Supporting Sustainable Practices that Increase Surgical Volumes, Contribute to Educational & Technological Improvements, and Grow the Sector of Ophthalmology in HondurasNavigation
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Each year, 50,000 people are needlessly blind from cataracts in Honduras, one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Many other Hondurans are in need of proper eye care, both surgical and non-surgical.
Since 1994, Drs. Kozarsky (US), Wilks (US), and Gonzalez (HN) have been working together to provide this desperately needed aid to Honduras. Welcome to OperationECHO.org, the website dedicated to raising awareness of this long-running US to Honduras humanitarian eye mission.
Follow our progress as we plan for and implement Unido Visión, a high-quality, self-sustaining surgical eye eye care center that will serve all Hondurans in unprecedented ways.
“A world class, internationally accredited, and financially sustainable surgical facility that will provide more and higher quality ophthalmological services to affluent, low income, and indigent Hondurans.” -Dr. Peter Roberts, Academic Director, Social Enterprise @ Goizueta, Emory University.
The Unidos Visión surgical center is a natural outgrowth of the long-running Honduras ophthalmology mission of Drs. Kozarsky, Wilks, Gonzalez, and many others. Primary stakeholders in this effort include ECHO and the Social Enterprise Initiative at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. The surgery center is scheduled to open in early 2014 and is intended to compliment, not compete with, existing ophthalmology efforts in Honduras (both in-country and mission-based).
“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, are initiating a new humanitarian campaign to aid underprivileged patients in Central America. Blindness from cataracts is the most common cause of blindness in many third world nations. Fortunately, the condition can be easily treated with modern cataract surgery.