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Operation Miracle mission to restore vision in Cuba

Posted February 15, 2006 by publisher in Cuba Culture.
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Prensa Latina

Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, highlighted the Operation Miracle, a Cuba-Venezuela project to restore vision to poor people in the continent.

The plan includes the presence in Cuba of more than 12,000 young people from Third World countries and from the US, who study at the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana.

In remarks to the press upon his arrival in Havana on Tuesday, Gonsalves described the project as fantastic and unprecedented.

We have sent 1,092 patients since July 21, 2005, and there are another 670 waiting to enjoy the benefits of the program, he stressed.

The visitor, who was welcomed by Cuban Minister of Foreign Investment and Economic Collaboration, Marta Lomas, said the number would be greater if his country had the necessary infrastructure, including an international airport for larger planes.

During his stay in Cuba, Gonsalves and his entourage are expected to meet with President Fidel Castro and other Cuban officials.

They will also tour places of historical, scientific and economic interest.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a CARICOM country member and also a member of the Non-Aligned Movement, which 14th summit will be held in Havana in September.

Havana and Kingston established diplomatic relations on May 26, 1992.

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Member Comments

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On September 19, 2006, HAren Shah wrote:

Dear Sir,

We are looking to contact the administrators of the programme called “Operation Miracle”. As we understand, this is one of the largest efforts of eradicating curable blindness. The best part seems to be that it addresses the needs of poor of all countries.

We are based in India and we face similar situation as well. We produce very inexpensive eye-surgery products used in these surgeries. It costs a small fraction of what it costs in the western countries. By offering our products at cost for this cause, we can contribute to this wonderful humanitarian endeavour. Please help us get in touch with the organizers of this ‘Miracle’.
Thanks.
Haren Shah

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On March 21, 2009, Cynthia G. Huffman wrote:

I am interested in partaking of the services of Mission Miracle.  My eyesight is getting progressively worse and I am afraid of going blind.  I have seen doctors here in the U.S. and have been diagnosed with cataracts and glaucoma.  I believe that I have retinopathy which the doctors won’t diagnosis because of a legal case against the doctor who was treating me and neglected to tell me I had diabetes.  I also have kidney damages and neuropathy of my feet.