|+ Member of the Moment: The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ
The Fred Hollows Foundation is a global organisation that works in more than 25 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.
Dr Kasso is training at the Pacific Eye Institute in Fiji. He will be the first permanent eye doctor in Vanuatu when he graduates this year.
This upgrade will enable The Foundation to take a more integrated approach to treat diabetic eye disease, a devastating complication of diabetes and is the world’s leading cause of avoidable blindness in the working age population.
Read more about The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ and our other fantastic Members of the Moment here.