The Foundation was created in 1944 by Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Between 1985 and 2016, $141 million of Foundation funding has been given to its avoidable blindness projects, which focus on trachoma and cataracts.
Our partnership with the Foundation works with the governments of Mali and Tanzania to eliminate blinding trachoma. The work in Mali has achieved 5,100 surgeries for trachomatous trichiasis (advanced trachoma), while the Tanzania project has trained 11 surgeons and managed 3,200 cases.
The most recent partnership with the Foundation will empower older people in Tanzania to seek cataract surgery. Working with Help Age, we will conduct 10,000 operations in Morogoro, Tanzania.
The Foundation is contributing to a partnership to increase funding for and efficiency of cataract interventions. The pay-for-performance mechanism will fund the development and launch of the Cameroon Cataract Performance Bond. Other investors are Fred Hollows Foundation, D. Capital and the Africa Eye Foundation.
The Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize has been presented to 20 groups over 20 years. Sightsavers has been a finalist several times.