Health  Nepal Project #736

Himalayan Cataract Project: Remote Eye Camps

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Himalayan Cataract Project: Remote Eye Camps
Himalayan Cataract Project: Remote Eye Camps
Himalayan Cataract Project: Remote Eye Camps
Himalayan Cataract Project: Remote Eye Camps
Himalayan Cataract Project: Remote Eye Camps
Himalayan Cataract Project: Remote Eye Camps
Himalayan Cataract Project: Remote Eye Camps
Himalayan Cataract Project: Remote Eye Camps
Himalayan Cataract Project: Remote Eye Camps
Himalayan Cataract Project: Remote Eye Camps
Himalayan Cataract Project: Remote Eye Camps
Himalayan Cataract Project: Remote Eye Camps

Sabitra received sight-restoring cataract surgery at a cataract outreach event at Tilganga's Ramechhap Community Eye Clinic in Ramechap, Nepal.

Accompanied by her son, Shikhar, Sabitra traveled over 2 hours by bus to Ramechhap. Following the successful cataract surgery, Sabitra’s vision was restored after 3 years of blindness in her left eye. Due to his mother's blindness, Shikhar had been unable to work. He said he can now go back to work without worrying about his mother and that her surgery had changed the lives of everyone in their family.

Tilganga ophthalmologists Dr. Indira Poudyal and Dr. Bibhuti Thapa were the lead surgeons for the outreach. Two HCP trainees from Ethiopia were also in attendance - Abraham Aregay from Woldiya Hospital and Asamenewu Godama from Arba Minch Hospital - both training in outreach management.

The team from Arba Minch Hospital in action
The team from Arba Minch Hospital in action

Arba Minch Hospital provides almost 1,000 sight restoring surgeries

Partners at Arba Minch Hospital, led by local ophthalmologist Dr. Dawit Gidey, provided 987 sight restoring cataract surgeries in just one week from August 21-27. The full team included HCP Co-Founder, Dr. Geoff Tabin; Hawaiian Eye Foundation Mission Surgeon, Dr. Jeff Rutgard; Hawaiian Eye Foundation Executive Director, Darrah Kauhane; HCP Ghanaian partners, Drs. Oscar Debrah and James Addy; and HCP International Fellow Dr. Allison Jarstad.

In addition to the cataract surgeries, patients were screened for trachoma trichiasis launching a new two year initiative with the Izumi Foundation to implement a combined cataract and trachoma (“TT+”) program with partners at Arba Minch and Quiha Zonal Hospitals. The TT+ program was developed to help HCP’s partners in Ethiopia provide services to those arriving at planned cataract screenings with a variety of non-cataract eye ailments including trachoma. Patients diagnosed with the infectious disease were scheduled to return for surgery in September.

Seven Recent Outreaches in Ghana and Ethiopia Result in over 1,300 Sight Restoring Surgeries

In July, Ghanaian partners at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and Operation Eyesight Universal and Ethiopian partners at Quiha Zonal Hospital, Gondar University Hospital, Woldiya Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital collectively provided over 1,300 sight restoring surgeries through seven outreach cataract events.

The following is an account of one of two outreach events organized by the Gondar University Department of Ophthalmology. In collaboration with Dangila Primary Hospital, a team from Gondar University Hospital provided eye care services for the community of Dangila, a town in northwestern Ethiopia, located in the Agew Awi Zone in Ethiopia Amhara Region. During this three day outreach a total of 2,127 patients were screened, of which 1,031 patients were treated with medicine for various eye ailments and 94 patients received sight-restoring cataract surgeries.


In the past month, HCP partners in Ghana and Ethiopia performed a total of 2,011 sight restoring surgeries! Details of each outreach can be found below:


Tarkwa: February 28 - March 02

A team led by HCP partner Dr. Boateng Wiafe, including Dr. Vera Essuman and Dr. Raymond Toseafa, managed a cataract outreach at Tarkwa Government Hospital, in partnership with Operation Eyesight Universal. The team provided 56 sight restoring surgeries.

Yegi: March 05 - 08

HCP partner Dr. Seth Lartey and a team from Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) led a three day outreach in Yegi, providing 255 sight restoring surgeries. This effort was the result of a partnership with the National Cataract Outreach Program that began as a pilot in 2017.

Kintampo: March 06

HCP partner Dr. Judith Simon and a team from Tamale Teaching Hospital led this one day outreach, providing 26 sight restoring surgeries.


Basketo Special Woreda: March 12 - 16

HCP Partner and cataract surgeon, Dr. Ato Abiyot Ayele and a team from the Arba Minch Hospital Eye Unit led this four day outreach at Basketo Laska Melse Zenawi Hospital. The team provided 225 sight restoring surgeries.

Delanta: March 19 - 25

HCP Partner, Dr. Muluken Fantaw led a team from Boru Meda at this outreach, which was held in Delanta in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia providing 346 sight restoring surgeries.

Motta: March 19 - 25

HCP Partners, Dr. Hiwto Mengistie and Dr. Abraham Aregay led a team from Felege Hiwot during this six day high volume outreach providing 1,103 sight restoring surgeries - including 150 Trachoma Trichiasis surgeries. The following is an account of the outreach from HCP Ethiopia Representative, Dr. Liknaw Adamu.

“Just wanted to share the happiness and joy of sight from a case during the Motta campaign. In the last photo, this lady saw her child for the 1st time after her surgery and her husband (nearest to her) was so happy. He was seen arriving at the hospital carrying their baby on his back, while leading his bilaterally blind wife to the hospital. Now his burden has been lifted as well.” 

First surgical outreach of the year results in 232 surgeries

The Himalayan Cataract Project’s first cataract outreach of 2018 provided surgery to 232 people between January 1st-6th. A team from Arba Minch managed the outreach in Yabelo, the zonal capital town of Borena, Ethiopia. A total 1,367 patients were screened, resulting in the 232 surgeries - 187 Cataract Surgeries and 45 Trachoma Trichiasis surgeries.

In Ethiopia, HCP provides:

  • Direct Service: HCP is reducing the backlog of cataract blindness by working with 11 partners to conduct outreach programs that target remote rural areas and provide field-based training opportunities. Since 2008, HCP has directly supported 106 high-volume cataract campaigns resulting in 17,318 cataract surgeries.
  • Training: HCP continues to increase utilization of eye care services by building a network of skilled, dedicated eye care professionals providing accessible, high-quality cataract and ophthalmic care. Since 2008, HCP has trained 323 ophthalmic personnel working at all levels of eye care in Ethiopia.
  • Infrastructure: HCP is making tremendous strides in developing a sustainable eye care infrastructure in Ethiopia by supporting the development and equipping of eye care facilities, and promoting the development of local centers of eye care excellence.

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Himalayan Cataract Project, Inc.

Location: Waterbury, VT - USA
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Twitter: @Himalayan Cataract Project
Project Leader:
Geoff Tabin
Waterbury, VT United States
$78,786 raised of $100,000 goal
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