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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

A male Tropical Data trainer shows female trainee how to identify what trachoma follicles would look like by using small, circular, red stickers with five white dots on their thumbs.
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Huge increase in Tropical Data surveys means more people are checked for trachoma

More than 700 surveys to track levels of blinding trachoma have been completed globally in the past year as part of the Tropical Data initiative.

October 2019
An eye health worker talking to a group of women about eye care
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Sightsavers and partners help to halve blindness cases in remote Indian Sundarbans

Before the Sightsavers eye health programme in the Sundarbans started, one in every 40 people over the age of 50 in the region was blind. Today, that number has dropped to one in 80.

October 2019
Mercia Cumaio.
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Sightsavers Mozambique’s Mercia Cumaio named Eye Health Hero

The accolades, awarded by the IAPB, recognise eight young and upcoming leaders who are making a difference in eye health.

October 2019

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