The Himalayan Cataract Project's main partner in Ghana, the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), has been making strides in the fight to alleviate preventable blindness. KATH has accepted four new residents. These residents will make a total of 15 who will benefit from an increased emphasis on hands-on training, including newly added surgical rotations collaborating with the country's highest performing cataract surgeons. They will also have access to state-of-the equipment that just arrived in the country.
Providing training and hands on skills transfer to local eye care professionals creates a sustainable program to ensure that patients needs are continually met
In addition to this training, a high volume cataract campaign is being planned for the week of August 24th in Kimtompo in the Brong Ahafo region 2.5 hours from Kumasi anticipating 300-500 surgeries.
Year to date, KATH has provided 760 surgeries (666 in house; 82 patients bussed in; 12 surgeries provided during an outreach).
The outreach efforts of the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology has continued on to the second phase of relief, with a focus on building temporary shelters for victims of the earthquake.
This past weekend Himalayan Cataract Project co-founder Dr. Sanduk Ruit led a group from the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology to Sindhupalchowk, one of the districts that was greatly devastated by the earthquake. The team brought the people of the community 65 temporary shelters, with plans to complete a total of 100 shelters within the coming days. The shelters will be of great help to these families throughout the monsoon season, which typically lasts from June to August. Tilganga will reach out to additional communities to provide thse temporary shelters.
The next phase of relief will be providing permanent houses for those who lost their homes.
Within days of the earthquake hitting Nepal, our partners from the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology have been providing emergency relief supplies to the hardest hit, rural areas.
Dr. Suman Thapa and a team from Tilganga provided 1,000 families in the Sindhu district relief packages, which includes rice, lentils, salt, and water purification liquid.
In the Bhaktapur municipality, Himalayan Cataract Project co-founder Dr. Sanduk Ruit, and a team from Tilganga, distributed three tons of rice, 250 kg of lentils, hundreds of packets of noodles and sugar.
Dr. Rojit Saiju and a team distributed emergency relief packages to 1,000 families in the Nuwakot district, and in the Dhading district Dr. Reeta Gurung and a team distributed relief packages to another 1,000 families.
The work continues as the demand increases for more of Tilganga's support to rural districts.