Across Pakistan nearly one in ten people are visually impaired, with more than two million people blind in both eyes. The Foundation has a strong partnership with the Government of Pakistan and is working in all four provinces of the country.

Our work in pakistan

More than two million people in Pakistan are living with blindness and visual impairment, with cataract the leading cause of avoidable blindness for people 50 years and older. Nearly 42% of school children have conditions related to refractive error.  
Although more than 85% of blindness in Pakistan is avoidable for people who are 30 years of age or older, accessing efficient and affordable comprehensive eye care services remains a challenge. This is mainly due to a lack of human resources, health financing, equipment and adequate services allocations. 
47.9% of blindness in Pakistan is caused by cataract 

  • More than 1.8 million people in the country are blind
  • 96,000 children are blind
  • Retinal disease is the leading cause of visual impairment among children

We are working with our partners to end avoidable blindness by investing in eye health workers and advocating for a comprehensive and integrated eye care system.
The Fred Hollows Foundation has been working in Pakistan since 1998 and has restored sight to millions of people, with almost 6 million people accessing eye health care services. 
The Foundation was one of the key organisations that contributed to halving the blindness rate from 1.8% to 0.9% or people (1.8 million to 1.3 million) in less than 15 years. Currently, The Foundation and its partners are focusing on treating diabetic retinopathy, refractive error and cataract through comprehensive eye care programs for agricultural and female cottage workers, and helping to reduce poverty by eliminating trachoma and improving early intervention. 

The Foundation's Pakistan program is partially supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).

Further, Government provided platforms to FHF Pakistan for advocacy, implementation and remained receptive for health system strengthening.

The Foundation is working in 10 districts across Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces.

Hundreds go blind in Pakistan every day. It shouldn’t happen.

In Pakistan, hundreds of people go blind every day, often from preventable causes like cataract. Four out of five people who are blind don't need to be.

The Foundation's aim is to build up Pakistan's existing health system and help to create sustainable eye care services that reach every corner of the country.


Helping people see

  • 349,982 people screened
  • 11,814 eye operations and treatments performed including:
  • 8,936 cataract operations
  • 37 surgeries to treat Trachoma
  • 90 diabetic retinopathy treatments performed
  • 2,751 other sight saving or improving interventions
  • 45,831 pairs of glasses distributed

Investing in people

  • 4,211 people trained including:
  • 4 surgeons
  • 3,853 community health workers
  • 354 teachers
  • 165,354 school children and community members educated in eye health

Equipment and Technology

  • 9 medical facilities built or renovated 
  • 12 medical facilities equipped
  • 303 schools equipped