Medical Missions To The Dominican Republic
In addition to traveling for pleasure, Dr. Del Negro has also made it a point to travel to the aid of underdeveloped countries that have limited or no access to healthcare. He’s a member of the Volunteer Health Program (VHP), which is a nonprofit organization that provides surgeries to underserved rural areas of Central America.
“It’s humbling to see how little some people in other parts of the world have,” says Dr. Del Negro. “The lack of healthcare is astounding – people going blind waiting to have cataracts removed, or, even worse, living with untreated glaucoma or other treatable eye diseases that can cause blindness. We are there for such a short time [each year], but being able to help even in a small way is gratifying.”
Most recently, in 2019, Drs. Ralph and Robyn Del Negro were accompanied by their youngest daughter, Isabella, to the Dominican Republic and were proud to join an amazing team of professionals once again.
Eye physicians and surgeons performed 400 surgeries including:
- 166 cataract procedures
- 8 pterygium
- 87 strabismus
- 23 plastics
- 38 SLT (selective laser trabeculoplasty)
- 13 YAG capsulotomy
- 3 dermatology OR
- 62 minor procedures
In addition to the surgical procedures, 1,214 primary eye care consultations took place, and a number of ocular prosthetics were used to replace the absence of a person’s natural eye, making a huge impact.
These profound images capture the important work being done through the VHP DR. Missions throughout the years.