Guatemala is one of the poorest nations in Latin America. Nearly 37% of the population lives on less than $2 a day and roughly 15% lack access to health care. Because communities lack accessible eye care services, nearly 75% of the blind people in Guatemala suffer from preventable or curable causes.
An estimated 31,000 of Guatemala's 15.4 million residents are blind from cataract, which can be cured with a cost-effective, 15-minute surgery.
Seva provides direct support for Vizualiza's clinical services and school screenings that help reduce avoidable blindness across Guatemala and restore sight to some of the country's most vulnerable populations, including women and children in rural communities. Seva is committed to augmenting Visualiza's service capacity with a focus on local staff development and management training. With Seva's ongoing support for skill-based training, Visualiza has become a resource to improve other eye care centers in Latin America.