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How can The Foundation charity restore sight for $25?
The cost of restoring sight differs country to country because of the varying development of medical services, wages, logistics and exchange rates. In some countries, our Rosebery charity can restore sight for as little as $25. Medical treatment in developed countries like Australia is expensive and can’t be compared with developing countries. Surgery is less invasive in the western world, using very advanced and costly technologies. A different, more cost effective technique is used in many developing countries. Other costs associated with surgery including real estate, equipment, nurses' wages and medical insurance. This is all much cheaper in the developing world. Another way of looking at it is, in some of the countries where we work, people may be living on only a few dollars a day. The $25 it costs for an operation as a percentage of their yearly income can be quite similar to the approximately $3000 it costs in Australia, where the average yearly income is around $50,000.
Can I visit one of The Foundation’s overseas programs?
Unfortunately, our country offices are not equipped to accommodate visitors. The work we do in country offices is around program design, coordination, health monitoring and evaluation. No medical procedures are carried out in The Foundation’s offices or by our charity staff in Rosebery. However, our partner in Nepal, the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, accepts visitors to their hospital. If you’d like to visit Tilganga to see the work carried out in partnership between our organisations, please get in touch with Mr Bhagirath Baniya, Administrator and Public Relations Manager.
Why do you work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as well as overseas?
The work we do is inspired by the late Professor Fred Hollows. He believed everyone in the world had the right to quality and affordable eye health. When 4 out of 5 people in developing countries are blind when they don’t need to be and 94% of vision loss is preventable or treatable in adult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, we think it’s an injustice not to do anything. Our Rosebery charity specialities are in developmental work, so that’s where we concentrate our efforts.