HCP's main partner in Nepal, the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology continues to work in rural communities to rebuild a stronger and safer Nepal. In Dolakha, epicenter of the second May 2015 earthquake, Tilganga is establishing landslide protection at a new prefabricated eye center recently installed by building boundary walls. These walls are built below the surface and are designed to prevent future landslides in the event of severe weather or natural disaster. In the days and weeks following the 2015 earthquakes, continuing aftershocks and subsequent landslides severely restricted aid and relief from reaching those who needed it most. These landslide walls will go a long way to ensuring the Dolakha community is safe.
At Tilganga’s 24th anniversary ceremony, Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology also recognized the challenges facing those closer to home in Kathmandu. While none of Tilganga’s staff members were killed or severely injured during the quake, however dozens saw their homes destroyed. Tilganga recently provided 40 rebuilding grants for staff members to rebuild or move. These grants ensure that Tilganga’s dedicated staff will continue to be able to provide high quality care and continue the relief efforts.
Tilganga and HCP greatly appreciate the support of our donors in continuing to ensure a stronger Nepali future!
Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital continues to expand its cataract outreach program to rural Ghana. This past month saw the outreach team head to Gyetease in Sekyere Central District. Though only about an hour and a half from Kumasi, Gyetease is a world away in terms of readily available access to ophthalmologic care. Without any local ophthalmologists, those with eye trouble are seen only infrequently and/or have to travel to seek care. In this largely agricultural region, blindness and other eye ailments can be a terrible burden for patients and their families. The last outreach program to this region was over two years ago.
KATH’s clinical screening team examined nearly 1,000 people and 103 patients received surgery during the 3 days of surgery held. Of these, there were 3 children who received their vision back and 2 teens. Blindness among children and adolescents is particularly damaging with major impacts on children’s cognitive and physical development, and long-term social and economic challenges for their families. By reaching continuing to its outreach programs and regularly being able to visit villages lacking any ophthalmologic care, KATH is helping to reduce the burden of both childhood and adult blindness across Ghana.
KATH and HCP continue to thank donors like you for your continued support!
HCP partner, Jagadgauru Kripalu Chikitsalaya Charity Eye Hospital (JKEC), in Uttar Pradesh, India recently established a new eye hospital in Vrindavan, India. Vrindavan is located approximately 150 km south of Delhi and is considered a holy city for Hindus in India. The town lacked a charity hospital that provides high-quality eye care for those without ability to pay. With a catchment area of over 2.5 million people, JKEC built their new division to serve this population, and currently regularly now serves roughly 600-700 patients daily. In March 2016, JKEC invited the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TIO), HCP’s main implementing partner in Asia, to help manage the hospitals first cataract outreach. TIO’s Dr. Govinda Paudal managed the outreach at Vrindavan, which treated at total of 387 patients. The outreach also provided training opportunities for Dr. Sandhya of Vrindivan as well as over 25 nursing and optometry students in cataract outreach management and ocular anesthesia. These hands-on training opportunities are invaluable for the local doctors and staff to be able to continue providing high quality care, with and without HCP support.
JKEC Vrindavan has requested TIO and HCP’s support for at least two cataract outreach campaigns annually to reach the large number of needy patients across the district. Together with your support, we can transform eye care for this region of India.