Blindness in Bolivia
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. Accessibility for the poor is a major challenge, particularly for those living in remote areas. Transportation and related costs pose major obstacles to accessing all health services.
SEE in Bolivia
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 those with cataracts.
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.