Jomgon Kontrol Eye Center (JKEC) is one of HCP sponsored eye centers located in Kalimpong, India. The center’s outreach program conducts outreach eye camps twice every month. Last month, the outreach team set out for an eye camp in Central Dooars an area with a high percentage of cataract patients. They shared the story of one of the camp's patient.
Pinki Mahali is a 46 years old, single mother whose alcoholic and abusive husband left by herself to look after their 7 years old daughter. She was determined to make a living without any help from her husband until she developed cataracts in both eyes. Losing her sight was a huge setback for her as it became difficult for her to earn a living and support her daughter. That was until she was referred to JKEC for surgery. After the removal of the eye patch she regained her confidence and she is now ready to work again and look after her daughter.
On behalf of all the patients receiving care in outreach eye camps, thank you for your support.
For the second time this year, Dr. Govinda Paudel and a team from the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Nepal traveled to Jagadguru Kripalu Charity Hospital, Uttar Pradesh (UP), a remote location in India, to manage a cataract workshop in conjunction with local ophthalmologists. A total of 501 cataract surgeries were provided.
HCP has supported work in the UP since 2007, and each year the number of cataract surgeries provided at the outreach workshops has increased. HCP has committed to adding two additional high-volume cataract workshops in 2012 in India due to the great need.
Photos from an Outreach Microsurgical Eye Clinic at a Himalayan Cataract Project supported Solu Community Eye Centre located in Phaplu, Nepal.
Himalayan Cataract Project Co-Directors Dr. Geoff Tabin and Dr. Sanduk Ruit and a team from the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TIO) managed an outreach event at the Dolakha Lions Community Eye Center (DLEC), located in the mountainous district of Janakpur, Nepal. This OMEC was conducted by Tilganga Institute of Opthalmology with the support of Himalayan Cataract Project.
Prior to the OMEC, a team from DLEC conducted eight screening eye camps in the different areas examining a total of 1,751 patients and selecting 174 for cataract surgery. All patients were asked to put antibiotic eye drops in both eyes a day before their scheduled surgery.
After the surgery, patients were for 1 to 2 days for follow-up. On the first day, dressing was done and medicine was used frequently as per doctor’s prescription. Most patients were discharged on the second day after taking post-operative visual acuity test and after receiving instructions on how to care of their eyes. A few patients with complicated cases were kept till the third day for observation and treatment.
I am happy to report that we got 2011 off to a great start on our quest to restore sight to the people of the Himalayas!
Between January 17 - 19th, Dr. Bajimaya from Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TIO) conducted an OMEC in Manthali a village development committee in Ramechhap District in northeastern Nepal. As a result, 1597 people were screened and a total of 188 surgeries performed.
In February, Hetauda Community Eye Hospital organized eye screening programs on rural and underprivileged villages of Makawanpur district. Two screening camp were held on Epa Village Development Committee (VDC) and in Bharta VDC. Both of screening were the first health camp ever held in these villages.
208 patient were examined in Epa VDC screening camp and among them 27 cataracts were found. Similarly one 148 patients were screened in Bharta VDC and 12 cataracts were found. With the support of the Himalayan Cataract Project, Hetauda Community Eye Hospital provided free of cost surgery to all cataract patients at the base hospital. All patients returned happily after undergoing the sight-restoring procedure.
Currently, TIO's Dr. Govinda is leading a four-day OMEC at the Jagatguru Kripalu Charity Hospital in Uttar Pradesh in Northearn India. It is anticipated that at least 1800 people will be screened and an estimated 600 surgeries performed.
On behalf of the Himalayan Cataract Project, I would like to thank everyone for your continued interest in our project. It is only with your generous support that we are able to bring high quality eye care to the remotest areas of the Himalayas.
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