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.
Apr 30, 2015

April 30th Update from Dr. Sanduk Ruit

The following is an update from our co-founder, Dr. Sanduk Ruit:

News about increasing casualty to more than 5,500 and thousands more homeless is making us sad. However, the Tilganga team is strongly committed to be where there is the most need. Dr. Reeta Gurung is in Dhading district with a Tilganga team distributing emergency relief materials, food and medical supplies for 1,500 families. Dr. Rohit Saiju and Elli have left for Nuwakot with relief materials for another 1,500 families. We are sending additional supplies — 50 sacks of rice, lentil & salt and solar lamps — to the Tilganga team in Melamchi led by Dr. Suman. Tomorrow, more supplies will go to very remote areas in helicopter.

Our existing ophthalmic network and credibility in these affected areas has been a great asset. All the staff members of Tilganga dedicated part of their salary for this cause.  We at Tilganga and the Nepalese people are moved by your generosity, faith and love for the work we are doing, and hopefully we will be an effective helping hand for thousands of people going through the worst disasters of their life.

—Sanduk Ruit

Apr 29, 2015

Update from Dr. Sanduk Ruit

Supplies being dispatched
Supplies being dispatched

Below is an update from Himalayan Cataract Project co-founder, Dr. Sanduk Ruit:

As the death toll mounts to more than 5,000 following Saturday's tragedy. The entire staff of Tilganga started relief operations with an enthusiasm I have never seen in them before. We have decided that it will take a long time and we need to run it professionally and effectively in the same the way as we have been conducting sigh restoration programs. This tragedy has left thousands of people homeless, helpless and broken. We have vowed to be part of their healing process with the help of our international partners. 
 
As of today morning, we have packed food and relief materials, emergency medical kits enough for thousand families with the team led by Dr.Suman Thapa, Khim Gurung and Krishna Gopal. They are already in Melamchi, Sindhupalchowk District, one of the worst affected areas. A similar group of medical team with supplies hopefully,will be leaving each day to different destinations ,  provided we get enough financial resources. Besides this, if we have substantial financial resources, we may even be able to reach out to very remote areas via helicopter.
 
Best Regards,
Sanduk Ruit
Apr 24, 2015

Training and outreach in Myanmar, Nepal and India

Myanmar Monk waiting for surgery
Myanmar Monk waiting for surgery

The Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP), along with the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, are working with the government of Myanmar to improve the nation's eye care system. As part of this work, in March, Himalayan Cataract Project Co-Founders Drs. Sanduk Ruit and Geoff Tabin, along with partners from the Yangoon Eye Hospital, completed a cataract and corneal surgical training workshop. Over a 10-day period, 30 ophthalmologists and 20 ophthalmology residents gained valuable surgical skills. Over 700 surgeries were completed at two locations (Yangoon and Taunggyu), including 11 corneal transplants. Patients ranged from 4 years to 106 years old. 

Additionally, HCP and Tilganga have discussed the development of a Cornea Eye Bank in Myanmar with local partners. Myanmar currently receives a far fewer number of cornea donations than what is needed. The development of a local eye bank would be a tremendous step towards curing corneal disease throughout the country.

Meanwhile in Nepal in March, Dr. Geoff Tabin participated in a four-day, hands-on cornea training workshop at the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Nepal. Dr. Tabin worked alongside four Nepali and one Indian corneal specialist to practice new techniques, review procedures, and provide ongoing assessment and training. In 2014, the eye bank had its most successful year with more than 550 corneas made available for transplant.

And in India Dr. Govind Paudyal and his team from the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology returned to Jagadguru Kripalu Chikitsalaya Charity Hospital in Mangahr, India, to work with local surgeons on a four-day cataract campaign. Working with local ophthalmologists, Dr. Paudyal’s team completed a total of 894 cataract surgeries and six other eye surgeries.

Post Op patients in India
Post Op patients in India
Future trainees in Myanmar
Future trainees in Myanmar
 
   

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