The Work of The Fred Hollows Foundation.
‘An Australian Non-Government Organisation, The Fred Hollows Foundation was established in 1992 to continue the work of the late Professor Fred Hollows – a distinguished ophthalmologist who believed that everyone should have access to quality health care – no matter who they are; where they live; or how much money they earn.
The Fred Hollows Foundation has been working in partnership with local blindness prevention agencies in more than 29 countries to reduce unnecessary and avoidable blindness, with a primary focus on cataract. The Foundation also works in partnership with Indigenous communities in Australia to ensure that Indigenous people enjoy the same health outcomes as other Australians.
The Foundation is probably best known for its international work in the treatment and prevention of avoidable blindness. In the past 10 years it has helped restore sight to more than 1,000,000 people through the provision of microsurgical training for local doctors and the development of high quality, low cost technologies for use in developing countries. The underlying purpose of this work has been to build the capacity of local people to take charge of the continuing development of these services and industries.
The Foundation has adopted a similar approach to its work with Indigenous Australians. This has seen its original focus on eye care expand to tackle a range of health related issues including literacy, nutrition, and financial planning. The Foundation is currently working in partnership with the Jawoyn community in the Katherine East region of the Northern Territory.
For additional information about The Foundation (including an up-to-date list of projects and activities) please visit www.hollows.org’
THE Fred Hollows Foundation – ROTARians ‘down under’ JOINT PARTnerSHIP 2003/4