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.
Mar 17, 2011

2011 Updates

patient carried to a screening camp.
patient carried to a screening camp.

Dear Friends,

I am happy to report that we got 2011 off to a great start on our quest to restore sight to the people of the Himalayas!

Between January 17 - 19th, Dr. Bajimaya from Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TIO) conducted an OMEC in Manthali a village development committee in Ramechhap District in northeastern Nepal. As a result, 1597 people were screened and a total of 188 surgeries performed.

In February,  Hetauda Community Eye Hospital organized eye screening programs on rural and underprivileged villages of Makawanpur district.  Two screening camp were held on Epa Village Development Committee (VDC) and in Bharta VDC. Both of screening were the first health camp ever held in these villages.

208 patient were examined  in Epa VDC screening camp and among them 27 cataracts were found. Similarly one 148  patients were screened in Bharta VDC and 12 cataracts were found. With the support of the Himalayan Cataract Project, Hetauda Community Eye Hospital provided free of cost surgery to all cataract patients at the base hospital. All patients returned happily after undergoing the sight-restoring procedure.

Currently, TIO's Dr. Govinda  is leading a four-day OMEC at the Jagatguru Kripalu Charity Hospital in Uttar Pradesh in Northearn India. It is anticipated that at least 1800 people will be screened and an estimated 600 surgeries performed. 

On behalf of the Himalayan Cataract Project, I would like to thank everyone for your continued interest in our project. It is only with your generous support that we are able to bring high quality eye care to the remotest areas of the Himalayas.

screening camp
screening camp
eye screening
eye screening
Dec 22, 2010

Goaso Outreach

Patients waiting for surgery
Patients waiting for surgery

In 2010, a total of 904 sight-restoring surgeries were performed in Outreach Eye Camps in Ghana. Below is a quick update of the latest outreach camp in Goaso:

Goaso is the district capital of Asunafo district located on the western corridor of Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana. Goaso is about 124 miles north west of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi. The district has no ophthalmologist and the only eye care workers are an optician and an optometrist who are based in the District Hospital. With a population of 170,000 it is estimated that 1,000 to 1,200 people may be blind from causes such as cataract, glaucoma and corneal opacities.

Dr. Peter Osei-Bonsu of KATH led an outreach camp at the Goaso District Hospital. Prior to the outreach, a team from the hospital screened 934 people. Over a period of two days, Dr. Osei-Bonsu performed 69 cataract surgeries.

 One of the patients who received surgery in Goaso was Seidu Billiak a 73-year-old man from Mim in the Brong Ahafo region. He had worked as a watchman in a private home until two years ago when he was let go. He is still strong enough to work but he experienced difficulties due to his vision loss. After undergoing sight-restoring surgery, he was hopeful to return to work soon.

On behalf of our partners from KATH and all those who have benefited from your generous support, I would like thank you for your contribution and I hope you continue to support us in the future.

 

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the year 2011.

 


 

Patient Exam
Patient Exam
Patients after surgery
Patients after surgery
Seidu
Seidu
Dec 21, 2010

2010 in Review

Dear Friends,

 2010 has been a busy year for our project. With your help, a total of 24 Eye Camps were conducted in the Nepal, Tibet, China, Bhutan, and Northern India. A total of 26,062 people were screened and out of them 5,176 received sight-restoring surgeries.

In addition, ophthalmologists and ophthalmic nurses from different countries were able to participate in these Remote Eye Camps to expand their skills in high volume cataract surgery.

I want to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude for your generous contributions.  It is only with your continued support that we can continue the fight against curable and preventable blindness.

 Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the year 2011.

 P.S. I hope you enjoy reading our 2009 Annual Report and our Best of 2010 highlights.


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