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."
The Himalayan Cataract Project has been partnered with Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital since 2006 and each year supports outreach events in the Ashanti region of northern Ghana as well as providing sub-specialty care and training in the hospital.
In June 2012, HCP former International Fellow, Dr. Matt Bujak, traveled to Kumasi to work with KATH's Dr. Seth Lartey. Together they performed 23 corneal tranplants at the facilty before traveling 700 miles away to provide over 60 cataract surgeries at an outreach in Kete Krachi in the Krachi-West district of Volta Region of Ghana.
Bishnu Maya Thami, a 51-year-old female from a rural village in Nepal, was blind for two years before arriving at the Dolakha Eye Center in May 2012. Before her sight was restored, Bishnu Maya was completely dependent on her daughter-in-law and neighbors. Through an outreach event, Bishu had her sight restored by a team from Tilganga - HCP's flagship training center.
Since November 2010, when HCP committed essential funds allowing Tilganga to take over the eye center’s management, more than 10,500 patients have benefited from its services. Tilganga’s clinical staff travels to Dolakha four times a year to perform outreach surgical events restoring sight to patients like Bishnu who wouldn’t be able to make the trip to Kathmandu and who would otherwise have no access to eye care.