Himalayan Cataract Project, Inc.

The Himalayan Cataract Project strives to eradicate preventable and curable blindness through high-quality ophthalmic care, education and the establishment of a world class eye care infrastructure.
Apr 3, 2015

An Outreach and Training in Ghana, and Promising Numbers

A happy patient in Ghana
A happy patient in Ghana

Following a short trip in Kenya, Dr. Geoff Tabin traveled to Ghana to work with local partners in Kumasi and Accra. Dr. Tabin worked with the Eye Staff at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, KATH, to provide 107 cataract surgeries and four cornea transplants.

The team then traveled to Kwame Danso, the capital city in the Sene District of the Brong Ahafo Region (north of Kumasi) for another 109 cataract surgeries. This was the first in the region.

Dr. Tabin also brought donated cornea tissue from SightLife for Dr. James Clarke in Accra and met with Dr. Beau Wiafe and other surgeons working to eradicate unnecessary blindness in Ghana.

Meanwhile, HCP International Fellow Dr. Anya Gushchin was at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ghana, working with HCP partners and providing lectures on oculoplastics to ophthalmology residents.

In the year since KATH was formally inaugurated, significant progress has been made in the number of patients treated. In its first year of operation in the newly constructed facility, outpatient numbers rose by 38% and surgical numbers rose by 26.5%, making 2014 KATH’s strongest year of surgical volume.

Patients in Kumasi
Patients in Kumasi
Post Op Patient with Dr. Tabin
Post Op Patient with Dr. Tabin
Dr. Anya Gushchin and organizing committee members
Dr. Anya Gushchin and organizing committee members
Jan 29, 2015

Outreach in Nepal, Bhutan and India

Patient carried to outreach in Nepal.
Patient carried to outreach in Nepal.

In December, Himalayan Cataract Project's partner in Nepal, the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology's outreach team organized an Outreach Microsurgical Eye Clinic (OMEC) in Nuwokot, Nepal. The team screened 3,763 patients and provided 306 cataract surgeries. The outreach team included trainees from Myanmar, Ethiopia and Australia. Each year the Tilganga outreach team provides close to 10,000 surgeries outside of the main hospital in Kathmandu.

In October, HCP's co-founder, Dr. Sanduk Ruit, led a team from Tilganga to manage outreach cataract events in Bhutan and northern India. The group worked with local surgeons and paramedical staff in both locations. A total of 388 cataract surgeries were provided; 257 in Bhutan and 131 in northern India.

In Bhutan, Dr. Ruit and Royal Highness Princess Kezang Wangmo Wanhchuk jointly inaugurated the Eye Bank at the National Referral Hospital in Thimphu, which will serve corneal patients and play an important role in addressing corneal blindness in Bhutan. To read more about the Eye Bank, please visit this link: http://www.kuenselonline.com/bhutan-embarks-on-eye-bank-venture/#.VMj3bmTF8Sg.

 

Nepalese patient.
Nepalese patient.
Dr. Sanduk Ruit Operating.
Dr. Sanduk Ruit Operating.
Jan 2, 2015

Successful Outreach Events in Ghana

Patients in Kumasi
Patients in Kumasi

Himalayan Cataract Project co-founder, Dr. Geoff Tabin traveled to Ghana in mid-December to work with local partners in Kumasi and Accra.

Dr. Tabin worked with the Eye Staff at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, KATH, including the head of the Eye Unit, Dr. Seth Lartey, to provide 107 cataract surgeries and 4 cornea transplants. Dr. Tabin also provided surgical training to the team.

The team then traveled to Kwame Danso, the capital city in the Sene District of the Brong Ahafo Region (north of Kumasi) for another 109 cataract surgeries, provided over the course of four days. This was the first outreach in the region.

Dr. Tabin also brought donated cornea tissue from SightLife for Dr. James Clarke, an ophthalmologist in Accra, to provide cornea transplants. cornea transplant replaces diseased or scarred corneal tissue with healthy tissue from an organ donor.

Ghanaian outreach team
Ghanaian outreach team
A happy patient
A happy patient

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