The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ

CID Member of the Moment: The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ

image5Kiwi-born Professor Fred Hollows was a world-renowned eye doctor and humanitarian who worked tirelessly to restore sight to the needlessly blind people in developing countries.

25 years later his work goes on, The Foundation has now grown into a global organisation that works in more than 2

 

5 developing countries worldwide and has restored sight to more than two million people.

Earlier this year, The Foundation announced the $2.1 million upgrade and expansion of the Port Vila National Eye Centre in Vanuatu. The upgraded eye centre, combined with the upcoming return of a Foundation-trained eye doctor, will help to eventually increase Vanuatu’s eye surgery capacity from 200 to 800 per annum, which will meet the country’s needs as estimated by the World Health Organization.

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Dr Kasso (pictured) is training at the Pacific Eye Institute in Fiji. He will be the first permanent eye doctor in Vanuatu when he graduates this year. Here he is standing on the building site of the upgrade and expansion of the Port Vila National Eye Centre in Vanuatu, which is being funded by The Foundation and by supporters.

This upgrade will enable The Foundation to take a more integrated approach to treating diabetic eye disease, a devastating complication of diabetes and is the world’s leading cause of avoidable blindness in the working age population. Click here to see the personal impact diabetes is having on just one person, 22 year old Clerence.

4 out of 5 people who are blind don't have to be. For more information about the work The Foundation does, see here.

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