Himalayan Cataract Project, Inc.

The Himalayan Cataract Project strives to eradicate preventable and curable blindness through high-quality ophthalmic care, education and the establishment of a world class eye care infrastructure.
Oct 30, 2015

Outreach in Mustang

Phechik Pre-Surgery
Phechik Pre-Surgery

A Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) supported outreach was held last month in the town of Mustang in Nepal, on the border of Nepal and Tibet. The screening was organized by HCP partner institution, the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, as well as the District Community Eye Centre Mustang and the District Health Office Mustang.

Four screening camps were held prior to the outreach. 500 patients were screened and 52 surgeries were completed at the outreach.

One of the patients was 70 year old Phechik. Phechik works at a Buddhist monastery, and had been bilaterally blind (blind in both eyes) for the past eight years. Villagers brought her to the outreach by bike. After surgery her sight was restored, and she was able to return to her home on her own, completely unassisted.

Phechik After Surgery
Phechik After Surgery
Oct 2, 2015

Outreach in Kintampo

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.

Sep 10, 2015

Work continues in Nepal

Dr. Ruit speaking with earthquake victims
Dr. Ruit speaking with earthquake victims

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.

A temporary shelter
A temporary shelter
Children in front of their temporary shelter
Children in front of their temporary shelter
 
   

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