Thursday, 26 May 2011

Mali Inaugurates Ophthalmologic Center

Mali Inaugurates Ophthalmologic Center with Cuban Assistance
Source:, 21 November 2010.

With the help of Cuba, Mali is retaking cataract operations and the treatment of other eye diseases with the inauguration of a new ophthalmologic center in Bamako, the country’s capital.

According to the website of the Cuban Foreign Ministry (, these procedures came to a halt in 2008 in order to build the new center, which is now in better conditions to continue with the Cuba-Mali cooperation health project.

Until 2008, Cuban specialists had performed eye surgery on more than 6,000 people from this African nation and the diagnosis of patients in need of surgery continued during the construction period.

Today, there are 124 Cuban health professionals in working Mali, including 11 at the new ophthalmologic center. As part of a bilateral cooperation program, there are other Cuban professionals working in this African country: 16 professors teaching at the Arts Conservatory and 14 sports trainers.

Cuba also contributes to the training of medicine students from Mali; nowadays there are more than 150 Malian youths studying different majors in the island.