Today, there are 32.4 million people in the world who are blind – but many don’t need to be. The Fred Hollows Foundation focus on preventable and treatable diseases such as cataract, trachoma and diabetic retinopathy. In-country work involves local training and providing affordable technology, so doctors, nurses and health care workers can recognise, diagnose, refer and treat eye problems in their communities. They use research to improve understanding of avoidable blindness, then use findings to implement strategies and advocate for change.
When someone's sight is restored, it gives them a chance for a better life. They're able to work, go to school and provide for their families. Fred Hollows believed that everyone, no matter whether they were rich or poor, had the right to affordable eye care.
The Foundation is overseen by a Board of Directors, which includes Gabi Hollows. CEO, Brian Doolan, leads day-to-day operations and Fred’s great mate and fellow humanitarian, Dr Sanduk Ruit, still advises.
The Fred Hollows Foundation is independent, not-for-profit, politically unaligned and secular. It now works in more than 25 countries and has restored sight to over two million people worldwide. This couldn’t have been achieved without the overwhelming support of the Australian public.