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Newsletter 12/2018

Member News | Fred Hollows Update


We are delighted that the Fred Hollows Foundation, based in IHC has launched its first local fundraising appeal here in the UAE, approved by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD). License No. 1553. 

Learn more about the amazing work the Fred Hollows Foundation is doing in this region:

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Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are going blind needlessly, along with 15 million others across the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. We are doing something about it – and you can be part of the solution.

That’s why The Fred Hollows Foundation has launched our first fundraising campaign in Dubai, urgently calling for funds to help restore sight to people across the region. In many cases of avoidable blindness a simple, inexpensive surgery can often transform a life. We know what to do – we just need your help.

Will you please help us change lives in the region, and help restore sight with a donation today? 

The Foundation continues the work of late Australian ophthalmologist Professor Fred Hollows. He showed us that sight could be restored for as little as 70 AED in some countries. But more than that – he gave us our belief that no one should ever go blind needlessly, no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they have.

“The alternative is to do nothing, and that’s not an alternative.” - Our founder, Professor Fred Hollows

Please join our movement with an urgent donation today.

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The Fred Hollows Foundation runs many sight-saving humanitarian programs across the region and the world, including treatment of Rohingya refugees in the camps in Bangladesh where more than a million people await help in desperate conditions. We were shocked to learn that as many as 50,000 Rohingya refugees were blind from cataract, a condition which can be easily treated with a simple operation.

The thought of people being blind in these conditions unnecessarily is harrowing. And while blindness is just one of many problems the Rohingya refugees face, it’s a problem that The Fred Hollows Foundation can help fix. We’re working alongside partners in Bangladesh to help by:

  • Supporting 3,000 cataract operations this year and up to 40,000 cataract operations over the next three years.
  • Continuing to support the only eye hospital in the region by training more eye health workers.

By making a donation, you can make a lasting difference to people like Shamsun, who escaped unimaginable horror before arriving at Cox’s Bazar refugee camp in Bangladesh. Read her harrowing story on our newly launched UAE website.

“The Rohingya have never been able to access any type of doctor before. Fleeing from violence while also being blind is unimaginable. The UAE, through the International Humanitarian City, has shown great leadership to help alleviate the suffering faced by Rohingya people. We hope this fundraising appeal will also give them a new life through the gift of sight,” said The Foundation’s Board Chair John Brumby.

Please help provide the gift of sight by making a donation today.

For more information, please contact:

Nicola Lee, Partnership Manager – Dubai, UAE | The Fred Hollows Foundation


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