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Project report

Train 260 community eye health workers, Eastern Cape South Africa , RUN BY: The Fred Hollows Foundation | STATUS: COMPLETED

Class of 99. Ophthalmic Nurses and Clinic Supervisors on the Primary Eye Care Training, Eastern Cape Province (Photo by the Fred Hollows Foundation)

This project is 100% Funded



AUD 39,627

Raised from 13,815 people

The Project which was based in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, provided comprehensive primary eye care training and involved over 350 health workers during 2009.   The program was designed by, and master trainers were provided by, the International Centre of Eye Care Education with The Fred Hollows Foundation implementing the program.

Project outcomes

The results were amazing:

  • 27 ophthalmic nurses and clinic supervisors were trained in primary eye care.  Of these 27 people, 24 then undertook a further 2-day primary eye care “train the trainer” program
  • 105 professional nurses were trained by these newly appointed trainers, but with the guidance and assistance of the master trainer from the original training organisation
  • 250 community health workers are in the process of being trained in primary eye care by these professional nurses

In addition, The Fred Hollows Foundation South Africa has supported three nurses to undertake a 12-month ophthalmic nursing course.  Initially, this training was planned to take place at the Lilitha Nursing College, however due to delays in commencing this course in Lilitha, the training will take place at the Baragwanath Hospital in Johannesburg.
There are another 6 nurses scheduled for training as ophthalmic nurses in Baragwanath in early 2010.   

Future of this project

The Fred Hollows Foundation will continue to monitor the eye health workers who have been trained by The Foundation and to monitor the results of this training which will be an increase in the number of sight-restoring surgeries performed in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

How was it this funded?

Thanks to hundreds of tiny donations from these online businesses and their customers.

World Nomads USA
World Nomads Canada
***World Nomads UK
The Fred Hollows Foundation

The Fred Hollows Foundation is an international development organisation working towards eliminating avoidable blindness and improving Indigenous Australian health. We are inspired by Professor Fred Hollows, a humanitarian, eye surgeon and social activist. Established in 1992, The Foundation continues in Fred’s footsteps and now works in more than 25 countries around the world and here in Australia. Working with in-country partners, we perform surgeries, deliver local training, provide equipment, educate about eye health and advocate for change.