Caribbean Net News reports that a total of 47,753 eye surgeries have been performed here since the implementation in Haiti of Operation Miracle [Operación Milagro]—a program aimed at helping people of scant economic resources recover their vision—in August, 2006, as part of Cuba’s cooperation with the Haitian people. The program offers free treatment and delivers successful eye operations.
This was announced by Dr. Violeta Herrera, director of the Renaissance Hospital and coordinator of Operation Miracle in Haiti, who explains that treatment is offered at three posts located in Port-au-Prince, Aquin, and Trou de Nord. The clinics treat cataracts, glaucoma, terigia, and other eye diseases.
Because of the devastating January 12, 2010, earthquake, only one of the three posts working—the clinic in Port-au-Prince—remained partially offering its services. On May 25, all of them resumed their operations.
According to Raquel B. Tejeda (“Cuba’s Operation Miracle”), Operation Miracle, brainchild of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and former Cuban President Fidel Castro, operates in 31 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Some of these countries include Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Peru. Tejeda writes that “Cuban doctors and technicians, with the support of state-of-the-art ophthalmologic technology, are hard at work creating the capacity to operate annually on a million patients.” Operation Miracle is a cooperation/ophthalmological rehabilitation program under the solidarity and integrationist principles of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA).
For full article, see http://www.caribbeannetnews.com/news-23558–2-2–.html
For Raquel B. Tejeda’s broader article on Operation Miracle, see http://www.caribpro.com/Caribbean_Property_Magazine/index.php?pageid=377
For article on Operation Miracle in Jamaica, see http://www.jis.gov.jm/health/html/20051004T090000-0500_6958_JIS_OPERATION_MIRACLE__GIVING_THE_GIFT_OF_SIGHT_.asp
Also see http://www.picturetank.com/___/series/56138b4e6552453eefe9043c295a7089/en/OPERACION_MILAGRO_by_Cuban_doctors.html, http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/article_2831.shtml, and http://www.cubavsbloqueo.cu/Default.aspx?tabid=2584