The Fred Hollows Foundation, an international NGO founded by Australian eye surgeon, Professor Fred Hollows, opened a series of conferences for community eye-care workers in central Vietnam this week.
A two-day conference opened July 15 in Thua Thien-Hue Province , and another two-day conference will begin in neighboring Quang Binh Province on July 19.
Two conferences will open in the northern provinces of Thai Binh and Hai Duong on July 21.
Participant eye-care workers will discuss healthcare communications and their experiences with patients, particularly those in remote areas.
The FHF has worked in Vietnam since 1993, after Professor Fred Hollows first visited the country in early 1992.
The foundation has provided free eye screening and surgeries for the poor in 16 provinces.
It has funded the building of several eye hospitals and eye-care centers in Vietnam. It has also trained eye-care staff, and has helped the country intensify disease control and eye health communications.