The Pacific Eye Institute is an initiative of The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ.

The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ is a non profit organisation committed to eradicating avoidable blindness in developing countries. It has established programs throughout the Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste.

The Pacific regional program focuses on the delivery of longer term, accredited training for eye health workers from throughout the region, with courses delivered through the Pacific Eye Institute. Emphasis is placed on supporting graduates of these courses back in their own countries with essential infrastructure, ongoing training, and working with ministries of health to ensure the eye health workers are best enabled to perform the tasks they have been trained to do.

To date the program has included collaborations with ministries of health and eye care personnel of Fiji, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Niue, Nauru, Samoa, the Cook Islands and Tonga. The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ is committed to long-term sustainability, which means working with local people to ensure they are trained and equipped to continue sight restoring work without being dependent on outside help and support. The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ’s approach is flexible, responsive and systematic. It works collaboratively with local communities, non-government organisations, governments, corporate and philanthropic groups.
Find out more about The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ.


3_john_szetu_155Dr Biu Sikivou, The New Director of PEI

Following the departure of Dr Jim Stewart, PEI’s second director, near the end of 2015, Dr Biu Sikivou took up this role in August 2015.     

Dr Sikivou has been working in the field of ophthalmology for the past 25 years, at the CWM Hospital, in private practice and for the Pacific Eye Institute, a Fred Hollows Foundation initiative.

Dr Sikivou graduated from the then Fiji School of Medicine now known as Fiji National University.  Later, she completed the Master of Science in Ophthalmology, and the Post Graduate Diploma in Optometry/Low Vision from the University of Melbourne. 

Since 1984 Dr Biu has a long standing record of working within the Ministry of Health in Eye Care and in 2009 she was asked to join the Pacific Eye Institute as the Lead Ophthalmologist for the Diabetes Eye Care Programme. Dr Biu said she was more than happy to take up the role, “not only because of the great need to re-establish a vibrant diabetic retinopathy programme in the central division, which was lacking compared to western and northern divisions, but also because I felt indebted to Fred Hollows NZ (who is an initiation of the Pacific Eye Institute) for contributing so much to my personal learning experience and to eye care in Fiji as a whole”. Dr Biu was also the first chairperson for Vision 2020, an initiative launched in Fiji, 2002 to stop preventable blindness by 2020, adopted from the World Health Organisation. 

This is the first time that Pacific Eye Institute has employed a local female as the Director of the institute and we congratulate Dr Biu Sikivou in this new appointment. 

 

News & Updates


Two of the Fred Hollows Foundation NZ’s best ophthalmologists have been recognised as Eye Health Heroes by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB),

Following the departure of Dr Jim Stewart, PEI’s second director, near the end of 2015, Dr Biu Sikivou took up this role in August 2015.

  • Navua/Squatters          30 January  - 3 March                                                           
  • Wainibokasi                 6 March - 31 March                                                                        
  • Sigatoka                     3 April - 5 May  
  • Lautoka                      8 May- 16 June                                                                 
  • Nadi                           27 June- 11 August                                                                         
  • Ba                              14 August - 15 September                                                                           
  • Yaqara                        18-22 September                                                                            
  • Tavua                         25 September - 20 October                                                                        
  • Rakiraki                      6 -24 November 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Feb 15- Feb 24      ------ --Wainibokasi Hospital
  • March 29- April 22  ------ Suva Settlements (Waileya & Nanuku) 
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