Jan 8, 2019

Record Breaking Outreach Event in Ghana

Successful cataract campaign provides 481 sight-restoring surgeries.

Working with partners from the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi and the Tamale Teaching Hospital in Tamale, the Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) completed our largest cataract outreach in Ghana, to-date. A record 481 sight-restoring surgeries were provided during a high-volume cataract outreach event in Bolgatanga, Ghana from November 12-18.

Dr. John Welling, who serves as HCP’s Medical Coordinator for Ghana, oversaw the talented surgical team including Dr. Mercy Dawson, Dr. Akwasi Ahmed, Dr. Abigail Nyarko and Dr. Judith Simon along with HCP Affiliated Ophthalmologists Dr. Sam Farmer and Dr. Scott McClintic. HCP Country Representative Dr. Oscar Debrah and the Head of Ghana Eye Care Services, Dr. James Addy managed all of the planning and logistics, and without whom the event could not have taken place.

Finally, HCP was also lucky to have a great group of volunteers from Alder Security, based in Orem, Utah, who provided support to the surgical teams and captured some of the beautiful photos provided here. 

Dec 28, 2018

Successful Outreach in Mekelle, Ethiopia

Quiha Zonal Hospital provides 934 sight restoring surgeries

Partners at Quiha Zonal Hospital, led by local ophthalmologist Dr. Tilahun Kiros, provided 934 sight restoring cataract surgeries in just one week from September 2-7. The full team included HCP Co-Founder, Dr. Geoff Tabin; HCP Board Member, Guy Kezirian; Former HCP International Fellow and Affiliated Ophthalmologist, Dr. Zvi Kresh; HCP Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Jamie Clearfield; HCP Ghanaian partners, Drs. Oscar Debrah and James Addy; and HCP International Fellow Dr. Allison Jarstad.

Of the 934 surgeries performed, 846 were cataract surgeries. In addition to cataract, patients were screened for trachoma trichiasis (TT) as part of a two year initiative with the Izumi Foundation to implement a combined cataract and trachoma (“TT+”) program with partners at Arba Minch and Quiha Zonal Hospitals. In total, 85 trachoma trichiasis (TT) surgeries were performed as part of the outreach efforts.The TT+ program was developed to help HCP’s partners in Ethiopia provide services to those arriving at planned cataract screenings with a variety of non-cataract eye ailments including trachoma.

 

Nov 6, 2018

Successful Cataract Outreach & Trachoma Screenings

The team from Arba Minch Hospital in action
The team from Arba Minch Hospital in action

Arba Minch Hospital provides almost 1,000 sight restoring surgeries

Partners at Arba Minch Hospital, led by local ophthalmologist Dr. Dawit Gidey, provided 987 sight restoring cataract surgeries in just one week from August 21-27. The full team included HCP Co-Founder, Dr. Geoff Tabin; Hawaiian Eye Foundation Mission Surgeon, Dr. Jeff Rutgard; Hawaiian Eye Foundation Executive Director, Darrah Kauhane; HCP Ghanaian partners, Drs. Oscar Debrah and James Addy; and HCP International Fellow Dr. Allison Jarstad.

In addition to the cataract surgeries, patients were screened for trachoma trichiasis launching a new two year initiative with the Izumi Foundation to implement a combined cataract and trachoma (“TT+”) program with partners at Arba Minch and Quiha Zonal Hospitals. The TT+ program was developed to help HCP’s partners in Ethiopia provide services to those arriving at planned cataract screenings with a variety of non-cataract eye ailments including trachoma. Patients diagnosed with the infectious disease were scheduled to return for surgery in September.

 
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