surgical outreach | The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ

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  • Fred Hollows: a life in pictures

  • 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.

  • ‘Ana

    We first met ‘Ana on outreach to Tonga, the day before Mother’s Day and her 80th birthday. A widow, she lived with her sister Viviena in their parents’ house. ‘Ana was wheelchair-bound and cataract blind in both eyes. Life was not easy. 

  • Meet Durkita

    Imagine your whole world fading to black. You know something is terribly wrong. Your eyesight is slipping away and with it your independence. You desperately need an eye doctor, but there is no one to turn to for help. You feel isolated and vulnerable, fearful of never seeing or being independent again.

  • Solomon Islands surgical outreach August 2012

  • Meet Adam

    Special report by volunteer photographer, James Ensing-Trussell of Topic Photography Vanuatu: James recently attended a Fred Hollows Foundation funded surgical outreach visit to Vanuatu where he met Adam, a young man who was desperately in need of sight-restoring surgery.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.