“Bella Vista” Fighting blindness in the Bolivian Amazon
Founder of the Andean Medical Mission
Ophthalmic scientist, born in Bolivia and working to find and treat blindness for the people living in isolated communities in the jungles and along the many rivers of the lowlands.
Thursday 22 September
with the Institute of Latin American Studies
Senate House, Bedford Room G34, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU
Tickets: Non-members £8, Members £6, Students (with valid ID) £5
Refreshments and nibbles included.
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Living anywhere as a blind person is difficult. However, it is disproportionally harsh in the Amazon and living here as a blind or partially sighted person, very hard indeed. Dave and his team have been working to eliminate avoidable blindness in Northern Bolivia since 2011.
Cut off from civilization by a challenging jungle environment, large distances from health care services and precluded from treatment by high cost and low incomes, blindness in Northern Bolivia is nearly four times higher than that of the UK.
Dave’s has many beautiful slides and film to show the way of life here and explains the logistical challenges of running a mobile eye hospital to help these people. Northern Bolivia has a diverse and rich culture and is home to some amazing wildlife much of which is shown throughout the talk. We look forward to seeing you.