Andean Medical Mission

Donate today We are a UK charity set up to help organise, build and manage eye care services in remote regions of the Bolivian Amazon

Our Vision is Their Vision

Donate todayAMM provide eye surgery and medicine in remote hard to reach rural communities

Future Focus

Donate todayPrevention of blindness though improved screening services

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Our Vision is Their Vision

We carry out sight saving eye surgery and are committed to helping Bolivian doctors by providing support and equipment. We are working to eliminate avoidable blindness in Bolivia by providing eye surgery to remote communities, where access to health services currently do not exist. But we need your help.

Who Are We

Andean Medical Mission is a UK charity set up to help organise, build and manage eye care services in remote regions of the Bolivian Amazon.

Our Work

Since 2011 AMM have screened several thousand patients, providing sight saving surgery to many hundreds and prescription glasses to school children free of charge.

Our Mission in Bolivia

Started in 2011 the Andean Medical Mission is now well known for providing good quality eye care, advice and treatment from our surgical trips. We have an established and permanent base in Bolivia, from which we can provide continuous ongoing eye care services.

Immediate

Provide eye surgery and medicine in remote hard to reach rural communities

Medium Term

Train Bolivian healthcare workers to improve primary eye care services and speed up access to secondary care diagnosis and treatment

Long Term

Continue supporting ophthalmic eye care services in El Beni 

Future Goals

Prevention of blindness though improved screening services

Providing Free Surgery & Training

Scale of the Problem

It has been estimated in two separate studies (utilising the WHO’s rapid assessment of avoidable blindness model), that there may be as many as 100,000 blind people in Bolivia.

With approximately 450,000 people living in El Beni, Northern Bolivia we estimate that as many as 7,000 people here have very low vision or are blind. More people become blind every year in Bolivia than the existing services can cope with.

There are three ophthalmologists in Trinidad and one in San Borja. This equates to only one for every 80,000 sq km.

Environment

Living anywhere as a blind person is difficult.

However, it is disproportionally harsh in the Amazon. With the constant dangers of insect and animal bites, managing swamps and rivers and the jungle environment make living here as a blind or partially sighted person, very hard indeed.

Restoring Vision

We regularly deliver services in over 25 key locations across El Beni.

Local Geography

The extreme distances from the towns and cities where ophthalmologist can be found, poor communications and low incomes of the average rural population mean that blindness from trauma, cataract, pterygium, infection and other preventable diseases is all too common.

Accolades

Since our first award in 2014, we are proud and honoured to be acknowledged for our essential sight saving work in Bolivia. 

Before & After
A satisfying selection of results from a trip to Itenez

Optometry Today
Association of Optometrists Charity initiative of 2014

Association of Optometrists
Charity initiative of 2014

Patient Consultations

Villages Visited