Two outreaches were held at the end of 2016 in India. Four days were spent in Mangarh, where a total of 723 cataract surgeries were completed, and two days were spent in Vindraban, where 359 surgeries were completed. The outreach was organized by the Himalayan Cataract Project, Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, and JGK Mangarh and Vindraban.
Since 2004, the Himalayan Cataract Project and our flagship partner in Kathmandu, Nepal, the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, have treated over 200,000 patients and provided over 24,000 sight-restoring surgeries in Northern India.
The Himalayan Cataract Project and Tilganga have drastically improved eye care by creating a proven eye care model worthy of worldwide replication. Our top priority is to reach the greatest number of unserved blind people, with the highest quality care at the lowest cost possible.
More outreach events are planned throughout the coming months and we look forward to sharing more photos and stories from the field!
Working in partnership with Operation Eyesight Universal (OEU) in Ghana, the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) managed a cataract surgical outreach in Akim Akroso in eastern Ghana from November 7 – November 11, 2016 at St. Theresa’s Hospital. Over the course of the week, the team provided 98 cataract surgeries and 17 pterygium surgeries. The surgical team included Dr. Boateng Wiafe (OEU), Dr. Akwasi Ahmed (KATH), Dr. John Welling (HCP), Dr. Eric Hansen (HCP Fellow), Dr. Joseph Kwarteng (KATH 2nd year resident), Dr. Mercy Dawson (local cataract surgeon), Dr. John Pajka (Ohio), Dr. Michael Yim (3rd year Bascom Palmer resident), Dr. Kristen Mendoza (1st year Ohio State resident) and Mr. Nabin Rai (Medical Coordinator from Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, Nepal). In addition to performing surgeries, senior staff capitalized on the opportunity to train ophthalmology residents in small incision cataract surgery.
St. Theresa’s Hospital is a new facility, positioned between Accra and Kumasi, built as a partnership between Ohio State University and a Dutch non-profit organization. Much of the advanced screening was carried out by Dinah, an ophthalmic nurse from St. Theresa’s, and the follow-up will be managed by Dr. Mercy Dawson and Dinah.
Over the course of 10 days, partners from the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Nepal traveled to Myanmar to work with local ophthalmologists to provide over 500 sight-restoring surgeries, 60 in Yangon and 482 in Phyu.
In addition to the surgeries provided, the surgical interventions are a unique training opportunity for local doctors and trainees. Ten ophthalmologists participated in hands-on surgical training in Yangon with an additional 20 observing, and nine ophthalmologists participated in Phyu.
The Himalayan Cataract Project began working in Myanmar in 2014, when the government of Myanmar invited HCP co-founder, Dr. Sanduk Ruit, to strengthen the country’s ophthalmic capacity. To help these efforts, HCP successfully secured a USAID grant to provide state-of-the-art equipment for the Yangon Eye Hospital. HCP also supports the training of eye care personnel at the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology and additional locations.
A full story of HCP’s work in Myanmar is featured in USAID’s Frontlines news, How to Start a Medical Revolution.