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Indigenous Australia

Fred Hollows had a fierce determination to improve the eye health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. This mission lives on in The Foundation and much of the work we do.

Where it began

When Fred Hollows saw an injustice, he couldn’t help but do something. This is exactly what happened when he saw the inexcusable living and health conditions in Aboriginal communities.

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The National Trachoma Program

Fred wanted trachoma eradicated from Australia. To begin the task, Fred and Gabi, alongside specialists and many Aboriginal volunteers, visited more than 100,000 people in remote and rural Australia over two years.

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The Indigenous Australia Program

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults are six times more likely to go blind, but 94% of vision loss is preventable or treatable. Our program in Australia focuses on education, screening and treatment to put an end to these alarming figures.

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