Bishnu Maya Thami, a 51-year-old female from a rural village in Nepal, was blind for two years before arriving at the Dolakha Eye Center in May 2012. Before her sight was restored, Bishnu Maya was completely dependent on her daughter-in-law and neighbors. Through an outreach event, Bishu had her sight restored by a team from Tilganga - HCP's flagship training center.
Since November 2010, when HCP committed essential funds allowing Tilganga to take over the eye center’s management, more than 10,500 patients have benefited from its services. Tilganga’s clinical staff travels to Dolakha four times a year to perform outreach surgical events restoring sight to patients like Bishnu who wouldn’t be able to make the trip to Kathmandu and who would otherwise have no access to eye care.
Himalayan Cataract Project Co-Directors Dr. Geoff Tabin and Dr. Sanduk Ruit and a team from the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TIO) managed an outreach event at the Dolakha Lions Community Eye Center (DLEC), located in the mountainous district of Janakpur, Nepal. This OMEC was conducted by Tilganga Institute of Opthalmology with the support of Himalayan Cataract Project.
Prior to the OMEC, a team from DLEC conducted eight screening eye camps in the different areas examining a total of 1,751 patients and selecting 174 for cataract surgery. All patients were asked to put antibiotic eye drops in both eyes a day before their scheduled surgery.
After the surgery, patients were for 1 to 2 days for follow-up. On the first day, dressing was done and medicine was used frequently as per doctor’s prescription. Most patients were discharged on the second day after taking post-operative visual acuity test and after receiving instructions on how to care of their eyes. A few patients with complicated cases were kept till the third day for observation and treatment.
Jomgon Kontrol Eye Center (JKEC) is one of HCP sponsored eye centers located in Kalimpong, India. The center’s outreach program conducts outreach eye camps twice every month. Last month, the outreach team set out for an eye camp in Central Dooars an area with a high percentage of cataract patients. They shared the story of one of the camp's patient.
Pinki Mahali is a 46 years old, single mother whose alcoholic and abusive husband left by herself to look after their 7 years old daughter. She was determined to make a living without any help from her husband until she developed cataracts in both eyes. Losing her sight was a huge setback for her as it became difficult for her to earn a living and support her daughter. That was until she was referred to JKEC for surgery. After the removal of the eye patch she regained her confidence and she is now ready to work again and look after her daughter.
On behalf of all the patients receiving care in outreach eye camps, thank you for your support.
For the second time this year, Dr. Govinda Paudel and a team from the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Nepal traveled to Jagadguru Kripalu Charity Hospital, Uttar Pradesh (UP), a remote location in India, to manage a cataract workshop in conjunction with local ophthalmologists. A total of 501 cataract surgeries were provided.
HCP has supported work in the UP since 2007, and each year the number of cataract surgeries provided at the outreach workshops has increased. HCP has committed to adding two additional high-volume cataract workshops in 2012 in India due to the great need.
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