Jul 15, 2019

Dr. Fordjour

The role of training has always been central to the work of the HCP, particularly because we recognize that quality surgery must be the cornerstone of an effort to address cataract blindness and the vast majority of surgery must be performed by trained local personnel. This perspective underlies our every effort to train local providers at all levels – from sub-specialty ophthalmologists to nurses to equipment technicians. Dr. G. Fordjour from Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana is one such example.

From the central region of Ghana, Dr. Fordjour attended the University of Ghana Medical School and the Stanford Basic Ophthalmology course, she is a fellow of the West African College of Surgeons and Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons. She first heard about HCP from doctors at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital so she was familiar with the organization when we began a partnership with Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, where she was based.

Dr. Fordjour works with HCP at outreach events and supports HCP training in Ghana, most recently with the International Council of Ophthalmology exams. Additionally, as a Cornea Subspecialist, she has participated in several hands-on cornea workshops in Ghana with HCP Co-Founder, Dr. Geoff Tabin, former HCP International Fellow, Dr. Neda Nikpoor and most recently with outgoing HCP International Fellow, Dr. Allison Jarstad.

When asked how these training opportunities helped her or impacted her work, Dr. Fordjour explained:

“For these trainings, Drs. Neda and Allison brought donor corneas to my eye center. So corneal patients who could otherwise not afford surgeries received excellent transplant surgeries. Which also gave me experience doing transplant surgeries, which we cannot normally do because of a lack of donated corneas.

For the future of eye care in Ghana, I hope every patient will have access to care. To be able to have doctors with every surgical skill plus equipment and consumables available to them within the country.”

Dr. Fordjour notes the National Cataract Program as an example of progress in strengthening Ghana's eye care systems.

“The National Cataract Program supported by HCP is making cataract surgery and, to some extent, other eye care interventions accessible to remote parts of the country.”

But what drives Dr. Fordjour is the joy of sight-restoration and the effect it has on her patients’ lives.

“The satisfaction of seeing smiles on the faces of those who were blind a few hours before makes everything worthwhile. Packing and leaving the family can be difficult sometimes and operating in less than ideal conditions is hard, but the smiles and happiness - that satisfaction should be felt by all who donate to help cure blindness.”

 

Jun 19, 2019

High-Volume Outreach in Hosanna, Ethiopia

 

Outreach team provides nearly 1,000 surgeries in five days

Working with partners from WEEMA International, Woliata Sodo University Hospital and Arba Minch Hospital, the Himalayan Cataract Project managed a high-volume cataract intervention in Hosanna, Ethiopia. In just five days, the team provided 976 sight-restoring cataract surgeries with local ophthalmologists, Drs. Daniel Getaneh and Dawit Gidey; HCP Board Member, Dr. Matt Oliva; HCP Affiliated Ophthalmologist, Dr. Mike Feilmeier; volunteer, Peter Sturges and talented team of ophthalmic nurses and technicians.

 

HCP has partnered with WEEMA International to address blindness caused by cataracts in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region (SNNPR) of Ethiopia. Together with local hospitals and government partners, we are implementing high volume cataract campaigns annually in the region. Through this partnership, we hope to not only treat curable blindness caused by cataract using high-quality, cost-effective surgical methods but also to strengthen the capacity of existing eye care services through skills transfer.

Apr 29, 2019

Cataract Outreach in Sisaut, Nepal

This Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) cataract outreach in Nepal provided surgery to over 546 people in a rural area in Sisaut, Nepal. A team from HCP flagship partner, Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology managed the outreach in the Sarlahi District village in the Janakpur Zone of south-eastern Nepal. This outreach marks the first high-volume outreach of the year, in addition, an outreach in Ethiopia was held simultaneously by our partners at Woldia Hospital who performed 261 surgeries. 

Based in Kathmandu, Tilganga is led by Himalayan Cataract Project Co-Founder Dr. Sanduk Ruit, and serves as the Himalayan Cataract Project’s (HCP) base of operations in Asia. While the center operates independently, HCP is closely involved in Tilganga’s infrastructure, outreach and educational programs. 

 
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