SEE has worked throughout Honduras for over 20 years, helping make eye care affordable by providing free ophthalmological services across the country. Since 2017, SEE has organized 97 programs in Honduras, performing over 5,000 surgeries and serving over 17,000 patients. Teams regularly work in La Ceiba and Tegucigalpa, the nation’s capital. With the help of our in-country partner Dr. Ricardo Rivera, who specializes in corneal transplants, strabismus, and oculoplastic surgeries, SEE has also established a new clinical site in Roatan, one of the country’s Caribbean Bay Islands.
SEE also partners with Centro Cristiano de Servicios Humantarios de Honduras (CCSHH) to provide care and develop sites in the El Progreso region, as well as in nearby rural locations. In El Progreso, SEE offers cataract, strabismus, oculoplastic, and cornea surgeries, and is also a location of SEE’s pilot site for diabetic retinopathy treatment. Manos Amigos, another SEE partner, provides facilities for CCSHH and SEE teams to restore sight in the La Entrada area.
Honduras is a Central American country located next to Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. Before its colonization by Spain, the Mayan civilization built stunning cities and temples throughout the region. Today, according to the World Bank, 66 percent of the nation’s 8 million residents live in poverty. The country faces the highest level of economic inequality in Latin America. As a result, many Hondurans cannot afford basic eye care, and many of them become unnecessarily blind.