Guatemala--A Five-Year Effort

Five organizations have partnered for a five-year effort to bring high-quality eye care and vision-saving eye surgery to one of Guatemala’s neediest communities in the Baja Verapaz region—The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Foundation (ASCRS Foundation), the University of Utah’s Moran Eye Center, The Hope Alliance, Alcon and Lions Club International. The effort launched with an initial, nine-day mission in August 2014 and included ophthalmologist and U.S. Senator Rand Paul, MD (R-KY).  

During the August 2014 mission, seven surgeons performed over 230 cataract and other surgeries at  the Hospital de Ojos-Club de Leones in Salama, Guatemala. Salama is a remote town of 40,000 residents, located approximately 89 miles northwest of the capital city.  It is part of a large region served by only two ophthalmologists.