The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ

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HELP RAISE $70,000 FOR A REVOLUTIONARY SIGHT SAVING CAMERA FOR VANUATU.

This Christmas series we are running in partnership with the NZ Herald to bring gift of sight Vanuatu where four out of five people who are blind don’t need to be. Alarmingly, an increasing number of these are young people, suffering from diabetes eye disease.

The series, which started on December 3, aims to raise $70,000 for a much-needed sight-saving camera that can detect diabetes eye disease, for the country of Vanuatu. We are working to have the camera there by February when Vanuatu’s first permanent eye doctor, Foundation-trained Dr Kasso, returns home to head the new eye clinic.

How much is this camera needed? Recently, our Pacific outreach team saw 200 patients in a week. Two thirds of them had eye damage arising from diabetes that could have been detected much earlier with this camera.

While the camera will not cure diabetes eye disease, it is an essential tool in early detection and diagnosis which can lessen its blinding consequences.

Your donation will be a very important Christmas present for the hundreds of people in Vanuatu who suffer from the same condition.

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The Fred Hollows Foundation carries on the work of a legendary New Zealander, the late Professor Fred Hollows. Fred was an internationally acclaimed eye surgeon and social justice activist who championed the right of all people to high quality and affordable eye care. The Fred Hollows Foundation shares Fred’s vision of a world where no one is needlessly blind, and works to end avoidable blindness in 30 developing countries across Asia, Africa and the Pacific.

The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ works in the Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste where four out of five people who are blind don’t need to be; their condition is preventable or treatable. We restore sight to the needlessly blind and train local eye health specialists to provide eye care services in their own communities.

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This organisation page was created on 18 Nov 2008.

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