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.
The Dolakha region was devastated by the two earthquakes that hit Nepal in 2015 with the epicenter of the second quake being very close to Dolakha. A rugged mountainous area roughly 135 km from Kathmandu, Dolakha reported over 800 people killed and 2,400 people injured. The Dolakha Community Eye Center was damaged in the earthquakes and repairs were needed to ensure safety and continued hospital operations. Dolakha Community Eye Center - one of the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology’s 14 satellite centers throughout rural Nepal - has been providing the region with affordable eye care services since 2003.
The Dolakha Community Eye Center building suffered damage structurally though the overall building foundation remained sound. The repairs made were for several wall cracks, and plaster and tile damage, as well as waterproofing the basement against water seepage from damage. Repairs were made and completed in early March 2016.
The Himalayan Cataract Project and the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology truly appreciate all the donors who made these repairs possible. Community Eye Centers are a vital component of our shared goal to reach everyone throughout rural Nepal with sight-saving eye care and education. With these repairs, the Dolakha Community Eye Center staff and patients can return to a safe building and services can resume 100%. Thank you.