Floods devastate Nepal prompting Foundation to support relief fund Floods devastate Nepal prompting Foundation to support relief fund

Floods devastate Nepal prompting Foundation to support relief fund

The relief fund for victims of the Nepal's recent devastating floods will receive a $10,000 contribution The Fred Hollows Foundation provided to its Nepalese partner hospital, Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology.

More than 16 million people across South Asia have been affected by severe flooding, with Nepal particularly hard hit. Up to 250 people have been killed in the region.

The donation would assist with emergency relief for those left homeless by the disastrous flooding, said The Foundation’s Director of Public Affairs, Nick Martin.

"While our main focus will always be on preventing avoidable blindness, Tilganga and The Fred Hollows Foundation believe in doing what we can to help during emergencies," Mr Martin said.

"These floods have devastated the poorest areas of Nepal and The Fred Hollows Foundation wants to play our small part to help in relief efforts. 

"Our thoughts are with everyone across South Asia who has been affected by the floods."

The donation by The Foundation matches one made by Tilganga, which has welcomed the support and commitment from its long-term partner to helping the people of Nepal.

"The flooding and landslides have devastated large areas of Nepal and left at least 70 people dead and thousands of people homeless," said Dr Sanduk Ruit, Tilganga Founder and Executive Director.

"The Fred Hollows Foundation has again generously agreed to help the people of Nepal in their time of need.

"The Foundation joined Tilganga in emergency relief after the 2015 earthquake and we are working together again to assist with this latest disaster."

The Fred Hollows Foundation's support for Nepal goes back more than 25 years when Fred Hollows first visited the central Himalayan country in the 1980s.

Last year in Nepal, The Foundation, with Tilganga, performed almost 300,000 eye operations and treatments, trained 633 people, built one medical facility and provided almost $300,000 in medical equipment.

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