Eliminate Needless Blindness

Eliminate Needless Blindness

  • Overview

    Vision / description

    salaUno’s immediate mission is to Eliminate Needless Blindness by reducing geographic, economic and information barriers that prevent patients from restoring their sight and therefore capacity to enjoy life and produce economic value.
    salaUno offers a unique value proposition: superior clinical quality, affordability, accessibility and excellence in service for low-income populations.
    salaUno offers its services through 6 lines of activities that revert or prevent blindness, covering 85% of visual disabilities in Mexico: cataract surgery, diabetic retinopathy, prescription eyeglasses, pterygium surgery, refractive surgery (LASIK) and glaucoma treatment.
    The company’s model is based on applying operating and strategic principles pioneered by the successful Aravind Eye Care System in India.

    Project objectives

    salaUno’s goal is to expand and become the leading provider in specialized, low-cost eye surgeries across Latin America in the next two years.


    85% of patients treated are living at the Bottom of the Pyramid (“BoP”), 70% of surgeries have been free of costs through cross-subsidies and government/NGO support.

    Current progress

    Since the pilot clinic opened:10,000 patients received an eye consultation; 5,000 patients were screened in outreach camps; 1,580 patients received cataract surgery; more than 2,000 lenses were delivered; and120 retinopathy lasers were performed.

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    Sustainable Development Goals

    3. Good health and well-being

    Regions / countries / territories

    Americas: Mexico

    Business sectors

    Health Care


    Stakeholders consulted

    Community leaders; Government

    Preferred partner organisation(s)

    Company; NGO Global; NGO Local; Small or Medium-sized Enterprise; UN Entity

    Type of support needed

    Functional expertise; IT support; Other; Project implementation; Research; Volunteer

    Collective Action
    • This initiative has a potential for scalability.
    • This initiative is seeking additional partners.