WGD activities abound in Central and Latin America

March 12, 2009

Latin America-World Glaucoma Day events occurred across Latin and Central America. In Argentina, Maria Carrasco, MD, of Hospital Perrupato granted radio interviews about glaucoma in Mendoza. Television, radio, and newspaper interviews also were scheduled in San Pedro, Argentina (Jorge Marceillac, MD), Santa Cruz, and Buenos Aires.

Latin America-World Glaucoma Day events occurred across Latin and Central America. In Argentina, Maria Carrasco, MD, of Hospital Perrupato granted radio interviews about glaucoma in Mendoza. Television, radio, and newspaper interviews also were scheduled in San Pedro, Argentina (Jorge Marceillac, MD), Santa Cruz, and Buenos Aires. “Open-door days” were held in La Plata, Pilar, and Rosario, among other locations.

In Belize, Joan Musa of the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI) gave several television and newspaper interviews. Musa is married to former Belize Prime Minister Said Musa. BCVI also participated in production of a local news special on glaucoma. In it, Freddy Nicholson, OD, and Baxter McLendon, MD, talked about who is at risk of glaucoma and why screenings are so important.

Leading the activities in Brazil was Marcello Colombo Barboza of Hospital Visao Laser Oftalmologia, Santos. He spoke with radio and television reporters about glaucoma.

In Colombia, Prof. Patricia Amaris of Clinica Oftalmologica del Caribe, Barranquilla, participated in newspaper and radio interviews and hosted a public screening event.

In Paraguay, Jose Sanchez-Di Martino, MD, of Ophthalmological Foundation, Asuncion, planned several media opportunities. A public screening was held there as well.

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