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 29, 2015

Update from Dr. Sanduk Ruit

Supplies being dispatched
Supplies being dispatched

Below is an update from Himalayan Cataract Project co-founder, Dr. Sanduk Ruit:

As the death toll mounts to more than 5,000 following Saturday's tragedy. The entire staff of Tilganga started relief operations with an enthusiasm I have never seen in them before. We have decided that it will take a long time and we need to run it professionally and effectively in the same the way as we have been conducting sigh restoration programs. This tragedy has left thousands of people homeless, helpless and broken. We have vowed to be part of their healing process with the help of our international partners. 
 
As of today morning, we have packed food and relief materials, emergency medical kits enough for thousand families with the team led by Dr.Suman Thapa, Khim Gurung and Krishna Gopal. They are already in Melamchi, Sindhupalchowk District, one of the worst affected areas. A similar group of medical team with supplies hopefully,will be leaving each day to different destinations ,  provided we get enough financial resources. Besides this, if we have substantial financial resources, we may even be able to reach out to very remote areas via helicopter.
 
Best Regards,
Sanduk Ruit
Apr 24, 2015

Training and outreach in Myanmar, Nepal and India

Myanmar Monk waiting for surgery
Myanmar Monk waiting for surgery

The Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP), along with the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, are working with the government of Myanmar to improve the nation's eye care system. As part of this work, in March, Himalayan Cataract Project Co-Founders Drs. Sanduk Ruit and Geoff Tabin, along with partners from the Yangoon Eye Hospital, completed a cataract and corneal surgical training workshop. Over a 10-day period, 30 ophthalmologists and 20 ophthalmology residents gained valuable surgical skills. Over 700 surgeries were completed at two locations (Yangoon and Taunggyu), including 11 corneal transplants. Patients ranged from 4 years to 106 years old. 

Additionally, HCP and Tilganga have discussed the development of a Cornea Eye Bank in Myanmar with local partners. Myanmar currently receives a far fewer number of cornea donations than what is needed. The development of a local eye bank would be a tremendous step towards curing corneal disease throughout the country.

Meanwhile in Nepal in March, Dr. Geoff Tabin participated in a four-day, hands-on cornea training workshop at the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Nepal. Dr. Tabin worked alongside four Nepali and one Indian corneal specialist to practice new techniques, review procedures, and provide ongoing assessment and training. In 2014, the eye bank had its most successful year with more than 550 corneas made available for transplant.

And in India Dr. Govind Paudyal and his team from the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology returned to Jagadguru Kripalu Chikitsalaya Charity Hospital in Mangahr, India, to work with local surgeons on a four-day cataract campaign. Working with local ophthalmologists, Dr. Paudyal’s team completed a total of 894 cataract surgeries and six other eye surgeries.

Post Op patients in India
Post Op patients in India
Future trainees in Myanmar
Future trainees in Myanmar
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

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