Project #736

Himalayan Cataract Project: Remote Eye Camps

by Himalayan Cataract Project, Inc.
Mar 16, 2010

Remote Outreach Eye Camps Updates

In response to your support, the HCP would like to express our sincere gratitude for your continued involvement with this project. We greatly appreciate your support in the past and hope that you’ll continue to join us in our efforts to eradicate preventable blindness.

Since 1994, a total of 68,174 sight-restoring surgeries were performed in various Remote Outreach Eye Camps (OMECs) in Nepal, India, Tibet, and Bhutan. In 2009, the HCP sponsored 7 OMECs in which 7,681 people were screened and 1347 sight restoring surgeries were performed. Between February 10th and 14th, 11 screening camps were conducted in central Nepal. As a result, 2,858 patients were examined and 581 cataract patients were selected. The following are stories from two patients:

Rajkali Dhanuka a 60-year-old woman from Bara District was very happy when she got her sight back. Before her surgery, she could only hear her grandson’s voice and she felt hurt because she couldn’t see him. She was very eager to see her grandson and she is now very pleased with Dr. Ruit and his team. She said " you (Dr. Ruit) are god, my house is temple and my son and grandsons are holly gods "

Mrs. Dhanamaya Pandey a 70-year-old woman from Makawanpur District used to care for local villagers’ goats and buffaloes daily. Due to her sight loss, she could not continue her work and she spent her days lying in a corner in her house. She heard the notice of the eye camp on local radio and she came to check up her eye, the screening team found cataract as the cause of her sight loss and brought her to the hospital. At first she declined surgery due to fear but after counseling she finally agreed. After surgery she said "if I had rejected surgery my life would be worst, now I am happy I can see every where and every one, I can continue my daily work."



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Himalayan Cataract Project, Inc.

Location: Waterbury, VT - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Geoff Tabin
Waterbury, VT United States

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