Supporting Sustainable Practices that Increase Surgical Volumes, Contribute to Educational & Technological Improvements, and Grow the Sector of Ophthalmology in HondurasNavigation
Your donation lets the blind see again. We're their only hope.
There are at least 50,000 people needlessly blind from cataracts in Honduras, one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Sight can be restored for virtually all of these people with a 15 minute surgery and about $100 worth of resources. Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world and are also one of the easiest to fix, given proper resources.
In the early 1990’s, Atlanta ophthalmologist Alan Kozarsky began working with Atlanta physician Steve Wilks and Honduran ophthalmologist Carlos Gonzalez to bring regular cataract surgery brigades to Honduras. These brigades restored sight for several hundred poor Hondurans each year who otherwise would not have had access to surgery. In 2008, Alan Kozarsky and Kyle Coffey founded ECHO Foundation as a US non-profit to grow this effort.
Phase One: 12 crowdfunding campaigns over 3 years = $180K in improvements to our partner hospital contributing to increased surgical volumes.
Originally envisioned as a stand-alone surgical facility, Unidos Visión has evolved into a plan to promote sustainability, increase surgical volumes, and improve education and technology by building on existing in-country resources. We believe that contributing to existing in-country resources is the most effective and efficient way to contribute to overall sector growth of ophthalmology in Honduras.
“It is incredible that there are over 50,000 Hondurans that are blind from cataracts 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, have initiated a humanitarian campaign to aid underprivileged patients in Honduras. Blindness from cataract is the most common cause of blindness in the world. Fortunately, the condition can be easily treated with modern cataract surgery.