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The Fred Hollows Foundation
The Fred Hollows Foundation is inspired by the work of the late Professor Fred Hollows (1929-1993). Fred was an eye doctor, a skilled surgeon of international renown and a social justice activist who championed the right of all people to high quality and affordable eye care and to good health.
The Foundation was established in Sydney on 3 September 1992, just five months before Fred passed away, with the aim to continue his work. Fred was committed to improving the health of Indigenous Australians and to reducing the cost of eye health care and treatment in developing countries. He had already started project work in Eritrea, Vietnam and Indigenous Australia. Since those early days, The Foundation has gone on to work with countries throughout Africa, Asia (South and South East) and Australia focusing on blindness prevention and Australian Indigenous health.
In 2008 the Fred Hollows Foundation released its Annual report with a record 176,472 people receiving sight-saving eye operations and treatments and over 1.3 million patients being screened in 18 countries worldwide. In 2008 The Foundation was awarded ‘Australia’s Best Practice Not-For-Profit’ by the Givewell Good Giving Guide with an emphasis on being transparent and accountable, whilst delivering thoughtful and practical programs across a range of social dimensions.
During 2009 the four millionth Fred Hollows Intraocular Lens was produced from Fred Hollows laboratories operating in Nepal and Eritrea.
An intraocular lens, or IOL, is a small piece of plastic
inserted into the eye to replace the natural lens that has become cloudy as a result of cataract.
The laboratories were established by The Foundation in 1994 as a result of the vision of Professor Fred Hollows. He believed that by manufacturing IOLs locally, cataract surgery could be made affordable to those living in poverty.
At the time IOLs could cost as much as $200. Today they sell for as little as $6-$8, one of the reasons the cost of cataract surgery in the developing world can be as little as $25.
In 2010 alone, the Foundation:
•Supported training for 12,961 eye health
•performed 194,903 sight operations and treatments
•Screened 1,310,226 people
•Built or upgraded 41 eye health facilities
•Helped improve the health of Indigenous people
In 2011 alone, The Fred Hollows Foundation worked with local partners to:
• Perform 282,714 cataract operations and other eye treatments
• Train 10,757 clinical and support staff
• Build or renovate 50 medical facilities
• Deliver $3.38 million of equipment for use in developing countries
• Screen the eyes of 1,604,802 people.
Go here for information on their achievements. http://www.hollows.org.au/Achievements/
And here to support this cause through donations http://www.hollows.org.au/Donate/
Geekworks is proud to be monthly donor to this great cause and the legacy of this inspirational man.
Phone: 07 3122 1131