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.
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
Jun 11, 2013

Two Outreaches in Ghana

The KATH and Moran team with Dr. Ali
The KATH and Moran team with Dr. Ali

A two-day outreach was held in May in Agroyesum, in the Ashanti region of Ghana just outside of Kumasi.  The outreach was organized by long-time HCP partner, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH). Patients were screened in advance by the KATH faculty, residents and HCP international fellow, Dr. Zahra Ali. The team was joined by partners from the Moran Eye Center in Utah who make an annual visit to KATH to provide ongoing mentorship to KATH’s clinical team.

In total 50 sight-restoring cataract surgeries were provided in Agroyesum and 50 at KATH’s facility in Kumasi. The next time there is a high-volume event at KATH it will be in the eye facility that opened its doors on June 3rd. Read favorable review on the modern eye center funded by USAID, HCP and KATH from the link below.

http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/health/artikel.php?ID=276545

In addition to supporting outreach events at KATH and in nearby locations, building ophthalmic capacity in Ghana is another HCP objective. There are only 50 ophthalmologists in Ghana for 23 million people.  HCP is currently supporting the training of two of KATH’s faculty, Drs. Amos Aikins and Peter Armah who are receinving specialized training at the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Nepal, HCP’s flagship training facility. These doctors will take their newly learned skills and bring them back to Ghana, furthering our efforts to treating curable blindness in the Himalayas and Sub-Saharan Africa.  

Dr. Zahra examining a patient.
Dr. Zahra examining a patient.
A patient being screened
A patient being screened
Dr. Zahra speaking with children
Dr. Zahra speaking with children

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