Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is getting off the campaign trail briefly for a medical aid mission in the Caribbean.
The presidential candidate is visiting Haiti this weekend and performing pro bono eye surgeries, according to The Washington Post.
“We kind of suggested it,” he said of the trip’s genesis. “There was talk about Haiti being in great need, and it’s fairly close to the United States. Haiti, unfortunately, is famous for a long history of problems.”
The University of Utah’s Moran Eye Center is conducting and sponsoring the philanthropic journey, according to the report.
Paul previously partnered with that organization for a similar visit to Guatemala in 2014.
The registered eye doctor’s visit is the latest in a series of such ventures taken during Congress’s annual August recess.
“You want to go where the need is greatest,” Paul said.