20120330 ADDC Bulletin

Welcome to the 30th March, 2012 ADDC’s Bulletin.
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Helping restore vision in Cambodia

Australia's support to the Vision 2020 Australia Global Consortium, including the Fred Hollows Foundation, has contributed to more than 30,000 eye consultations and screenings and 7,900 sight-restoring cataract surgeries since 2008. Photo: Nick Sells
Senator Bob Carr began his first overseas trip as Foreign Minister on 25 March by visiting the Fred Hollows Foundation facility at the Siem Reap Regional Eye Hospital in Cambodia. The hospital was established in 2011 through the support of the Australian Government’s Avoidable Blindness Initiative.
Many patients who visit the hospital have severe vision impairment or are blind due to cataracts or refractive error. A simple 15 minute cataract operation or the provision of spectacles can restore their sight—allowing them to live independently and freeing up those caring for them to work or attend school.