Unidos Visión Sustainability Initiative
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
In 2013, ECHO forged a strategic partnership with a local non-profit eye hospital, the San Pedro Sula Lions’ Eye Hospital Fraternidad. Hospital Fraternidad became the exclusive site for ECHO’s volunteer surgery brigades, and the initial focus of ECHO’s Unidos Visión sustainability initiative.
In 2014, ECHO and Social Enterprise @ Goizueta developed and began an innovative program to make strategic equipment and infrastructure investments at Hospital Fraternidad to support growth in surgical volumes. A half dozen linked crowdfunding campaigns spread over 3 years have resulted in more than $250K in improvements for Hospital Fraternidad. To date, this program has successfully brought improvements such as new operating microscopes, phacoemulsification (ultrasonic cataract removal) machines, teaching tools such as microscope cameras/ monitors & teaching heads, improved diagnostic equipment, and improved OR and exam room fixtures that have supported a threefold increase in cataract surgery volumes.