eye health workers | The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ

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  • Leading Eye Care Charity Calls on Supporters to Take Extreme Poverty Challenge

    The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ today announced that it will play an active role in Live Below the Line 2013, and called on the NZ public to take up the challenge and help end avoidable blindness.

  • Sight-Restoring Charity Explores the Threat of Diabetes

    The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ this month hosts a FRED Talk to discuss the rising threat of diabetes in Pacific communities. The speaker is Stephanie Emma, the Diabetes Technical Advisor for The Foundation and lecturer in the diabetes eye care program at The Foundation’s Pacific Eye Institute in Fiji. 

  • Keeping Fred's dream alive

    Kiwi eye surgeon Fred Hollows had a vision of a world where no one is needlessly blind. He was driven by a deeply held conviction that everyone has the right to sight no matter who they are or where they live.

  • Training eye health workers

    Like Fred, we provide doctors and nurses in developing countries with the skills and tools they need to restore sight in their own communities. The Pacific Islands are spread over thousands of kilometres and there are simply not enough eye health workers to reach everyone in need. The situation is just as critical in Timor-Leste, where there are three eye doctors serving a population of more than one million people.

  • 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.

  • Providing eye health services

    In 2014, we performed over 6,300 sight-restoring surgeries and dispensed over 12,000 pairs of eye glasses – huge achievements given the numerous challenges we face in the countries where we work.

  • Developing local leaders

    Our ultimate goal is to put ourselves out of a job. To achieve this we must develop and support local leaders who are passionate about eye health in their own communities. We identify potential leaders, provide them with mentoring, and support them towards further education. A number of Foundation-trained eye doctors and nurses have recently taken up leadership positions in their home countries. Like so many of our graduates, they are following in Fred's footsteps and creating a world where everyone can access the eye care they need.

  • 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.

  • The Foundation and our achievements

    Like Fred, we have a vision of a world where no one is needlessly blind.