A member of one of the most prestigious ophthalmologist sagas in the world, Elena Barraquer fell in love with her grandfather and her father’s profession “because I saw them enjoying their work”. That was the seed of what would end up being a medical and solidarity vocation that knows no limits and has made her one of the most internationally renowned figures in the field of cooperation.
Her solidary vocation
In 1979 Elena Barraquer participated in her first solidary trip to Haiti as a member of a team of ophthalmologists in Washington. That experience opened her eyes to the world of cooperation, seeing the amount of people she could help by simply doing what she knew best. After that trip and during her 13 years as head of the Fundación Barraquer, she carried out numerous medical expeditions impulsed by the idea that if you operate a person with cataracts, not only does this improve their living conditions, but that of all members of their extended family.Those trips were the beginning of what would end up being the Fundación Elena Barraquer, a non-profit organization that was created in June 2017 to continue with the care work and become the platform for other ophthalmologists to have the necessary tools to fight avoidable blindness.
Fundación Elena Barraquer is undoubtedly the most ambitious project of Elena Barraquer, since it is a unique and pioneering initiative in our country, the direct result of that passionate and enterprising spirit that characterizes Elena and that spreads to her team conferring a social dimension to the medical projects.
For its implementation, Elena Barraquer has had the support of companies and individuals who have been infected by her spirit of solidarity.
If all the ophthalmologists in the world dedicate a week of our time to others, the problem of avoidable blindness would be solved.
A declaration of intentions that sustains and encourages year after year the medical expeditions led by Elena Barraquer and with which they manage to restore sight and improve the quality of life of a large number of people.