Maduro Marks 12th Anniversary of Medical Cooperation with Cuba

On Aug. 21, 2005, Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez signed the historic Sandino Commitment. | Photo: Reuters

Nearly 6 million people across Latin American have benefited from the program.

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has commemorated the 12th anniversary of the Sandino Commitment, an agreement which led to the Cuban visual health care program, Miracle Mission.

On Aug. 21, 2005, Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez signed the historic Sandino Commitment, a plan which pledged to help vulnerable communities access to affordable eye care and surgery through the Miracle Mission program.

Since then, nearly 6 million people across Latin American have benefited from the program, leading to significant reduction in preventable blindness in the last decade.

In a Facebook post in tribute to the agreement, President Maduro wrote, “this agreement was aimed at proving visual health care to the Venezuelan people … but it wasn’t limited to our country, it is a plan of international cooperation that reached poor people across Latin America and the Caribbean.”

“That’s why the Bolivarian Revolution and the Cuban Revolution are the most important expressions of humanism and brotherhood in Latin America,” the message ended.

Since it began, the program expanded to poor communities in at least 21 Latin American countries and 14 Caribbean countries.

Some of the most common eye ailments treated surgically under the program are pterygium, cataracts, glaucoma, and strabismus. Free corrective eyeglasses have also been provided as part of the program.

World Health Organization has also commended the program’s efforts to make visual health care affordable for people suffering from blindness or corrective visual deficiency.

PrensaLatina-Granma

by teleSUR/ ms-MK

teleSUR, August 21, 2017

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