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.
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).