Surgical Outreach – Ica, Peru 2018

Surgical Outreach – Ica, Peru 2018

In May of 2018 Women for World Health will be embarking on a mission to Ica, Peru to treat cataracts in the local population. This article will be updated shortly with more details, so stay tuned. If you’d like to volunteer for this mission you can fill out an application here.


UPDATE 3/12/2018

Women for World Health will be in Ica, Peru from May 19-25 with a team of 20 professionals. We have 3 outstanding ophthalmologists on our team.

Dr. Sameh Mosaed,
University of California, Irvine
Professor – Cataract and Glaucoma Surgery, Ophthalmology School of Medicine
Director of Glaucoma Services, Department of Ophthalmology
Director of Glaucoma Fellowship, Department of Ophthalmology

Dr. Mitul Mehta
University of California, Irvine
Assistant Clinical Professor, Ophthalmology School of Medicine

Joining them is Dr. Anna Kesler-Diaz, an ophthalmologist practicing in Santa Cruz, CA with 15 years of experience. She is a graduate of the UCI School of Medicine and completed her fellowship in glaucoma under Dr. Mosaed.

Dr. Mosaed will be leading the team, and Dr. Mehta will be spearheading our educational efforts by providing lectures and teaching for local ophthalmologists and medical students alike.

Welcome to Women for World Health!

Welcome to Women for World Health!

The new year marks the beginning of a new chapter for Women for World Health. We’re pleased to welcome Laurel Aguila to the organization’s leadership, as well as christen the launch of an updated website — but that’s not all.

Over the past decade our organization has treated a variety of ailments across the thousands of patients we’ve seen with an emphasis on plastics. Now we’re proud to announce a shift in focus to the treatment of cataracts in developing areas. This shift was prompted by a lone, powerful statistic: according to the WHO visual impairments afflict approximately 253 million people wordwide, and an astonishing 80% of these cases are curable and/or preventable.¹ With cataracts making up a large portion of this statistic, and the relative ease of conducting a cataract surgery compared to other procedures the decision was made to target these impairments for the majority of future missions.

That’s not to say that we’ve abandoned plastics altogether. With Dr. Amy Wandel at the helm of our medical operations for the foreseeable future we intend to carry out plastics missions whenever and wherever possible.

If you’d like to apply as a volunteer for our upcoming cataract mission to Ica, Peru head over to our Volunteer page and fill out an application. Otherwise stay tuned for updates and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook!


¹ Source: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs282/en/