In 2006 the Hispanic Institute for Blindness Prevention (HIBP) started as a volunteer VDS at the Consular Section of the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, DC and in 2007 the relationship was formalized by a memorandum of understanding.
The VDS has a permanent location inside the Consular Section of the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, DC and collaborates in many of the Consular events in the area of Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland.
The Ventanilla de Salud (VDS) is a program of the Government of Mexico developed by the Department of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is implemented through 50 Mexican consulates in the United States and local health organizations. The Ventanillas provide reliable information on health topics, counseling and referrals to available and accessible health services in local communities. This program was designed to improve the physical and mental health of Mexicans and their families living in the United States and to increase access to primary and preventive health insurance coverage and ensure culturally sensitive services in order to reduce the use of emergency services.
Even when the VDS program is a Mexican program, it is important to mention that this program is open to any family or individual in need, no matter their race, nationality or immigration status.