A team of six local ophthalmologists from Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, KATH, and HCP Co-Director Dr. Geoff Tabin completed 213 surgeries in Kumasi, Ghana, during a four-day high-volume cataract event in August. This is the largest intervention performed at KATH since HCP started working with the clinical staff in 2006.
Patients from 18 communities were screened by local optometrists and bused to KATH for surgery, including two infants with bilateral cataracts and five children. Dr. Tabin and KATH’s Dr. Seth Lartey also successfully performed nine cornea transplants bringing the total transplants for the year to over 40. On average KATH performs 1500 to 2000 cataract surgeries per year in hospital and through outreach.
The Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) has been working in collaboration with USAID/ASHA and KATH to complete a new surgical eye care center to increase volume and provide high quality care. The new center is almost complete and the inauguration is tentatively planned for April 2013, after the new center is fully functional.
In October, the Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) held two remote eye camps in Nepal, one in Hetauda and another in Phaplu.
HCP Co-Directors Drs. Geoff Tabin and Sanduk Ruit visited the Hetauda Community Eye Hospital and helped in an outreach microsurgical eye clinic. Affiliated Ophthalmologist Dr. Alan Crandall also participated, along with Hetauda ophthalmologists Drs. Pratibha Lama Joshi and Angira Shrestha.
A total of 1,200 patients were screened and 247 cataract surgeries were provided.
Following Hetauda, Drs. Tabin and Crandall, together with partners from the District Community Eye Center, Solu Hospital, Nepal Red Cross Society and Himalayan Health and Environment Services, HCP and Tilganga, managed a two-day high-volume surgical event at the Phaplu Community Eye Center in honor of World Sight Day. 1,551 patients were screened and 92 cataract surgeries were provided to people from Solukhumbu, Okhaldhunga and Khotang.
Tilamaya Bishwokarma, a 70 year old woman in Nepal, lost her sight more than a year and a half ago. Unable to receive treatment in her remote village, Tilamaya was carried to Phaplu to receive cataract surgery. After her successful cataract surgery she stated, "I never thought I would see this day."
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.