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“I believe the basic attribute of mankind is to look after each other.” - Professor Fred Hollows
When sight restores hope to the whole family
The Fred Hollows Foundation see a world where no person is needlessly blind and Indigenous Australians exercise their right to good health - inspired by the work of the late Professor Fred Hollows, internationally acclaimed eye surgeon and social justice activist.
- Over 32 million people are blind.
- But 4 out of 5 don’t need to be.
The highest of human qualities is having care and concern for others, Fred Hollows would say.
And so Fred worked tirelessly across the world and in remote Australia to end avoidable blindness.
Even in his last days, he spent them working to improve eye health in Vietnam, Nepal and Eritrea – three countries where he knew he could make an impact, but that needed modern cataract surgery.
- 90% of blind people live in developing countries
- 60% of blind people are women and girls
Malnutrition, inadequate health and education services, poor quality water and sanitation all lead to a high occurrence of eye disease. Which in turn leads to further poverty and blindness.
The Foundation supports our partners to deliver eye health services on the ground. We target the main causes of avoidable blindness: cataract, trachoma, refractive error and diabetic retinopathy.
“You have to impart skills and technology and help them help themselves” - Professor Fred Hollows
The Foundation ensures health workers on the frontline have the equipment they need to restore sight.
We back new technology development to bring affordable eye care to the developing world.
We invest in people - from health workers to ophthalmologists – training them to recognise, refer, diagnose and treat eye problems, to keep Fred’s dream for long-term sustainability and local capacity alive.
Our research and advocacy brings better eye health services to people around the world. By influencing decision makers to increase funding, so that more people who are unable to see have their sight restored.