Latin America

Latin America

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Latin America IAPB map

Latin America is probably the best mapped region in the world with regards to blindness and low vision epidemiology, with 16 Rapid Assessment of Cataract Surgical Services (RACSS) and Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) studies in the last 10 years, as well as a very comprehensive review of all the publications available in the last 26 and a half years.

These studies show cataract as the main cause of blindness in the region. Worldwide, cataract, trachoma, onchocerciasis, childhood blindness, and refractive errors are WHO’s first priorities. In Latin America, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)’s second priority for adults is diabetic retinopathy, with glaucoma being the third; for children it is retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). Although these priorities are based on what we know, there are still many gaps to be filled, primarily in countries in which we have limited or no epidemiological data regarding blindness and visual impairment.

VISION 2020 Workshops Latin America (2016)

Advocating for eye health – An update from IAPB Latin America

Also read: How is Latin America progressing towards Universal Eye Health? A case study.

Regional Chair

Dr Francisco Martínez Castro

Regional Strategic Advisors:
Dr. João Furtado
Dr. Jaime Soria


Salud Ocular Comunitaria Revista


Member Organizations
Asociación Civil Divino Niño Jesús / CBM / Centro Cristiano de Servicios Médicos / Conselho Brasileiro De Oftalmologia – CBOClínica Oftalmológica del Caribe / Fundacion Cinepolis // Fundación Hospital Nuestra Señora de la Luz/ Fundacion Oftalmologica Hugo D. Nano / Fundación Visión / HelpMeSee / IAPB /Instituto de la VisionInstituto Mexicano de Oftalmología I.A.P / International Council of Ophthalmology / International Eye Foundation / Light For The World / Lighthouse Guild / Lions Club International / Orbis / Pan American Association of Ophthalmology / Pan American Health Organization / See International / Ulls Del Món / Ver Bien para Aprender Mejor /Vision 2020 / Visualiza / World Health Organization

Country Listing

Argentina / Bolivia / Brazil / Chile / Colombia / Costa Rica / Cuba / Dominican Republic / Ecuador / El Salvador / Guatemala / Honduras / Mexico / Nicaragua / Panama / Paraguay / Peru / Uruguay / Venezuela

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