What does Fred Hollows doHow's Fred Hollows?
Biography, facts and quotes of Fred Hollow
Well, Fred's done things. As a humanist and ophthalmic surgeon, Fred has assisted tens of millions of people in Australia and more. We work like Fred towards a future in which no one is needlessly blinkered. Hollows was in Dunedin, New Zealand on April 9, 1929.
Initially he wanted to become a priest, but a vacation work in a psychiatric institution opened his mind to a different way of thought. Fred's scientific talents indicated that he was given a place in the medical profession, and after graduation Fred began to support ophthalmologists. After all, Fred became so interested in opthalmology that he decided to move to the UK to specialize in it.
In 1965, when he moved back to Australia, he became Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of New South Wales. After seeing two elderly Aborigines from Wattie Creek as a patient in his ophthalmic hospital in 1968, Fred was asked to go to their Northern Territory base.
We were shocked by the bad state of our eyes in the warehouse. It was unbelievable that Australians were living in such circumstances. He was particularly concerned about the large number of kids and grown-ups who suffered from blinded trachomas, a rare condition in the remainder of Australia.
Those events provoked Fred's outrage, driving his wish to struggle for better ocular and life support for Australian people. In the early 1970s, Fred and Gabi got to know each other during their education as orthoptists. Several years later, they worked together on the National Trachoma and East Halth Program, a trip that took them to over 465 tribal churches in Australia's Australian OT.
It was the beginning of their relations and a life-long working together to push forward the transformation in Australia's own backyards and emerging countries. He was the proud sire of Tanya, Ben, Cam, Emma, Anna-Louise, Ruth and Rosa. Fred was commissioned by the WHO to visit Nepal, Burma, Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh in 1985 and two years later to war-torn Eritrea.
This experience had a great impact on Fred and motivated him to find a way to lower the costs of eyecare and treatments in emerging world. For Fred, the need for manufacturers to manufacture inexpensive disposable crystalline crystals was a necessity. They were used to help cataracts and significantly reduced the costs of vision restoration.
With the establishment of these plants in Nepal and Eritrea, he wanted to strengthen the community. Most of the lentils were made in Australia, but they were inexpensive and available if they were made in Australia. These plants have manufactured tens of thousands of lenses and are reminiscent of Fred's lasting effect. Although he had been screened for the disease, Fred was committed to continue to push for changes in the areas that were close to his heart.
With the help of some of our good friend, Fred and Gabi founded the Fred Hollows Foundation to make sure his work would not be over. After Fred passed away on February 10, 1993, he received a state burial. It had asked to be entombed in Bourke, where he had a great love for the local population and the country.
Today we continue the work Fred has undertaken - the restoration of vision, the fight for transformation and the strengthening of the community. Today, the Fred Hollows Foundation works in more than 25 different nations and has given back more than two million people's eyesight around the world. We remain committed to ending preventable blindness.
Four out of five blindness-free individuals don't have to be - there's so much to do. It' obscenity to make humans go dark when they don' have to. It educates physicians, nursing staff, provides antibiotic distribution, collects funds for much-needed devices and health care institutions, and conducts ophthalmic surgery as Fred did more than 30 years ago.
We' re giving these guys a shot at helping themselves. Once a person's vision is regained, he has a better opportunity for a better one. He thought that everyone, wealthy or not, had the right to a cheap eyecare. We will not stop until the injustices of preventable blind in Australia and the wider Australian market are over.
We regularly provide you with information about the Foundation and report on our work to save vision around the globe.