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May 21, 2018

Cataract Outreaches in Ethiopia and Ghana

 

In the past month, HCP partners in Ghana and Ethiopia performed a total of 2,011 sight restoring surgeries! Details of each outreach can be found below:

Ghana

Tarkwa: February 28 - March 02

A team led by HCP partner Dr. Boateng Wiafe, including Dr. Vera Essuman and Dr. Raymond Toseafa, managed a cataract outreach at Tarkwa Government Hospital, in partnership with Operation Eyesight Universal. The team provided 56 sight restoring surgeries.

Yegi: March 05 - 08

HCP partner Dr. Seth Lartey and a team from Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) led a three day outreach in Yegi, providing 255 sight restoring surgeries. This effort was the result of a partnership with the National Cataract Outreach Program that began as a pilot in 2017.

Kintampo: March 06

HCP partner Dr. Judith Simon and a team from Tamale Teaching Hospital led this one day outreach, providing 26 sight restoring surgeries.

Ethiopia

Basketo Special Woreda: March 12 - 16

HCP Partner and cataract surgeon, Dr. Ato Abiyot Ayele and a team from the Arba Minch Hospital Eye Unit led this four day outreach at Basketo Laska Melse Zenawi Hospital. The team provided 225 sight restoring surgeries.

Delanta: March 19 - 25

HCP Partner, Dr. Muluken Fantaw led a team from Boru Meda at this outreach, which was held in Delanta in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia providing 346 sight restoring surgeries.

Motta: March 19 - 25

HCP Partners, Dr. Hiwto Mengistie and Dr. Abraham Aregay led a team from Felege Hiwot during this six day high volume outreach providing 1,103 sight restoring surgeries - including 150 Trachoma Trichiasis surgeries. The following is an account of the outreach from HCP Ethiopia Representative, Dr. Liknaw Adamu.

“Just wanted to share the happiness and joy of sight from a case during the Motta campaign. In the last photo, this lady saw her child for the 1st time after her surgery and her husband (nearest to her) was so happy. He was seen arriving at the hospital carrying their baby on his back, while leading his bilaterally blind wife to the hospital. Now his burden has been lifted as well.” 

Mar 26, 2018

Profile: Dr. Sadik Taju

Dr. Sadik Taju
Dr. Sadik Taju

HCP Recognizes the Contributions of Pediatric Ophthalmology Specialist and Head of Pediatrics at Menelik II Referral Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Dr. Sadik Taju.

HCP began working with Dr. Sadik Taju in 2012 when he assumed a joint position at Ayder Hospital and Quiha Zonal Hospital in Mekelle, Ethiopia. A year later, Dr. Sadik organized a month-long outreach program at Quiha Zonal Hospital, where he and his team performed over 2,000 surgeries in just four weeks. In January of 2015, Dr. Sadik started a full year-long surgical fellowship in pediatrics at the Sick Kids Children’s Hospital Toronto, Canada. After successful completion of the program, Dr. Sadik was recognized as the first pediatric ophthalmologist in Ethiopia with a full surgical fellowship. He is now head of Pediatric Ophthalmology at Menelik II Referral Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In September of 2016, Dr. Sadik began leading the HCP project: Improving Pediatric Eye Health in Ethiopia - supported by a grant through the USAID Child Blindness Program. The continued aim of this project is to build the capacity of Menelik II’s pediatric ophthalmology staff in order to ensure both the provision of high quality care as well as essential personnel capable of training the next generation of pediatric ophthalmologists in Ethiopia.

Dr. Sadik continues to lead HCP’s pediatric efforts in Ethiopia and champions its successes - seeing the emergence of a superior eye care system for children within the country.

"When I was in Toronto for my fellowship, my mentor told me something that I think of all the time. She said it wasn't that long ago that Canada also suffered from a lack of eye care systems. So I see that for Ethiopis and I can see a future in my lifetime where this is possible. It is why I came back to Ethiopia, because I knew my country and its children needed me. With HCP's support, we are one step closer." - Dr. Sadik Taju Sherief

 

Mar 2, 2018

2018 Ghana Stakeholders Meeting

Partnerships matter!
Partnerships matter!

The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi hosted the 2018 Ghana Stakeholders Meeting at the end of January bringing together HCP partners working in Ghana and supporting KATH’s efforts to improve eye care. As the Himalayan Cataract Project continues to broaden our efforts in Ghana, ever expanding our collaboration with KATH, Orbis and the John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah, opportunities to strengthen our collective work are invaluable. We accomplish far more by leveraging partnerships than any single entity on its own.

During this three day summit, presentations were given by HCP Staffers and In-Country Personnel, KATH Eye Unit Department Heads, and representatives from Orbis and the Moran Eye Center. Presenters included HCP Chief of Program Administration, Pamela Clapp; Ophthalmologist at the Moran Eye Center and former HCP International Fellow, Dr. Eric Hansen; Head of the KATH Eye Clinic and Cornea Specialist, Dr. Seth Lartey; Orbis International Africa Country Representative, Dr. Maria Hagan; and Residency Program Director and Medical Retina Specialist at KATH, Dr. Amos Aikins.

HCP has worked in Ghana for 11 years, with over 300,000 patients served and over 22,000 surgeries provided by our partners. In 2017, HCP saw a steady increase in outreach and hospital-based surgeries as well as training opportunities with a focus on strengthening the Residency Program.

In 2018, HCP hopes to add five new partners to support the National Cataract Outreach Program, double outreach surgery targets from 3,500 to 7,000 and continue to invest in infrastructure. 

Entrance to Agogo Hospital in Ghana
Entrance to Agogo Hospital in Ghana
Head Nurse Gifty giving presentation
Head Nurse Gifty giving presentation
HCP Chief of Program Administration, Pamela Clapp
HCP Chief of Program Administration, Pamela Clapp
Patient seen during a site visit
Patient seen during a site visit
 
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