1. Describe how the efforts of public, private, not-for-profit agencies, faith based groups and you as a professional, can result in the realisation of a more just global community.
2. Critically analyse the challenges with realising aspirations of the common good in your professional community, locally and globally.
3. Critique a global issue where shared responsibility for the common good is not being realised, and propose ways to address this challenge.
This poster is going to elaborate about the organisation- Fred Hollows Foundation, Australia. It has presented a brief overview of the organisation and how it contributes to the common goods by their operation. It would shed light on the overall operation of this organisation along with presenting its mission and vision towards the betterment of the communities suffering from blindness.
Overview of Organisation
- Fred Hollows Foundation is a non-profit organisation
- It aims at putting an end to the avoidable blindness through proper medication, education, surgery, training and prevention (Oguro & Burridge, 2016). It is continuously working for improving the life choices and chances of indigenous Australian by improving their health.
- They has different blindness prevention programs that are operating in 25 nations throughout South East Asia,, South Asia and Africa including Nepal and Vietnam. It works to provide full range of eye health services like screening, health promotion, curative treatment, rehabilitation and prevention.
- The organisation is working through strong partnerships as well as cross-sector collaboration at both local, national and global levels. They are in a mission of ending avoidable blindness and are working globally, in more than twenty five different nations at present to achieve their goal. The organisation has restored the sight of more than two and a half million people around the world.
Contribution to the Common Good
- Lack of education in women means that they are not aware that help exist and how to get access to it. Hence, the organisation have created gender programs, has taken education initiatives and also has advocated the local and national governments (Penrose et al., 2018). They also train nurses and the eye care workers from the rural health units as well as support diabetes education training programs
- In Cambodia they had developed a pioneering project for addressing the issue of gender inequities in eye health in partnership with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, the Ministry of Health and the National Program for Eye Health.
- They have donated many equipment and technologies for the betterment of the communities. Two of the best known examples to mention are- they donated more than twenty lakh dollars of equipment to many facilities in Northern territory and five different clinic around South East Queensland. It donated two retinal cameras as well to the Sunrise Health Service, which is an Aboriginal Community Controlled health Organization.
- Also, they engaged in partnership with the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet for improving the accessibility to information on the eye health conditions, eye treatments and prevention (Lee et al., 2018).
- They have also provided input into one of the landmark of National Eye Health Survey that have highlighted the gap in the eye health in between the Torres Strait Islander people and the Aboriginal and the other Australians.
My Professional Contribution
Being a nursing professional, I could contribute to the mission of Fred hollows foundation in the following ways:
- I could provide with medical care to the patients who have undergone eye operation or surgery
- After the emergency relief, I could apply my leadership skills to educate them about living a healthier life and what to omit from their daily routine so that their eyesight could remain healthy
- I could train them how to survive and prevent the blindness to occur again
- I would give them both physical and mental care and would encourage them to learn that they are no way inferior to a normal and healthy human being, If they want then they too can lead a normal life like them
- I would motivate them and provide them proper counselling.