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.
Dec 22, 2010

Goaso Outreach

Patients waiting for surgery
Patients waiting for surgery

In 2010, a total of 904 sight-restoring surgeries were performed in Outreach Eye Camps in Ghana. Below is a quick update of the latest outreach camp in Goaso:

Goaso is the district capital of Asunafo district located on the western corridor of Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana. Goaso is about 124 miles north west of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi. The district has no ophthalmologist and the only eye care workers are an optician and an optometrist who are based in the District Hospital. With a population of 170,000 it is estimated that 1,000 to 1,200 people may be blind from causes such as cataract, glaucoma and corneal opacities.

Dr. Peter Osei-Bonsu of KATH led an outreach camp at the Goaso District Hospital. Prior to the outreach, a team from the hospital screened 934 people. Over a period of two days, Dr. Osei-Bonsu performed 69 cataract surgeries.

 One of the patients who received surgery in Goaso was Seidu Billiak a 73-year-old man from Mim in the Brong Ahafo region. He had worked as a watchman in a private home until two years ago when he was let go. He is still strong enough to work but he experienced difficulties due to his vision loss. After undergoing sight-restoring surgery, he was hopeful to return to work soon.

On behalf of our partners from KATH and all those who have benefited from your generous support, I would like thank you for your contribution and I hope you continue to support us in the future.

 

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the year 2011.

 


 

Patient Exam
Patient Exam
Patients after surgery
Patients after surgery
Seidu
Seidu
Dec 21, 2010

2010 in Review

Dear Friends,

 2010 has been a busy year for our project. With your help, a total of 24 Eye Camps were conducted in the Nepal, Tibet, China, Bhutan, and Northern India. A total of 26,062 people were screened and out of them 5,176 received sight-restoring surgeries.

In addition, ophthalmologists and ophthalmic nurses from different countries were able to participate in these Remote Eye Camps to expand their skills in high volume cataract surgery.

I want to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude for your generous contributions.  It is only with your continued support that we can continue the fight against curable and preventable blindness.

 Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the year 2011.

 P.S. I hope you enjoy reading our 2009 Annual Report and our Best of 2010 highlights.


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Oct 7, 2010

Gyetiase Outreach

Cataract Operation
Cataract Operation

Gyetiase is a small village with population of about 1000 people, located about one and a half hour drive from Kumasi and about 10 minute drive from Mampong, the second largest town in Ashanti region. In August, Dr. Peter Osei-Bonsu, a pediatric ophthalmologist at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), led his fourth surgical outreach in Gyetiase.

Screening was done prior to the outreach and the screening team selected 52 patients. Out of the selected patients, 43 showed up for surgery and 31 were confirmed operable by Dr. Osei-Bonsu. Surgery was carried out on an operating table built by a local carpenter.

All 31 patients had successful cataract surgery. They were examined the next day and received a follow-up exam two weeks later. Based on the follow-up exams, Dr. Osei-Bonsu declared that the outcome of this surgical outreach was "very good".



Cataract Patient
Cataract Patient
Post-Op. Patients
Post-Op. Patients
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