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.
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.