A war which went on for some 30 years and the well known brutality
of every description in the political management of the country meant
that Mekelle at the end of the 80's was plunged into extreme
poverty. The Daughters of Charity religious Order was already settled
there. One of the nuns, Sister Margaret Coney, a strong willed
and devoted Irish woman started a small community clinic where thousands
of patients suffering from TRACOMA (a disease which causes blindness
brought about by poverty) where operated and incessantly taken care
in the early 90's Dr. Carretero from Almería and later
Dr.Luis Cuadrado from Salamanca found themselves in Mekelle and at
different times assisted Sister Margaret and decided , with
scanty means, to operate cataracts. The year after Dr.Cuadrado's
first stay he returned with Dr.Román Blanco (Barcelona) and
the year after that, both of them went back with Dr.Julio de la
Cámara (Barcelona). When in Mekelle the three of them discussed
the possibility of doing something more and upon their return
to Barcelona they founded the PROYECTO VISION (P.V.) Association.
We are now talking of 1995.
What moved them unanimously was the conscience that all men are equal
and therefore all men are equally deserving of receiving the necessary
Sister Margaret's support and that of the whole community was enormous.
The Tigray community (region where we are located), much more intensely
than in many other places in the world was suffering from frightful
blindness ; it still suffers from this deficiency although on a smaller
scale. There was only one ophthalmologist for the whole of Tigray
(4 million inhabitants), he was working in St.Louise Eye Clinic with
Since 1995 P.V. has continued its growth. Ophthalmologists from all
over Spain, over 50, have collaborated and continue doing so.
present we operate some 1000 patients each year and visit over 2500
The Clinic's director
(the Clinic at present has all which is necessary in order to offer
care of a standard which is adequate by European standards) is Sister
Lettegabriel et, who is an Ethiopian.
Neguisti (two OMA nurses) she travels to far away , mountainous
regions of Tigray in order to bring a great many number of
patients to the Clinic.
All this activity which is conducted under the auspices of the "Daughters
of Charity" Community is also recognized by the Regional Health
Bureau of Tigray whose ministers have given us all the help
we have needed .With their assistance we have introduced the Ophthalmic
Medical Assistance -OMA- degree , and also that of Cataract Surgeon,
thanks to both the health care in the whole of the area is improving.