The Himalayan Cataract Project's partner organization in Ghana, the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) recently took part in a high volume outreach event.
At the end of August and beginning of September, two surgeons, medical staff and two nurses from KATH joined a team from the Tamale Teaching Hospital, as well as a team from the Sunyani Regional Hospital to provide treatment to patients in Kintampo, in the Brong Ahafo region. Patients from six districts (Kintampo, Central Gonjo, Pru, Wenchi, Jema, Nkranza North, and Bamboi) were screened and treated over the course of two weeks. A total of 323 surgeries were performed, including seven surgeries on young children.
As immediate needs were being addressed, staff from Tilganga worked with architectural students to develop temporary shelters for families who had lost their homes. With an early monsoon season approaching, Tilganga staff purchased and delivered corrugated sheets and building supplies to help community members erect temporary houses. Thanks to our generous donors, HCP has been able to fund direct material aid to relieve suffering due the earthquake disaster.
Through it all, the Tilganga Institute and its network of community eye centers and hospitals continued to provide eye care. Between April 1 and June 30, over 50,400 individuals received eye surgeries at TIO while 11,831 surgeries were performed at rural centers. In many cases the physical structures have been damaged. While assessments and repairs are underway, Tilganga has contracted with a local company to replace community eye centers in Manang, Dolakha, Rasuwa, Sindhu and Nuwakot with earthquake-resistant prefabricated buildings. HCP will be supporting this and otherefforts to add to the resiliency of our mission in Nepal. Many thanks to all who are supporting this relief and reconstruction initiative!
"We will not get back the lives we lost, but livelihoods can be restored. Historical monuments have been destroyed, but they can be rebuilt. The crisis is a huge loss to the economy, but we can create hundreds of thousands of jobs during reconstruction." - Dr. Sanduk Ruit on moving forward after the devastating earthquakes in Nepal.
Since our last Global Giving report, Nepal was devastated by two earthquakes. Our partner in Kathmandu, the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, led by our co-founder, Dr. Sanduk Ruit, took immediate action, meeting the immediate urgent needs of those effected.
Tilganga provided truckloads of supplies containing food, medical supplies, tenst and linens to the most heavily damaged rural areas. At the hospital in Kathmandu, medical assistance was provided to those in need.
As monsoon fast approached, efforts shifted to creating temporary shelters to those who lost their homes in the earthquake. Temporary shelters are still being created in the Sindu area.
While Nepal and our partners continue recovery efforts, outreach in terms of cataract surgeries has been impacted, while immediate medical issues and needs are addressed.
Recovery and rehabilitation will be a long process, but work has already begun towards bringing Nepal back to its feet.
The Himalayan Cataract Project and our partners are so grateful for the support during this devastating event. In the words of Dr. Ruit, your compassion provided strength at a very challenging time.