Australia’s Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF) and Thai Binh province’s Health Department on Feb. 23 signed an agreement for a 19 billion VND project to develop a model of comprehensive eye care during 2012-15 in the Red River delta province.

The FHF is a non-governmental organisation established in 1992 to help developing countries worldwide set up and implement blind prevention programmes as well as helps visually impaired people.

In 2009, the FHF started a 7.5 billion USD project in Thai Binh to upgrade the province’s optical services, provide medical equipment and hold training courses to improve the capacity of its medical staff.

In 2012, Thai Binh is one of 11 provinces which will continue to receive the FHF’s support. The project will focus on eye care in the six districts of Quynh Phu, Kien Xuong, Tien Hai, Hung Ha, Dong Hung and Thai Thuy.

The foundation has pledged to provide 3.3 million USD for Vietnam ’s 2012 blind prevention programme./.