Under the great leadership of Dr. Benito Celis, President of the national Mexico National Society of Ophthalmology (SMO), the great quiet and patient work of Francisco Martinez Castro for many years, the support of the ICO, PAHO, PAAO, UNAM, all the INGDOs, etc., the first tangible results of our recent Lima workshop and the WOC satellite meetings as well as the PAHO lead Quito workshop of last year are here. The Minister for Health, Dr. Juan, re-launched Mexico’s PBL Committee yesterday and they will start working on National Plan and will likely actively participate in the WSD events later this year.
All of you, in one way or another, are to be thanked for this achievement.
The news of the new initiative in Mexico for PBL is certainly well received and needs to have the appropriate dissemination and recognition. Every organization involved should feel proud and satisfied of this outcome and I want to particularly congratulate Dr. Francisco Martinez Castro, Dr. Pedro GomeZ and Dr. Everardo Barojas for their efforts to implement these policies in Mexico.
Dr. Lansingh also needs to receive the appropriate recognition as well as the credit for your publications and for keeping in the minds and focus of the authorities the tremendous cost of avoidable blindness.
Those institutions that are in the trenches of the fight to prevent Blindness like Conde de Valenciana, Nuestra Señora de la Luz, University of Montemorelos, and all of their faculty members, residents and leaders that have struggled to make this possible.
If all goes well, the Mexican project may become a model for prevention of blindness for all of Latin America. Blessings from the highest for this accomplishment and let us get the best of us to help in this endeavor.
Dr. Juan F. Batlle
IAPB / VISION 2020 Latin America