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.
Jul 24, 2015

Updates on Nepal

Relief efforts
Relief efforts

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. 

A young earthquake victim treated at Tilganga
A young earthquake victim treated at Tilganga
Children in front of temporary shelter
Children in front of temporary shelter
Jul 6, 2015

Updates on Ghana

A young patient
A young patient

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).

Jun 11, 2015

Continuing the relief efforts in Nepal

The outreach efforts of the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology has continued on to the second phase of relief, with a focus on building temporary shelters for victims of the earthquake. 

This past weekend Himalayan Cataract Project co-founder Dr. Sanduk Ruit led a group from the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology to Sindhupalchowk, one of the districts that was greatly devastated by the earthquake. The team brought the people of the community 65 temporary shelters, with plans to complete a total of 100 shelters within the coming days. The shelters will be of great help to these families throughout the monsoon season, which typically lasts from June to August. Tilganga will reach out to additional communities to provide thse temporary shelters.

The next phase of relief will be providing permanent houses for those who lost their homes.

Dr. Ruit
Dr. Ruit
Interior of the temporary shelter
Interior of the temporary shelter
 
   

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