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The Foundation

The Fred Hollows Foundation today

The Foundation works in more than 25 countries and has restored sight to 3 million people.

We are driven by Fred’s vision to eliminate avoidable blindness, for all to have access to quality health services and to stand up for what is right. We believe that collaboration, getting things done with integrity, and empowering local communities is the best way to make a difference.

The Foundation is overseen by our Board of Directors, which includes Gabi Hollows. CEO Ian Wishart leads day-to-day operations, and we’re still advised by Fred’s great mate and fellow humanitarian, Dr Sanduk Ruit. We are independent, not-for-profit, politically unaligned and secular.

The Fred Hollows Foundation - Dubai became a registered member of the International Humanitarian City in 2017. We are proud to be working with the UAE community to end avoidable blindness around the globe.


Annual reports

Please click here to access our Annual Reports on The Fred Hollows Foundation international site.


Our partners

Our Strategic Partners

  • World Health Organisation
  • International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
  • Vision2020
  • International Council of Ophthalmology
  • International Coalition for Trachoma Control
  • WHO Alliance for the Global Elimination of Trachoma by 2020
  • Neglected Tropical Disease NGO Network
  • International Trachoma Initiative
  • Australian Council for International Development
  • Global Partnership for Education
  • International Diabetes Federation
  • Sightsavers
  • Helen Keller International
  • Brien Holden Vision Institute

Our Regional Partners



  • HealthNet TPO
  • Kabul Medical University Eye Hospital
  • National Committee for Eye Health Afghanistan


  • Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Bangladesh
  • National Institute of Ophthalmology and Hospital
  • SHER-E-BANGLA Medical College & Hospital
  • Khulna Medical College & Hospital
  • Barisal District Hospital
  • Jhalokati District Hospital
  • Pirojpur District Hospital
  • Kushtia District Hospital
  • Brahman Baria District Hospital
  • Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation for Diabetes
  • Diabetic Association Society Bangladesh
  • Ispahani Islamia Eye Institute and Hospital
  • Nizam Hasina Foundation
  • BNSB Chandpur
  • BNSB Khulna
  • Bangladesh Jatiya Andha Kalayan Somti
  • Lion’s Eye Hospital
  • Paribar Kallayan Samity
  • Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association
  • Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association
  • Awaj Foundation
  • International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh
  • Baitush Sharaf Eye Hospital


  • Yangon Eye Hospital


  • Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology
  • Geta Eye Hospital
  • Ramlal Golchha Eye Hospital Foundation
  • Shree Janaki Eye Hospital
  • The Social Welfare Council
  • The Apex Body for Eye Health/Ministry of Health and Population
  • Ministry of Women Children and Social Welfare


  • St. John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group


  • Health Department, Government of Punjab, Sindh, KPK, Balochistan, AJ&K and GB. 
  • College of Ophthlamology & Allied Vision Sciences, Lahore 
  • Pakistan Institute of Community Ophthalmology, Peshawar
  • Sindh Institute of Ophthalmology & Visual Science, Hyderabad
  • Helpers Eye Hospital Quetta 
  • PCB Cell Karachi
  • CEC Cells AJ & K and GB
  • LRBT Hospital Karachi
  • Ghurki Trust Teaching hospital Lahore
  • Lahore General Hospital Lahore