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.
Feb 1, 2013

Cataract Outreach in Nepal and Ethiopia

A patient is carried to an outreach in Nepal
A patient is carried to an outreach in Nepal

Doctors Angira Shrestha and Sanjita Sharma managed a two-day cataract workshop at the Hetauda Community Eye Hospital in Nepal. A total of 819 patients were screened and 157 cataract operations were provided.  Among the patients was Binu Maya Chepang a resident of Kakada VDC Makwanpur. Binu walked for seven hours to come to the workshop and receive treatment. She is now cataract free and her vision has been restored.

Doctors Geoff Tabin and Huck Holz worked with partners from Gondar University Hospital in Ethiopia to manage a high-volume cataract workshop at Debre-Tabor Hospital. During the workshop, 629 surgeries were provided including 13 pediatric cataract surgeries. Over the next year, HCP will be working to enhance the ophthalmology teaching programs at Gondar, with a focus on residency and sub-specialty fellowship training.

A happy patient in Ethiopia
A happy patient in Ethiopia
Nov 21, 2012

High Volume Cataract Workshop in Kumasi

patients waiting for cataract surgery
patients waiting for cataract surgery

A team of six local ophthalmologists from Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, KATH, and HCP Co-Director Dr. Geoff Tabin completed 213 surgeries in Kumasi, Ghana, during a four-day high-volume cataract event in August. This is the largest intervention performed at KATH since HCP started working with the clinical staff in 2006.

Patients from 18 communities were screened by local optometrists and bused to KATH for surgery, including two infants with bilateral cataracts and five children. Dr. Tabin and KATH’s Dr. Seth Lartey also successfully performed nine cornea transplants bringing the total transplants for the year to over 40.  On average KATH performs 1500 to 2000 cataract surgeries per year in hospital and through outreach. 

The Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) has been working in collaboration with USAID/ASHA and KATH to complete a new surgical eye care center to increase volume and provide high quality care. The new center is almost complete and the inauguration is tentatively planned for April 2013, after the new center is fully functional.  

patients returning home
patients returning home
Nov 2, 2012

Two High Volume Cataract Outreach Camps in Nepal

A patient after a successful cataract surgery.
A patient after a successful cataract surgery.

In October, the Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) held two remote eye camps in Nepal, one in Hetauda and another in Phaplu.

HCP Co-Directors Drs. Geoff Tabin and Sanduk Ruit visited the Hetauda Community Eye Hospital and helped in an outreach microsurgical eye clinic. Affiliated Ophthalmologist Dr. Alan Crandall also participated, along with Hetauda ophthalmologists Drs. Pratibha Lama Joshi and Angira Shrestha.

A total of 1,200 patients were screened and 247 cataract surgeries were provided. 

Following Hetauda, Drs. Tabin and Crandall, together with partners from the District Community Eye Center, Solu Hospital, Nepal Red Cross Society and Himalayan Health and Environment Services, HCP and Tilganga, managed a two-day high-volume surgical event at the Phaplu Community Eye Center in honor of World Sight Day. 1,551 patients were screened and 92 cataract surgeries were provided to people from Solukhumbu, Okhaldhunga and Khotang. 

Tilamaya Bishwokarma, a 70 year old woman in Nepal, lost her sight more than a year and a half ago.  Unable to receive treatment in her remote village, Tilamaya was carried to Phaplu to receive cataract surgery.  After her successful cataract surgery she stated, "I never thought I would see this day."

Patients waiting for cataract surgery in Phaplu.
Patients waiting for cataract surgery in Phaplu.
Patients after receiving care.
Patients after receiving care.
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