Australia’s Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF) will provide 7.6 billion VND (360,000 USD) for a comprehensive eye-care project in southern Vinh Long province for the 2013–16 period.

A memorandum of understanding to this effect was signed by Director of the provincial Department of Public Health, Tran Van Ut, and Director of the FHF Vietnam Office, Huynh Tan Phuc, in the locality on November 22.

The project will help improve infrastructure and provide eye-care services at affordable prices. It will also extend the comprehensive eye-care models to all 8 towns and districts in the province, contributing to reducing the number of cases of blindness and sight impairments from avoidable causes.

From 2009 to 2012, FHF also funded a similar project, offering training in cataract surgery and eye-care to over 900 doctors, nurses, medical technicians and teachers.

The project helped upgrade local hospitals to common eye diseases, provided ophthalmological equipment to 5 districts and offered cataract surgeries to 6,200 patients and eye tests to over 38,000 students.-VNA