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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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News from Sightsavers

Schoolgirl and trachoma champion Safira Mwale shows how to wash her face with a tippy tap by her home near Kasungu in Malawi, August 29, 2018.
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Sightsavers to host ‘Build a tippy tap’ challenge at the Science Museum

Sightsavers will be joining the free Science Museum Lates event, ‘The Measure of All Things’ on the 29 May 2019.

A doctor examine a man outside in rural Zambia.
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‘Keep Sight’ project will train eye care staff to treat glaucoma in Nigeria

The initiative, run by Sightsavers, Allergan and the IAPB, initially aims to train 50 eye care workers, with the goal of screening 5,000 people and treating 500 patients.

Posters for the film event, with the words 'Brand Film Festival 2019'.
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Sightsavers scoops a second film award

A film highlighting Sightsavers’ work has won an accolade in the Brand Film Festival Awards, and is the second film award in one week for the organisation.

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