Himalayan Cataract Project: Remote Eye Camps

 
$52,261
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Jan 13, 2014

Eye Care in a Converted School House in Nepal

A Nepalese patient with sight restored
A Nepalese patient with sight restored

Himalayan Cataract Project International Fellow Dr. Ben Thomas participated in an outreach event in a small town in the Dhading district of Nepal. Dr. Thomas worked alongside Dr. Anu Manandhar (former HCP fellow) of the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, and performed 30 surgeries. The outreach was sponsored by Tilganga and the Fred Hollows Foundation and held at a local school; surgeries and follow-up care were all performed within classrooms. 

Outreach teams often reach inaccessible areas by foot and more often than not arrive to communities with no electricity and minimal sanitation and potable water. Within a matter of hours, the team can turn a dusty schoolhouse, or whatever building is available, into an equivalent medical ward where sight-restoring surgery is carried out to comparable standards found in the developed world.

Even in remote areas, the consistent goal of the team is to provide the highest quality eye care to as many people as possible and perform as many surgeries as possible. The eye camp ophthalmologists seek to treat everyone they can with a treatable eye disease. 

Another happy patient
Another happy patient
The classroom before set-up
The classroom before set-up
The classroom during surgery
The classroom during surgery
Dr. Thomas with patients
Dr. Thomas with patients
Oct 14, 2013

Outreach in Ladakh, India

Child in Ladakh, photo by Ace Kvale
Child in Ladakh, photo by Ace Kvale

In early September, the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology outreach team, from Kathmandu, Nepal, with support from HCP and others, organized a microsurgical outreach clinic in Ladakh, India.

Four pre-surgery screenings were held, where over 1,370 patients were screened for cataracts.  Local monks and organizations assisted with the screening process.

The outreach event provided over 180 successful cataract operations to patients came from five different regions in the Jammu/Kashimir region of mountainous India. Anitbiotic eye drops and bandages were provided to the patients post surgery and patients and family members were counseled on the care of the eyes.  A mass eye health education program was also held on the day of patient discharge to ensure post-operative care.

To read an article about the outreach, please visit the following link from The Telegraph, an Australian newspaper: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/dr-sanduk-ruit-worked-with-australian-icon-fred-hollows-and-has-gone-on-to-perfect-his-technique-and-teach-it-to-the-world/story-fni0cx4q-1226714692730.

There will be more photos to come.

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
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
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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Geoff Tabin

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Waterbury, VT United States

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