SEE has been working in Montero, Bolivia since 2001. Every October, SEE teams hold annual sight-restoring campaigns with local ophthalmologists in Montero to provide free care to individuals with cataracts. Key locations include San Juan de Dios Hospital in Tarijam. Since 2017, SEE has organized 16 trips to Bolivia, performing over 1,400 surgeries and serving over 8,000 patients.
SEE also collaborates with I Care San Antonio and Medical Ministry International. We hold joint clinical and surgical campaigns to treat various pediatric and adult eye conditions in Sucre and Tarija. During these clinics, teams of six surgeons provide free cataract, strabismus, and pterygium surgeries for nearby patients.
Thanks to the support of SEE’s donors and generous volunteers, hundreds of individuals, predominantly from the country’s disadvantaged indigenous population, have had their sight restored.
Bolivia is a landlocked country located in central South America, bordered by Peru, Chile, Brazil, and Paraguay. As one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, most Bolivians do not have access to clean water or sanitation, let alone health care or health insurance.
Like other developing countries, eye care is primarily available in large cities and urban areas in Bolivia. Accessibility for the poor is a major challenge, particularly for those living in remote areas. Transportation and related costs pose major obstacles to accessing health care services.