The Fred Hollows Foundation
The Fred Hollows Foundation (The Foundation) is a secular non-profit public health organisation based in Australia, which was founded in 1992 by eminent eye surgeon Professor Fred Hollows. The Foundation focuses on strengthening eye health systems and the treatment and prevention of avoidable blindness caused by Cataract, Trachoma, Diabetic Retinopathy, and Refractive Error. The Foundation operates in more than 20 countries across Australia, The Pacific, South and South East Asia, and Africa. The Foundation was named The Australian Charity of the Year 2013 in the inaugural Australian Charity Awards.
The Foundation first visited Vientiane in February 2006 to investigate the opportunity to support blindness prevention activities. This preliminary meeting was followed in April 2006 by site assessments in Vientiane and the north of Lao PDR as well as consultations with partners and other agencies. Subsequently, a PDD was approved for the Phase I of “The Sustainable Comprehensive Eye Care Project” (SCEC) in 2007. In 2014, The Foundation implemented Phase 2 of SCEC in 10 provinces which just ended in December 2020. Apart from the SCEC, The Foundation has been implementing a project on Gender equity and social inclusion in Eye health in partnership with Gender Development Association and a project on Laos PDR National Eye Health Workforce Development in partnership with University of Health Sciences, Nursery Faculty and National Ophthalmology Centre.
Address:Unit 601, Level 6, Royal Square Office, NongDuang-Nua Street, Nongduang-Nua Village, Sikhottabong District, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR