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.
Oct 14, 2013

Outreach in Ladakh, India

Child in Ladakh, photo by Ace Kvale
Child in Ladakh, photo by Ace Kvale

In early September, the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology outreach team, from Kathmandu, Nepal, with support from HCP and others, organized a microsurgical outreach clinic in Ladakh, India.

Four pre-surgery screenings were held, where over 1,370 patients were screened for cataracts.  Local monks and organizations assisted with the screening process.

The outreach event provided over 180 successful cataract operations to patients came from five different regions in the Jammu/Kashimir region of mountainous India. Anitbiotic eye drops and bandages were provided to the patients post surgery and patients and family members were counseled on the care of the eyes.  A mass eye health education program was also held on the day of patient discharge to ensure post-operative care.

To read an article about the outreach, please visit the following link from The Telegraph, an Australian newspaper: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/dr-sanduk-ruit-worked-with-australian-icon-fred-hollows-and-has-gone-on-to-perfect-his-technique-and-teach-it-to-the-world/story-fni0cx4q-1226714692730.

There will be more photos to come.

Sep 9, 2013

Progress in Ghana and outreach event

Dr. Peter Armah examining a patient
Dr. Peter Armah examining a patient

Two of the three floors at the new eye center at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ghana, are bustling with activity. Completing the final floor, which houses the operating theatres, is the last major construction effort required before setting a date for the formal inauguration prior to year end. The KATH outreach team recently organized a mini outreach event — sponsored by a local bank — that brought 22 patients to the eye clinic for cataract surgery.

To read an article about the opening of the new eye center from the Ghana News Agency, please follow this link: http://www.ghananewsagency.org/health/kath-s-new-eye-centre-begins-operations-62630

Nurse examines a patient
Nurse examines a patient
Nursing students conducting eye screenings
Nursing students conducting eye screenings
The new eye center
The new eye center
Jul 15, 2013

Sight-Restoring Surgery in Bhutan

86-year-old Jabjay before eye surgery
86-year-old Jabjay before eye surgery

In May a life-changing eye clinic was held in the Samtse district in the southwestern region of Bhutan. The eye clinic was led by Bhutan’s first vitreo-retina specialist, HCP Fellow Dr. Bhim Rai. 1,300 patient screenings and 101 cataract surgeries were provided. Patients ranged in age from 17 to 100 and some were carried to the eye camps on homemade stretchers because their blindness was so debilitating.

The Himalayan Cataract Project is a critical supporter of eye care services in Bhutan. Through outreach eye clinics HCP is able to help people in destitute and rural areas that would normally not have access to high quality care.

Jabjay after eye surgery, able to walk alone
Jabjay after eye surgery, able to walk alone
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