Fiji | The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ

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  • 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.

  • Francis

  • Francis

    Just one day before dangerous floodwaters rose around her home in Fiji, Francis regained her sight. For the first time in six years, she was able to move around independently.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Fiji

    Fiji is home to the Pacific Eye Institute, the first dedicated eye health training facility in the Pacific, providing internationally-recognised postgraduate courses in eye care to nurses and doctors. The Pacific Eye Institute is an integral part of the solution to avoidable blindness, countering the chronic shortage of eye doctors and nurses throughout the region.

  • Deonisia

    Deonisia lives in a little village called Tokou on the island of Ovalau, in Fiji. She is 64 years old and is completely blinded by cataract in both eyes. Cataract blindness can be easily reversed with a simple 20 minute operation that restores sight overnight.

  • The Miracle of Sight

    Watch as one woman has her sight restored after nine years of blindness. Deonisia was cataract blind for nine years before she had her sight restored by The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ. Sight restoring operations take less than 20 minutes and can cost as little as $25 in many developing countries.

  • Peta Mathias experiences sight-restoring work in Fiji

    Specsavers' ambassador and celebrity chef Peta Mathias attended a Fred Hollows Foundation surgical outreach in Ba, Fiji, in March where 102 patients had their sight restored in just four days. Here she talks about her experiences on Good Morning. Specsavers have raised over $90,000 for The Foundation in the last year alone.  

  • The Foundation and our achievements

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