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The Fred Hollows Foundation

The Fred Hollows Foundation was founded in 1992, inspired by the work of the late Professor Fred Hollows (1929–1993). Hollows was a skilled ophthalmologist who worked tirelessly to reduce the cost of eye health care and treatment among indigenous communities in Australia and developing countries.

Sightsavers’ partnership with the Fred Hollows Foundation sees us working together from opposite sides of the world to achieve our vision of eliminating avoidable blindness.

One of our main areas of cooperation is in combating blinding trachoma, a bacterial eye infection that affects more than a billion of the world’s poorest people. Sightsavers has launched a fast-track initiative to eliminate trachoma by 2020, and we are working with the Foundation to implement the World Health Organization’s recommended SAFE strategy: a combination of surgery, antibiotics, face washing and environmental improvement.

We’re also collaborating on operational research; advocating for human resource development for eye care professionals; working to influence governments to raise the profile of eye health; and strengthening local health care by developing staff and operational systems.

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