Volunteer with the Himalayan Cataract Project

One of the most critical eye health deficits in the developing world is the lack of adequately trained eye care personnel, especially in rural areas. The Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) works with local eye care partners throughout Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa to develop cost effective approaches for high-quality cataract surgery and clinical knowledge in ophthalmology sub-specialties including cornea, glaucoma, pediatric, oculoplastics, vitro-retina, and advanced anterior segment.

The Himalayan Cataract Project seeks fully-licensed, board-certified ophthalmologists to serve as volunteers in support of our efforts to eradicate preventable and treatable blindness. While we value the skills of other medical personnel and we appreciate the interest of all volunteers, we are unable to accept and place non-ophthalmologist volunteers at this time.

Himalayan Cataract Project Volunteer Ophthalmologists: Overseas Trainer and Hosting International Observers

HCP Volunteer Ophthalmologists address the need for trained eye care professionals by providing hands-on training at HCP partner institutions or by hosting an international trainee at the Volunteer Ophthalmologists’ private practice or academic institution.

Overseas Training

HCP Volunteer Ophthalmologists may provide overseas training, usually for one to two weeks at a time. The Himalayan Cataract Project will match Volunteer Ophthalmologists in accordance with subspecialty skill areas. Typical activities include hands-on training, surgical demonstration, diagnostic consultation, and lectures. Rather than focusing on service delivery, HCP Volunteer Ophthalmologists are dedicated to the exchange of knowledge and skills.

Host an International Observer

In the International Observer Program, HCP Volunteer Ophthalmologists provide an opportunity for international trainees to observe best practices of sub-specialty care at U.S. academic institutions and/or in private practice settings. The length of training ranges from one week to three months. HCP asks the Volunteer Ophthalmologists in the U.S. to provide accommodations, when possible, for international trainees.

Learn More and Apply

A committee reviews volunteer applications on a quarterly basis, and HCP will strive to match your desire and background with the needs of our programs. Nevertheless, given the constraints of international funding and travel, we regret that not all requests can be approved. Once you submit your application, HCP will acknowledge via email that it has been received. Thank you in advance for your interest in the Himalayan Cataract project and your dedication to global eye care.

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Not a fully-licensed, board certified ophthalmologist but still want to support HCP’s mission?

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