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, 2013

A Successful Outreach in Hetauda, Nepal

Dr. Sanjita Sharma and a happy patient
Dr. Sanjita Sharma and a happy patient

Hetauda Community Eye Hospital (HCEH) in Nepal organized an outreach microscopic eye clinic in April.  Patients were screened from five different locations, and 335 surgeries were performed.  Himalayan Cataract Project Co-Directors Dr. Sanduk Ruit and Dr. Geoff Tabin, as well as Dr. Sanjita Sharma and Dr. Rachana Singh Rana from HCEH performed the surgeries.

HCEH is located in Southern Nepal and is a non-profit, sister organization of Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, which is also supported by the Himalayan Cataract Project.  Through outreach microscopic eye clinics we are able to reach people in rural areas who would normally not have the ability to travel to the hospitals for treatment.  By providing these outreach clinics, HCP is able to reach the most needy patients and provide high quality care, no matter their location or ability to pay.

Dr. Geoff Tabin examining a patient
Dr. Geoff Tabin examining a patient
Dr. Sharma and Dr. Tabin examine patients
Dr. Sharma and Dr. Tabin examine patients
Mar 25, 2013

New Eye Center in Ghana nearing Completion

New Eye Clinic in Kumasi nearing completion
New Eye Clinic in Kumasi nearing completion

The Eye Center at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana has been gearing up for the opening and equipping of a new three level clinic that will enable the ophthalmic staff to provide more sight-restoring surgeries at the hospital and in remote locations where patients do not have access to quality eye care. While the finishing touches are underway the outreach team is working with community planners in over 18 districts to educate and screen patients who are unaware of the services they can receive through donor support. Three outreaches are planned in the coming months. Stay tuned for more updates. 

Woman with cataract in left eye waiting for care
Woman with cataract in left eye waiting for care
Happy patients after surgery
Happy patients after surgery
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

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