly blind in developing countries and trained hundreds of local eye doctors to do the same. Making Fred’s vision a reality An estimated 39 million people around the world today are blind. But four out of five people who are blind don't have to be, their condition is treatable or preventable.

  • Skolastika

    18-year-old Skolastika can now live life to the full – playing basketball with her friends, going to school and helping her family on the farm – thanks to our generous supporters throughout New Zealand. Skolastika lives in an isolated village on the east coast of Makira Island, a remote island in the Solomon Islands. She lives a simple life. Her parents are subsistence farmers and Skolastika helps out when she can.

  • Satesh

    Seven-year-old Satesh lives in Labasa, Fiji. He was born with cataracts in both eyes. Sadly, the doctors diagnosed him with an eye infection and sent home with eye drops. His mother explained that his blurred vision has prevented him from attending school or making any friends.

  • Cataract blindness

    Cataract is the leading cause of blindness in the world. While easily treated with surgery, most people affected by cataracts live in developing countries where eye health services are difficult to access, costly or are simply not available.