News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Eye care charity launches podcast series

Eye care charity launches podcast series

For immediate release: 15 October 2013

The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ today announced the launch of a podcast series to inform and inspire listeners interested in the issues of eye care, development and public health. The regular instalments of 10 minute conversations invite listeners into in depth discussions with key staff, development experts and even patients who’ve had their sight restored by The Foundation.  

Andrew Bell, Executive Director of The Foundation, said the platform offered a new way to share the challenges and successes of the organisation’s international work.

“Our doctors and nurses work in 13 countries spread across a huge area from Kiribati to Timor-Leste,” Bell said. “Every day our teams are overcoming incredible challenges in order to help more people see. The podcast platform is another way for our supporters to get a sense of the issues they deal with and the work they make possible.”

The first discussion focuses on trachoma and the work of Dr Richard Vipond. Vipond has been hired by The Foundation to assess the options for evaluating and taking action on trachoma in the Pacific. Bell emphasised how the conversation helps to highlight some of the medical research and strategic planning that underpins their development work.  

“The Foundation is a multifaceted, vibrant organisation that’s working on several fronts to help end avoidable blindness,” he said. “We hope this series will highlight that diversity and dynamism.”

The podcasts are being recorded at the NZ Radio Training School in Auckland. The series will feature a mixture of studio conversations, telephone interviews and on-location recordings from surgical outreaches in the Pacific.  

For Bell, the series also brings supporters into some of the policy and development discussions impacting The Foundation’s work.

“For the past 20 years, we’ve emphasised the direct impact that donors can have by restoring someone’s sight with a $25 donation,” said Bell. “This remains central to the story of our work but we’re also keen to share the insights into the context of our work and the experiences of the people who make this happen.”

In addition to the staff who help implement Fred Hollows’ vision of a world where no one is needlessly blind, Bell says the platform also offers a chance to hear from experts from other organisations.

“This is not just a conversation about our work,” said Bell. “We’ll be speaking with academics, government leaders and respected experts who will bring their ideas and perspectives to the questions of development and health care in the Pacific.”

The Foundation will feature the podcasts on its website, hollows.org.nz/listen and will explore possibilities to broadcast selections with radio stations in NZ.  

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

TV3 Video: NZ Praised For Sportsmanship After Cricket World Cup Final Loss

New Zealand may have been outplayed in the Cricket World Cup final by Australia, but received praise worldwide for their graciousness in defeat. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Werewolf: Finding Love In Hell

Will it really be 25 years in May since David Lynch’s Wild at Heart won big at Cannes, nabbing no less than the Palme d’Or? Amazing but true, and yet the film that was briefly Lynch’s most feted, now seems to be his most forgotten. More>>

ALSO:

Cricket: Dramatic Win Puts Black Caps In Finals

In Parliament: When Parliament resumed at 2pm the House passed a motion on a voice vote admiring the performance of the New Zealand cricket team in last night’s World Cup semi-final and wishing them well for the final on the weekend. More>>

ALSO:

Moon Shot/Kills Switch: The X Factor Judges Removed

MediaWorks has today decided that Natalia Kills and Willie Moon are no longer suitable to judge The X Factor and have removed them from the show. MediaWorks CEO, Mark Weldon, said that last night on The X Factor both Kills and Moon made comments that were completely unacceptable. More>>

ALSO:

Tessa Nichol: Up Up & Away In The Wairarapa

It’s an overcast morning in the Wairarapa but the mood on the ground in Carterton’s Carrington Park is anything but grey. More than 20 hot air balloons are getting ready to take off into the cloudy sky to mark the start of this year’s Wairarapa Balloon Festival. More>>

Golden Shears: Scotsman Wins Golden Shears Open Final

A Scottish shearer who settled in New Zealand to farm in Taranaki has become the first shearer from overseas to win the Golden Shears Open Shearing Championship. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news