Supporting Sustainable Practices that Increase Surgical Volumes, Contribute to Educational & Technological Improvements, and Grow the Sector of Ophthalmology in HondurasNavigation
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20 million people worldwide are blind from cataract, a condition that can be surgically corrected in about 15 minutes with $100 worth of resources. 160,000 of these cataract blind people live in Honduras, one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere. Honduras has the lowest cataract surgery rate in Latin America, and a very low number of surgically active ophthalmologists.
ECHO Foundation and it’s founders have been bringing surgery brigades to Honduras for over 20 years. In 2011, ECHO partnered with Emory University’s Social Enterprise @ Goizueta to research and plan ways to contribute to sustainable growth of the ophthalmology sector in Honduras. This sustainability initiative is known as Unidos Visión.
“It is incredible that there are 160,000 Hondurans that are blind from cataract just two and a half airline hours from Atlanta; this is an international health issue that can definitely be solved.” -Dr. Alan Kozarsky
The doctors of Eye Consultants of Atlanta and its refractive surgery division, Piedmont Better Vision, initiated a humanitarian campaign with ECHO Foundation several years ago to aid underprivileged patients in Honduras.