eye surgeons | 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.

  • New Zealand charity launches first mobile eye clinic for Pacific

    The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ today announces the launch of a new mobile eye clinic for Fiji. Designed, produced and funded by New Zealanders, the clinic is the first of its kind in the Pacific region: a state-of-the-art 11.5 metre facility which will travel to remote parts of Fiji, providing sight-saving services to blind people in need.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Overseas

    "I believe that my view of what a redeemed 'social condition' is has been consistent - equity between people - and I've tried always to work to that end."  Not long after he moved to Australia in 1965, Fred visited a number of Aboriginal communities and was shocked by the deplorable standards of eye health. He was especially concerned with the high number of Aborigines who had trachoma, an infectious eye disease that is normally only found in developing countries.