Fred Hollows Foundation

The Fred Hollows Foundation has restored sight to millions of the world’s most vulnerable people over more than 20 years by supporting local health workers and national governments to build sustainable eye health systems in more than 45 countries.  Ninety per cent of blind people live in developing countries. The Fred Hollows Foundation enables the world’s poorest to access life-changing eye health services including screenings, eye surgery and other treatments. The Foundation’s three disease priorities are Cataract (leading cause of avoidable blindness globally), Diabetic Retinopathy (approx 295 million people globally could develop DR by 2035), and Trachoma, the leading infectious cause of blindness in the world. The Foundation is an active participant in the International Coalition for Trachoma Control, which advocates for the implementation of the World Health Organization’s SAFE strategy (surgery, antibiotics, facial cleanliness and environmental change).  Trachoma is most prevalent in poor and remote communities with poor access to water and sanitation. Women are twice as likely as men to experience visual impairment from trachoma.

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