Fred Hollows Foundation

Who we are

Photo courtesy Frank Violi/Telegraph Mirror.

Our vision is for a world where no one is needlessly blind, and Indigenous Australians enjoy the same health and life expectancy as other Australians.

The Fred Hollows Foundation is inspired by the work of the late Professor Fred Hollows (1929-1993).

Fred was an eye doctor, a skilled surgeon of international renown and a social justice activist who championed the right of all people to high quality and affordable eye care and to good health.

The Foundation was established in Sydney on 3 September 1992, just five months before Fred passed away, with the aim to continue his work.

Fred was committed to improving the health of Indigenous Australians and to reducing the     cost of eye health care and treatment in developing countries. He had already started project work in Eritrea, Vietnam and Indigenous Australia.

Since those early days, The Foundation has gone on to work with countries throughout Africa, Asia (South and South East) and Australia focusing on blindness prevention and Australian Indigenous health.

Through reducing the cost of cataract operations to as little as $25 in some developing countries, and through skills training programs and the development of new technologies, we have helped to restore the sight of more than 1,000,000 people worldwide.

What we do

We work for a world where no-one is needlessly blind and Indigenous Australians enjoy the same life expectancy as other Australians.

The Foundation works internationally on comprehensive quality eye care, with a focus on cataract. In Australia, The Foundation is committed to roles as both partner and advocate of effective health programs for Indigenous Australians.

We work with blindness prevention organisations in over 19 countries throughout Africa and Asia:

  • To develop or strengthen the local health infrastructure, and
  • To seek sustainable solutions to issues of inequitable access to health programs and affordability of services

Our Achievements                          Record results for 2009

With the help of our supporters, The Foundation reached more people in 2009 than ever before.

The Foundation:

  • Looked into the eyes of 1,765,079 people
  • Performed 195,406 eye operations and treatments – up from 176,472 in 2008
  • Trained 5,878 eye health workers, including 85 surgeons – up from 5,217 in 2008
  • Provided $2,543,003 worth of essential medical equipment
  • Built or upgraded 19 eye health facilities
  • Carried out successful eye programs in the Northern Territory, and new initiatives to ‘close the gap’ in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
  • Extended our programs into new areas such as Lao PDR and Burundi.