The Pacific | 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.

  • Meet Vani

    In February, a team from The Foundation’s Pacific Eye Institute visited Rakiraki, a town on the northern coast of Viti Levu in Fiji. It was there that they met Vani Vatuwaliwali.

  • 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. 

  • Luke

      Meet, Luke, a wonderful man in his seventies who had been blind for over 20 years until The Fred Hollows Foundation restored his sight.

  • Let's Go on Outreach: 2013 Figures

    Every year our team of eye doctors and nurses traverse the Pacific to restore sight to people in need. Last year we did 18 outreaches across seven countries, with patients receiving treatment through our clinics as well as having sight-restoring surgeries. The following infographic depicts the latest figures for 2013.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Photographers

    A number of professional photographers allow us to use their remarkable images on this website and in our promotional and educational materials. We thank them for supporting The Fred Hollows Foundation. You can read about each of these photographers below.

  • The Foundation and our achievements

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