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Outreach in Hetauda, Nepal

Dr. Matt Oliva with patients

Dr. Matt Oliva participated in an outreach event with local partners in Hetauda, Nepal, that examined 2,823 patients in Makawanpur, Bara and Parsa districts and provided 463 cataract surgeries. [more]

April 2014

KATH in Ghana increases outreach work

Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) outreach event

The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) outreach team continues to increase its activity and recently organized a surgical outreach in the western part of the country.[more]

April 2014

Collaboration and care in southern Ethiopia

Dr. Huck Holz and a patient

HCP affiliated ophthalmologists teamed up with local partners in southern Ethiopia to provide surgery to a total of 670 patients, including 13 children.[more]

April 2014

March 2014 Newsletter

News of the Himalayan Cataract Project's recent activities.[more]

March 2014

Ophthalmology meeting at KATH in Ghana

A meeting for Ghana’s ophthalmic community was held at KATH on February 23 to discuss KATH’s critical role in addressing the countries eye care needs. [more]

March 2014

Sub-specialty training at TIO in Nepal

Dr. Alemu, Job Heintz and Dr. Chen

HCP is supporting the training of two vitreo retinal specialists at the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Nepal.[more]

March 2014

Tilganga to expand reach in Nepal with help from Standard Chartered Bank

Standard Chartered Bank and Tilganga officials

“Standard Chartered is honoured to be associated with Tilganga, a world class facility for dealing with avoidable blindness.”[more]

March 2014

Southwest Ethiopia’s first corneal transplant

Dr. Jafer in the operating room

HCP is improving Ethiopia’s cornea capacity by training surgeons, providing critical instruments and equipment, and increasing the capacity of the country’s eye bank.[more]

March 2014

Cataract & cornea workshop in Kumasi, Ghana

Drs. Seth Larty and Geoff Tabin

In all, 160 cataract surgeries (including 20 patients who were bilaterally blind) and six corneal transplant surgeries were provided.[more]

March 2014

Inauguration of the Eye Center at KATH in Ghana

Photos from the formal inauguration of the Eye Center at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ghana.

March 2014

Consistent care in Hetauda, Nepal

Eye patients in western Nepal

In February, the Hetauda team organized an outreach event that screened 600 patients and provided 201 cataract surgeries.[more]

March 2014

February 2014 Newsletter

News of the Himalayan Cataract Project's recent activities.[more]

February 2014

Indian trainees at Tilganga in Nepal

One ophthalmologist and two ophthalmic nurses from S.N.M. Hospital in Ladakh, India, arrived in Nepal recently for SICS training.[more]

February 2014

Dr. Robert Hoffman in Bhutan

Dr. Robert Hoffman and Dr. Dechen Wangmo

HCP volunteer ophthalmologist Dr. Robert Hoffman visited Bhutan for his yearly trip to work with HCP partner Dr. Dechen Wangmo.[more]

February 2014

Micro surgical eye camp in Nepal: 1,602 patients examined


An outreach micro surgical eye camp in Nepal examined 1,602 patients and provided 380 cataract surgeries to patients from four districts: Makawanpur, Sarlahi, Rautahat & Bara.[more]

February 2014

Training for two ophthalmologists from Ethiopia

Drs. Tabin and Zewdu

Dr. Alemu Kerie completed an observership in vitreous and retina at the Moran Eye Center. Dr. Wossen Mulugeta Zewdu completed an observership with several HCP affiliated ophthalmologists.[more]

February 2014

First day of surgery at KATH Eye Center in Ghana

The first cataract surgeries were performed in the new operating theatres at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital Eye Center in Kumasi, Ghana, on January 22, 2014.[more]

February 2014

Reducing the backlog of cataract blindness in Ethiopia

In January 2014, HCP and its Ethiopian and Nepalese partners made a substantial contribution to reducing the backlog of cataract blindness in rural Ethiopia.[more]

February 2014

January 2014 Newsletter

News of the Himalayan Cataract Project's recent activities.[more]

January 2014

Training for Ethiopian doctors

Quiha Zonal Hospital, Ethiopia

Dr. Menen Ayalaw was in Nepal at Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology while Drs. Almaz Kefey Araya, Daniel Getaneh Mulatu & Haftamu Assefa Mezgebu start residency in Addis Ababa.[more]

January 2014

A second cataract outreach organized by partners in southern Ethiopia

Post-operative cataract patients

HCP partners at Arbaminch Hospital in southern Ethiopia recently organized an outreach cataract workshop where 94 surgeries were provided over four days.[more]

January 2014

Fourth consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator

Four star charity

The Himalayan Cataract Project has received its fourth consecutive 4-star rating for good governance from Charity Navigator.[more]

January 2014

Eye care in a converted schoolhouse in Nepal

HCP International Fellow Dr. Ben Thomas participated in an outreach event in a small town in the Dhading district of Nepal.[more]

January 2014

High-volume cataract campaign organized by Ethiopian partners

A patient after surgery

A cataract campaign in southern region of Ethiopia (Gurage Zone) provided 2,001 cataract surgeries over 25 days.[more]

January 2014

December 2013 Newsletter

News of the Himalayan Cataract Project's recent activities.[more]

December 2013

HCP at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting in New Orleans

Dr. Geoff Tabin at AAO

HCP had its largest Annual Affiliated Ophthalmologist Meeting to date to discuss upcoming programmatic efforts.[more]

December 2013

Bhutanese ophthalmologists train at Tilganga in Nepal

Dr. Kunzang Lhaki Dorji and Dr. Phuntsho Wangdi

HCP is in its third five-year agreement with the Royal Government of Bhutan to improve eye care in Bhutan.[more]

December 2013

Two Ethiopian ophthalmologists in the US for sub-specialty observorships

Dr. Zewdu with Dr. Matt Oliva

Dr. Wossen Mulugeta Zewdu and Dr. Alemu Keri from Ethiopia are in the US for training.[more]

December 2013

Hetauda Community Eye Hospital celebrates its 5th anniversary

Dr. Sanjita Sharma with a patient in Hetauda

Upgraded from a Community Eye Center in 2008 with HCP support, Hetauda provides comprehensive quality eye care in the Makwanpur district of Nepal. [more]

December 2013

Eye clinic construction progresses in Phaplu, Nepal

Site Purification Ceremony in January 2013

The construction of a new stand-alone eye clinic in Phaplu, Nepal, is nearing completion. [more]

December 2013

Eye care in West Bengal, India, and Jiri, Nepal

Patients gather for post-operative exams

Eye care activities at the Jomgon Kongtrol Eye Centre in Kalimpong, India, and restoring sight and hope to residents of in Jiri, Nepal.[more]

December 2013

November 2013 Newsletter

News of the Himalayan Cataract Project's recent activities.

November 2013

Special Event in Seattle on December 2

Dr. Geoff Tabin

HCP's Dr. Geoff Tabin & Dr. Matt Oliva will speak on December 2 at Town Hall Seattle.

November 2013

Tilganga launches new program in Myanmar

Drs. Wah Wah and Chen

HCP Co-Founder Dr. Sanduk Ruit & a team from Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology completed high-volume workshops in Myanmar providing 1,242 surgeries.[more]

October 2013

Cornea fellowships for Ethiopian ophthalmologists

Dr. Audrey Rostov and Dr. Wossen Mulugeta

HCP supports several sub-specialty fellowships for eye care personnel from our partner institutions throughout the Himalayas and Sub-Saharan Africa each year.[more]

October 2013

HCP International Fellow in Ghana

Dr. Zvi Kresch is at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana, for six weeks to lecture ophthalmology residents and provide hands-on surgical training.[more]

October 2013

October 2013 Newsletter

News of the Himalayan Cataract Project's recent activities.

October 2013

World Sight Day surgeries in Nepal

Patients flocked to Hetauda

The Hetauda Community Eye Hospital celebrated with a free high-volume cataract workshop during which 1,046 patients were examined and 414 cataract surgeries were provided. [more]

October 2013

HCP partner recognized by Ethiopian Ophthalmology Society

Drs. Tilahun and Hailu

HCP partner Dr. Tilahun Kiros of Quiha Zonal Hospital in Ethiopia was awarded the Dr. Wondus Award by the Ethiopian Ophthalmology Society.[more]

October 2013

September 2013 Newsletter

News of the Himalayan Cataract Project's recent activities.

September 2013

Nepal's largest off-grid solar project successfully commissioned at Tilganga

HCP celebrated the successful commissioning of Tilganga's 38 KWh solar array, the largest non-grid installation in Nepal to date.[more]

September 2013

HCP/Moran international fellow visits HCP partners in Ethiopia

Dr. Ben Thomas

HCP/Moran International Fellow Dr. Ben Thomas was in Ethiopia for two months visiting HCP partner institutions.[more]

September 2013

New program in Ladakh, India, provides over 180 cataract surgeries

A microsurgical outreach clinic that provided over 180 successful cataract operations to patients came from five different regions in the Jammu/Kashimir region of mountainous India.[more]

September 2013

Hetauda Community Eye Hospital in Nepal expands further south

The Hetauda Community Eye Hospital in Nepal organized a high-volume outreach surgical eye camp in the Sarlahi district.[more]

September 2013

Tilganga, HCP’s flagship partner, wins Champalimaud – the world’s largest prize in the field of vision

Dr. Sanduk Ruit accepts award

Tilganga is recognized for adapting a system of high-quality, high-volume, low-cost cataract care to the most inaccessible regions of the Himalayas.

September 2013

High-volume cataract workshop at Ethiopia's Quiha Zonal Hospital

A high-volume cataract workshop at the Quiha Zonal Hospital in Ethiopia in late-August 2013.

September 2013

Cataract care in Uganda

Dr. Otiti with cornea patients

Dr. Matt Bujak and HCP partner Dr. Juliet Otiti provided 14 cornea transplants and 130 cataract surgeries.[more]

September 2013

HCP International Fellow in western Nepal

A patient at Geta Eye Hospital

Dr. Zvi Kresch spent the month of August at the Geta Eye Hospital in far western Nepal.[more]

August 2013

Dr. Geoff Tabin keynotes at inaugural congress of College of Ophthalmology of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa in Rwanda

Dr. Geoff Tabin

Both Drs. Geoff Tabin and David Chang spoke of challenge of cataract blindness in the developing world. Also, Dr. Tabin and Dr. John Nkurikiye completed 14 corneal transplant surgeries.[more]

August 2013

Ethiopian Professor of Ophthalmology receives phaco training at Tilganga

Dr. Yonas Tilahun

Dr. Yonas Tilahun of Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia completed a two-week phaco training, supported by HCP.[more]

August 2013

Nepal Eye Bank surpasses 2012 numbers in six months

Eye surgery in Nepal

The total number of transplants this year to-date has already exceeded the total for all of 2012.[more]

August 2013

Collaborative training at Gondar, Ethiopia

Volunteer ophthalmologist travels to Ethiopia as part of new collaborative effort between HCP and the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (ASCRS).[more]

August 2013

Diabetic Retinopathy Project Activity Program in Nepal

The team at Hetauda

The Hetauda Community Eye Hospital is enhancing its efforts in Diabetic Retinopathy. [more]

August 2013

554 cataract surgeries performed at Arbaminch Hospital in Ethiopia

Examining patients

In late-July in Ethiopia, 554 cataract surgeries were performed at HCP's partner institution, Arbaminch Hospital.[more]

August 2013

New eye center in Kumasi, Ghana, is bustling with activity

Cataract patients at eye center at KATH in Ghana

Two of the three floors at the new eye center at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital are bustling with activity, including a recent surgery event.[more]

August 2013

Second National Uveitis Conference in Nepal

Dr. Sanduk Ruit

Tilganga hosted the 2nd National Uveitis Conference on July 26 and 27, 2013, with uveitis specialists from around the world.[more]

July 2013

Quiha Zonal Hospital cataract surgeon recognized

Tekeste Nigus

Tekeste Nigus, a cataract surgeon at Quiha Zonal Hospital in Ethiopia, was recognized for his performance and commitment to delivering high-volume, high-quality cataract surgery.[more]

July 2013

Trainees at Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology

Dr. Amos Aikens

The Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Nepal is HCP’s flagship training partner and it receives dozens of trainees each year for specialized ophthalmic training. [more]

July 2013

National Eye Bank of Ethiopia celebrates 10th anniversary

Photo from Ethiopian Herald

HCP partners Dr. Tilahun Kiros from Quiha Zonal Hospital and Dr. Yared Assefa from Gondar University Teaching Hospital attended the celebration, as well as US volunteer Dr. Doug Holsclaw, who has been very involved in cornea care in Ethiopia.[more]

July 2013

Construction at Phaplu Community Eye Center in Nepal

June: Construction in Phaplu

The HCP is supporting the construction of the two-story, six-room community eye center at the Phaplu community in the Solukumbo region of Nepal.[more]

July 2013

“Second Suns” book about HCP co-founders is published by Random House

On June 18, Random House released a new book by David Oliver Relin that shines a light on the work of HCP ophthalmologists Dr. Geoffrey Tabin and Dr. Sanduk Ruit.

June 2013

Eye Center at KATH opens, and more KATH news

The new 27,000-square-foot Eye Center at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ghana, opened its doors June 3rd.[more]

June 2013

HCP International Fellow completes fellowship in Ghana

HCP International Fellow Dr. Zahra Ali

Dr. Zahra Ali completed a six-week fellowship at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana, to enhance the 3-year MD Ophthalmology Residency Program.[more]

June 2013

Thank you to Professor Hugh Taylor

Prof. Hugh Taylor

HCP extends its warmest thank you to Professor Hugh Taylor for his exemplary service on HCP’s Board of Directors.[more]

June 2013

Mega Cataract Workshop in Indonesia

1,824 cataract surgery patients in Indonesia

HCP Co-Founder Dr. Sanduk Ruit and his team from Tilganga went to Indonesia for a Mega Eye Camp in Malang, in eastern Java, and provided over 1,824 cataract surgeries in seven days.[more]

June 2013

Ethiopia: Research follow-up in Woldiya off to a great start

Follow-up visit to Woldiya

A team returned to lead the visual acuity assessments in collaboration with a RAND survey team — to examine and survey patients who received cataract surgery in May 2012.[more]

June 2013

Eye camp in Bhutan's Samtse District

Jabjay before eye surgery

The eye care team led by HCP Fellow Dr. Bhim Bahadur Rai screened more than 1,300 eye patients and conducted 101 surgeries. It wasn't uncommon to see blind patients being carried to the eye camp site.[more]

May 2013

The economic impact of cataract surgery in a Ghanaian village — three years later

Economic impact survey

Patients from Bonsaaso, Ghana, who had cataract surgery as part of an HCP Millennium Villages Project intervention were interviewed about any change in economic status.[more]

May 2013

Ethiopian ophthalmologist in the U.S. for clinical exchange

Julie Crandall, Dr. Yared Wolde and Dr. Matt Oliva

Dr. Yared Wolde of Gondar University in Ethiopia arrived for a clinical exchange with HCP affiliated ophthalmologists.[more]

May 2013

Informational Series: Inside an Outreach Clinic

In the operating room

To reach as many under-served blind patients as possible, HCP and its partners carry out events called outreach microsurgical eye clinics (OMEC). Learn more about them.[more]

May 2013

Ghanaian ophthalmologist finishes glaucoma observership in Nebraska

Dr. Angelina Ampong

Dr. Angelina Ampong from Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, HCP’s partner in Kumasi, Ghana, is finishing her three-month glaucoma observership.[more]

May 2013

Bhutanese pediatric ophthalmologist presents at AAPOS

Dr. Dechen Wangmo

Bhutan’s first pediatric ophthalmologist attended the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus meeting.[more]

May 2013

Ethiopian doctor receives phaco training in Nepal

Dr. Elias Hailu Gebreab

Dr. Elias Hailu Gebreab from St. Paul Hospital Millennium Medical College finished a phaco-emulsification training at Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology.[more]

May 2013

Four-day OMEC in India provides more than 1,000 cataract surgeries

Patients at the clinic in Mangarh

At this event, 3,638 people were screened and 1,014 cataract surgeries were completed over four days![more]

May 2013

HCP Co-Founder Dr. Sanduk Ruit travels to Myanmar

Yangon Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital in Myanmar

Dr. Ruit was invited to visit and coordinate subspecialty training opportunities for ophthalmologists and paramedical staff.[more]

May 2013

HCP’s Ethiopia Program features prominently in plans for ASCRS

Dr. David Chang

Additional training in Ethiopia, with ASCRS doctors going to Arbaminch and Gondar, and an additional outreach clinic are being planned.[more]

May 2013

Outreach in Nepal provides 335 cataract surgeries

Drs. Sanjita and Tabin examine patients

Tilganga’s Hetauda Community Eye Hospital (HCEH) in Nepal organized an outreach microsurgical eye clinic for patients from five nearby communities.[more]

May 2013

Informational Series: “Cataract Treatments”

Cataract surgery

Throughout the next several HCP e-newsletters, we will be featuring a brief informational series about eye care and cataracts.[more]

April 2013

HCP Affiliated Ophthalmologist Dr. Alan Crandall appointed a Presidential Endowed Professor

Dr. Crandall

Dr. Alan Crandall has received one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a faculty member in academic medicine.[more]

April 2013

New partnership with WGGA Specialized Vision Clinic in Ethiopia

Dr. Tabin in surgery

HCP and Tilganga will support training of eye care personnel, while WGGA will establish a center of excellence for training and provide personnel support for outreach events.[more]

April 2013

African ophthalmologists to attend ASCRS symposium & congress

Dr. Yared Assefa Wolde of Gondor University in Ethiopia will join Dr. Angelina Ampong of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Ghana, HCP staff and board members at the American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery symposium.[more]

April 2013

Running event raises awareness for eye care in Ethiopia

The start of the race

Accelerate Ethiopia was designed to raise awareness and funds for eye care and education in the Tigray region by bringing together runners from all over the world to embrace athleticism, eye care and education.[more]

April 2013

Second five-year agreement set with partner Quiha Zonal Hospital

Tesfay TekleMariyam, Dr. Tilahun Kiros, Atakeli Arbrha and Job Heintz

HCP has committed to provide equipment and training, as well as a bus for transporting patients, and accommodations during large surgical events.[more]

April 2013

Successful outreach & training at Hetauda Eye Hospital in Nepal

Patients at the workshop.

A team from the Hetauda Community Eye Hospital managed a screening event in Dhore, close to the Indian border. Over a thousand patients were examined; 468 patients received surgery. [more]

April 2013

HCP completes more than 1,300 surgeries in 11 days in Ethiopia

In early-2013, HCP conducted its largest cataract campaign to date, restoring sight to more than 1,300 patients at two partner eye centers in northern Ethiopia.

April 2013

HCP joins InterAction


HCP has recently joined InterAction, an alliance of US-based nonprofits who work in developing nations.[more]

March 2013

Informational Series: “What is a Cataract?”

A patient in Ghana with bilateral cataracts

Throughout the next several HCP e-newsletters, we will be featuring a brief informational series about eye care and cataracts. [more]

March 2013

Charity Navigator awards four stars to Himalayan Cataract Project

Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator has once again awarded HCP a 4-star rating — its highest rating.[more]

March 2013

Ethiopian ophthalmologist completes first phase of cornea training

Dr. Geoff Tabin and Dr. Jafer Ababora

Dr. Jafer Ababora of Jimma University recently returned to Ethiopia after completing a cornea observership in the US.[more]

March 2013

High-volume cataract event in Woldiya, Ethiopia

Post-operative cataract patients in Woldiya

Board Member Matt Oliva returned to Woldiya recently to work with Dr. Alemu Kerie and manage a high-volume cataract event. A total of 425 surgeries were provided in five days.[more]

March 2013

Ghanaian ophthalmologist begins glaucoma training in Utah

Dr. Angelina Ampong

Dr. Angelina Ampong has recently started her glaucoma observership at the Moran Eye Center in Utah.[more]

March 2013

Accelerate Ethiopia event recap

Majka Burhardt photo

Elite runners Yemane Tsegay and Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia and US ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek are part of Accelerate Ethiopia, a unique athletic-humanitarian event.

March 2013

Accelerate Ethiopia & life-changing surgeries are underway

Drs. Matt Oliva & Geoff Tabin

AE takes place in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia and participants have joined HCP for a high-volume cataract event at the Quiha Zonal Hospital in Mekelle, Ethiopia.[more]

February 2013

HCP Fellow learns SICS in southeastern Nepal

Dr. Zahra screens a patient

US Fellow Dr. Zahra Ali has been working at the Golchha Eye Hospital in Nepal's second largest city.[more]

February 2013

USAID American Schools and Hospitals Abroad visits Tilganga

USAID and HCP representatives

ASHA has been a primary funding partner of HCP and TIO since 2003. Deputy Director Gary Barrett and Engineer Mark Tipton toured the 130,000-square-foot facility, participated in a presentation, and observed live surgery.[more]

February 2013

High-volume cataract workshop in Nepal

Post-operative patients.

Hetauda Community Eye Hospital managed a cataract workshop, screening 1,400 patients at seven screening camps and then providing 440 cataract surgeries.[more]

February 2013

Adrienne Graves joins HCP Board of Directors

Adrienne Graves, PhD

Adrienne Graves, PhD, is a visual scientist by training and a global industry leader in ophthalmology.[more]

February 2013

Ethiopian & Ghanaian engineers arrive in Nepal for technical training

Engineers Mr. Nibret and Mr. Amendah

Hailemariam Kassie Nibret of Gondar University Hospital in Ethiopia and Joseph Amendah of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Ghana train in equipment maintenance.[more]

February 2013

Successful cataract surgery outreach in Ethiopia

Post-operative patients.

Over the course of five days, more than 360 cataract surgeries were performed, including 10 pediatric cases. [more]

February 2013

Indonesian pediatric ophthalmologist completes her training

Dr. Rozalina performs cataract surgery

Dr. Rozalina Loebis, a pediatric ophthalmologist from Indonesia, completed pediatric ophthalmology training at Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Nepal.[more]

January 2013

Pediatric ophthalmology training in Nepal & Bhutan

Dr. Bob Hoffman with Dr. Dechen in Bhutan

Affiliated Ophthalmologist Dr. Bob Hoffman returned to both Nepal and Bhutan to provide follow-up training in pediatric ophthalmology to current and former HCP trainees[more]

January 2013

Cataract care in Hetauda, Nepal

A patient is screened for cataracts

Drs. Angira Shrestha & Sanjita Sharma managed a cataract workshop at Hetauda Community Eye Hospital where 157 cataract operations were provided.[more]

January 2013

Partners from Moran Eye Center return to South Sudan

Patients at the Duk Lost Boys Clinic give thanks

A team from the Moran Eye Center in Utah, including Affiliated Ophthalmologist Dr. Alan Crandall, has returned from South Sudan where they provided over 280 surgeries. [more]

January 2013

First retina surgeries in Bhutan

Dr. Michael Morley screening a cataract patient

Volunteer ophthalmologist Dr. Michael Morley spent time in Thimpu, Bhutan, working with HCP Fellow Dr. Bhim Rai to further establish retina service in Bhutan.[more]

January 2013

High-volume cataract workshop in Ethiopia

A delighted patient.

Drs. Geoff Tabin & Huck Holz worked with partners from Gondar University Hospital in Ethiopia to manage a high-volume cataract workshop that included 629 surgeries.[more]

December 2012

Hetauda Community Eye Hospital in Nepal welcomes new Chief

Dr. Angira Shrestha

Hetauda Community Eye Hospital in Nepal recently announced that Dr. Angira Shrestha has become the hospital’s fourth Hospital Chief.[more]

December 2012

Give the gift of sight for the holidays!

The gift of sight in South Sudan

It’s a great way to introduce HCP to your loved ones and give the Gift of Sight.[more]

December 2012

Indonesian pediatric ophthalmologist arrives at Tilganga for training

Dr. Rozalina Loebis arrived in Nepal for a four-week, hands-on training course.[more]

December 2012

Ethiopian ophthalmologist begins cornea fellowship in the U.S.

Dr. Jafer Ababora began a three-month corneal fellowship in the U.S. after attending the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting in Chicago.[more]

December 2012

HCP at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting

Dr. Alemu

Board Members, Staff, Affiliated Ophthalmologists and trainees attended the annual American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual Meeting in Chicago.[more]

December 2012

Tilganga’s Refractive Surgery Unit exceeds 600 surgeries in 2012

Dr. Kishore Raj Pradhan examining and performing surgery in the RSU.

The RSU has exceeded expectations by successfully completing 607 surgeries since it opened in January in Kathmandu, Nepal.[more]

December 2012

High-volume workshop in India provides 1,000 surgeries

Patients giving thanks for their treatment.

Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology’s outreach team, led by Dr. Govinda Paudel, traveled to Mangarh, Uttar Pradesh (UP), for a second time this year.[more]

December 2012

Dr. Tabin is recipient of the prestigious Lifelong Vision Foundation Award

HCP's Dr. Geoff Tabin was honored at the St. Louis Eye Ball as a recipient of the Lifelong Vision Foundation award for his work internationally.[more]

November 2012

Ethiopian ophthalmologist trains at University of Nebraska

Dr. Michael Feilmeier with HCP Trainee Dr. Nahom Ayalew.

HCP is working with two partners to provide glaucoma training for Dr. Nahom Ayalew of Ethiopia.[more]

November 2012

HCP volunteer ophthalmologist in Ethiopia

Dr. Doug Holsclaw with Dr. Yewubnesh Hailu.

Volunteer Dr. Doug Holsclaw recently managed a cornea workshop in Arbaminch, Ethiopia, joined by HCP Fellows Dr. Yewubnesh Hailu & Dr. Fasika Woreta.[more]

November 2012

HCP receives USAID support for second renewable energy project

The budget of $960,000 includes a 20KW solar installation using US technology, a non-incinerator waste management system and additional ophthalmic equipment for operating theatres.[more]

November 2012

Hetauda Community Eye Hospital Outreach

Drs. Ruit and Tabin

1,200 patients were screened and 247 cataract surgeries were provided. Drs. Tabin and Crandall lectured residents from Manipal Teaching Hospital, as well.[more]

November 2012

High-volume cataract workshop in Phaplu, Nepal

Cataract workshop in Phaplu, Nepal

1,551 patients were screened and 92 cataract surgeries were provided to people from Solukhumbu, Okhaldhunga and Khotang. [more]

November 2012

HCP's Dr. Geoff Tabin celebrated for “healing the world”

Dr. Geoff Tabin, HCP's Co-Director, is among those to be celebrated this weekend for “tikkun olam,” which, in Hebrew, means “healing the world.”[more]

October 2012

Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology site visit by HCP staff

Luncheon image.

HCP supports training, research and outreach at Tilganga in addition to community eye centers and one community eye hospital in Nepal.[more]

October 2012

HCP at the IAPB meeting

Professor Hugh Taylor, HCP Board Member.

Dr. Geoff Tabin, Professor Hugh Taylor and Job Heintz attended the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) Council Members Board Meeting and Assembly.[more]

October 2012

Cataract workshop at Nepal's Hetauda Community Eye Hospital

Dr. Angira, Pam Clapp, Dr. Pratibha & Sudhir Shrestha, Administrative Officer.

HCP Co-Director Dr. Sanduk Ruit led an FHF-sponsored cataract workshop at Hetauda Community Eye Hospital.[more]

October 2012

Nepalese subspecialty training in Utah and London

Dr. Ben Limbu

Dr. Ben Limbu of the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Nepal recently completed training in Salt Lake City and London.[more]

October 2012

Cataract and cornea care provided in Bhutan

Patients in Bhutan.

Dr. Reeta Gurung and a team from Tilganga provided 90 cataract and four corneal transplant surgeries in Bhutan.[more]

October 2012

U.S. ophthalmologist receives training in Nepal

HCP trainee Dr. Zahra Ali

“I am amazed at the high quality clinical and surgical care that can be delivered in a rural area in a manner that is so accessible to patients.” —Dr. Zahra Ali of Texas [more]

October 2012

Trainers work in Nepal, Ethiopia & Kenya

Doctors have fanned out to Nepal, Ethiopia and Kenya to provide important training.[more]

September 2012

Refractive Surgery Unit in Nepal exceeds expectations

Handling 70 to 80 cases per month, Tilganga’s Refractive Surgery Unit in Kathmandu, Nepal, continues to exceed expectations.[more]

September 2012

Outreach Microsurgical Eye Clinic conducted in Nepal

A blind patient is led to the Dolakha Eye Camp.

743 patients were screened and 39 cataracts surgeries provided by a team from Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology.[more]

September 2012

High-volume cataract intervention in Ghana

An elated cataract patient in Ghana.

A team of six local ophthalmologists, Dr. Geoff Tabin, and volunteer Dr. Amanda Richards completed 213 surgeries in Kumasi, Ghana.[more]

September 2012

HCP supports sub-specialty training for Ethiopian doctor

Dr. Hailu Somega Yewubnesh from Arbaminch Hospital in Ethiopia successfully completed a one-year cornea and external disease fellowship with the Himalayan Cataract Project.[more]

August 2012

HCP now on Twitter and Facebook


The Himalayan Cataract Project has a new Facebook page and a Twitter feed. Be sure to follow us on social media![more]

August 2012

HCP is seeking runners for Ethiopia’s first ever trail half marathon

Funds raised will support HCP and imagine1day programs in Ethiopia.

July 2012

Nurse from KATH in Ghana travels to India for pediatric training

Yaa Serwaa Akwaboah

Ms. Yaa Serwaa Akwaboah is at Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology for a three-month training course in pediatric ophthalmology.[more]

July 2012

HCP's Dr. Geoff Tabin speaks about affordable, sustainable eye care

Dr. Tabin spoke at the Extreme Affordability Conference about things that are needed for sustainability in global eye care.[more]

July 2012

Tilganga residents train at Geisinger

TIO Residents Muktibahen Patel and Rajya Gurung at Geisinger Health Systems Eye Clinic.

Two residents from HCP’s flagship partner in Nepal spent one month at Geisinger Health Systems Eye Clinic.[more]

July 2012

HCP is seeking runners for Ethiopia’s first ever trail half marathon

Accelerate Ethiopia logo

HCP is seeking runners for Ethiopia’s first ever trail ½ marathon set to take place from February 22 – March 3, 2013.[more]

July 2012

Dr. Geoff Tabin makes presentation in Salt Lake City on July 19

HCP Co-Director Dr. Geoff Tabin will present “Impossible Dreams - The East Face of Mount Everest and Eradicating Blindness” at the Third Thursday Speaker Series at the Black Diamond Retail Store.[more]

July 2012

HCP Affiliated Ophthalmologist returns to KATH in Ghana

Dr. Bujak

Affiliated Ophthalmologist Dr. Matthew Bujak worked with former HCP Fellow and partner Dr. Seth Lartey at KATH in Kumasi, Ghana.[more]

July 2012

HCP represented at NGO forum and Ethiopia & Ghana site visits

A young patient after surgery at Quiha Zonal Hospital in Mekelle, Ethiopia.

Bill Shields attended an NGO forum in Ethiopia, visited HCP partner Quiha Zonal Hospital, and then visited the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Ghana.[more]

July 2012

Dolakha Eye Center renovations are complete

The Dolakha Community Eye 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.[more]

June 2012

Outreach in Meket, Ethiopia

Local partner Dr. Alemu Kerie of Woldiya General Hospital conducted an outreach event in Meket in June. Alemu and his team provided 173 surgeries.[more]

June 2012

Clinical collaboration and progress at KATH in Ghana

Teams from the University of Utah’s John A. Moran’s Eye Center returned to Kumasi for their annual visit to work with KATH ophthalmologists, residents and eye care staff. [more]

June 2012

New ophthalmologist in Hetauda, Nepal

Dr. Pratibha Lama Joshi

Dr. Pratibha Lama Joshi has been named the new Hospital Chief at Tilganga’s Hetauda Community Eye Hospital in Nepal. [more]

June 2012

Dr. Sanduk Ruit attends Congress at the Vatican

Dr. Sanduk Ruit at congress.

In May, Co-Director Dr. Sanduk Ruit attended a special congress at the Vatican focused on blindness in addition to delivering a lecture.[more]

June 2012

HCP Board Members deliver inaugural Global Sight Alliance Webinar

Drs. Geoff Tabin and Matt Oliva of HCP led a webinar titled, “Performing, Teaching, and Expanding Access to high volume, high quality cataract surgery in sub-Saharan Africa.” [more]

June 2012

High-volume cataract workshops in India

High-volume cataract workshops in India

In two days 2,150 patients were examined, 791 cataract surgeries were provided by three surgeons — Dr. Paudel from Tilganga and local Drs. Mahanthi and Anand.[more]

June 2012

HCP is hiring for two positions

HCP is looking to fill two positions: Development Manager and Operations/Raiser’s Edge Specialist.

June 2012

KATH Residency Director lectures at Ophthalmology Society of Ghana meeting

HCP Partner Dr. Seth Lartey delivered a presentation, “The Role of an NGO in a Teaching Hospital” at the Ophthalmology Society of Ghana meeting.[more]

June 2012

Major cataract intervention — Over 1100 surgeries in 6 days

High-volume cataract event in Woldiya, Ethiopia.

Photos, video and recap of the high-volume cataract event in Woldiya, Ethiopia, which provided over 1,100 sight-restoring surgeries in May 2012.[more]

June 2012

Eye camp in Nepal brings life-changing help to rural residents

Through an outreach event, a 51-year-old villager and others had their sight restored by a team from Tilganga.[more]

June 2012

Cornea training and eye banking in Ethiopia

Drs. Matt Oliva and Geoff Tabin of HCP worked with local corneal surgeons in Addis Ababa and Gondar, collectively providing 24 corneal transplant surgeries.[more]

June 2012

HCP represented at ASCRS

Geoff Tabin introduces Dr. Olson before the lecture.

Dr. Olson delivered the Binkhorst Lecture at the 2012 American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Symposium and Dr. Chang was welcomed as the next president of ASCRS.[more]

May 2012

Dr. Ruit Receives Arthur Lim Award at APAO in South Korea

Dr. Ruit in surgery.

The award recognizes ophthalmologists who have exhibited exemplary leadership in ophthalmology, leading to substantial improvements in ophthalmic teaching and training in their region and beyond.[more]

May 2012

New Eye Center in Ghana opening in mid-May

HCP has been working since 2007 to establish the new surgical eye center at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital — a center of excellence for West Africa in collaboration with USAID/ASHA.[more]

May 2012

High-volume program in Woldiya, Ethiopia

Eye patients Ethiopia

An HCP team, including Drs. Matt Oliva, Sanduk Ruit and Geoff Tabin, is in northern Ethiopia at a high-volume cataract surgical program in Woldiya where they are providing over 1,000 sight-restoring surgeries.[more]

May 2012

Ace Kvale: Photographing the Himalayan Cataract Project

Regaining vision in South Sudan.

Photographer Ace Kvale discusses the six times he has traveled with HCP eye doctors to remote eye camps in places such as Sikkim, Nepal, Ethiopia, Rwanda and South Sudan. [more]

May 2012

The Refractive Surgery Unit in Nepal is officially open

Refractive Surgery Unit inauguration event.

On April 7th, the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology officially inaugurated its new Refractive Surgery Unit offering affordable new laser technology to treat patients with refractive error. [more]

April 2012

Sub-specialty training and equipment in Bhutan

Dr. Daniel J. Karr of the Casey Eye Institute and Oregon Health and Science University traveled to Bhutan to work with the country’s first pediatric ophthalmologist, Dr. Dechen Wangmo.[more]

April 2012

May 13: Opening of new eye center at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Ghana

Construction as seen in March.

The new surgical eye center at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) will be inaugurated on May 13. HCP has been working since 2007 to establish this center of excellence for West Africa in collaboration with USAID/ASHA.[more]

April 2012

High-volume cataract intervention in Ethiopia for research on economic impacts

HCP has undertaken an initiative with the RAND Corporation to assess the costs of blindness and the economic impact of cataract surgery. As part of this project, 1,000 patients will undergo cataract surgery.[more]

April 2012

Tilganga Refractive Surgery Unit successfully implements telemedicine program

Dr. Glenn Carp of the London Vision Clinic visited Tilganga in Kathmandu with colleagues to train a second Tilganga technician and to help implement improved efficiency in managing the patient flow and clinic systems at the new Refractive Surgery Unit.[more]

April 2012

Dr. Sanduk Ruit delivers keynote address at “Night for Sight”

Dr. Tabin introduces Dr. Ruit at Night for Sight.

On March 24, HCP Co-Director Dr. Sanduk Ruit delivered the keynote address at the 4th Annual “Night for Sight” fundraiser to an enthusiastic crowd of over 400 at Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah.[more]

April 2012

HCP hosts administrators from Ghana and Nepal for workshop and management exchange

Fred Mensah from Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ghana, and Rabindra Shrestha of Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Kathmandu, Nepal, participated in a USAID/ASHA workshop in Washington D.C.[more]

April 2012

TIO Refractive Surgery Unit opening scheduled for April 7 in Nepal

The official launch of the new Refractive Surgery Unit at Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Kathmandu is scheduled for April 7. The Unit has been renovated with support from USAID/ASHA, HCP and LVCF.[more]

March 2012

Residency and outreach in Ghana

Dr. Mike Feilmeier, HCP’s first International Fellow, returned to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) to continue his collaboration with KATH’s ophthalmology residency training program.[more]

March 2012

Two high-volume cataract workshops in Ethiopia

HCP Affiliated Ophthalmologist Dr. Paul Imperia returned to Quiha Zonal Hospital in Mekelle (for the third time) to continue his work with HCP partner Dr. Tilahun Kiros. [more]

March 2012

HCP recognized by Millennium Cities Initiative for work in Sub-Saharan Africa

HCP has completed eight of 12 village interventions. Through the interventions, we have linked with the local eye care personnel to provide additional training opportunities and equipment support.[more]

March 2012

Ethiopian government commits to eyebanking

HCP joined with SightLife and ORBIS International to form a partnership to enable the Eye Bank of Ethiopia to be scalable and sustainable, to train and equip local corneal surgeons, and to provide Ethiopians with access to successful transplants. In January, the Ethiopian government agreed to provide the financial support for the Eye Bank of Ethiopia.[more]

March 2012

Eye care in Rwanda

Dr. Tabin examines a young patient in Rwanda.

HCP has been working toward establishing the Rwanda International Institute of Ophthalmology with local partner Dr. John Nkurikiye, a former HCP Fellow. [more]

February 2012

Faculty exchanges in Ethiopia

Women at Quiha Zonal Hospital await further care.

Recent activity at Quiha Zonal Hospital, Gondar University and Arbaminch Hospital in Ethiopia.[more]

February 2012

Refractive Surgery Unit opens in Nepal

Dr. Dan Reinstein, standing, and Dr. Kishore Pradhan.

HCP Advisory Board member Dr. Dan Reinstein of London Vision Clinic Foundation (LVCF) traveled to the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology to participate in the soft launch of the new Refractive Surgery Unit.[more]

January 2012

HCP featured on, where “a little helps a lot!”

HCP was featured on the on January 31. The site shines a spotlight on important nonprofits and their work, and encourages small donations.[more]

January 2012

HCP visits partner in Ghana

Job Heintz meets with the consultant and contractors.

HCP staff met with partners at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital to discuss collaborative efforts dedicated to eliminating curable blindness in northern Ghana.[more]

January 2012

HCP donor raises $10,000 to support remote eye camps

HCP donor Drew Hosea created a fundraising page to raise money in his sister’s memory for what would have been her 40th birthday.[more]

January 2012

HCP in South Sudan

Dr. Geoff Tabin examines patients in Duk, South Sudan.

Together with colleagues from the John A. Moran Center and the John Dau Foundation, Dr. Geoff Tabin is leading a team to South Sudan in mid-December to manage an eye care workshop at the Duk Lost Boys Health Clinic.[more]

December 2011

Refractive Surgery Unit renovations in Nepal near completion

Renovations to a section of the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Kathmandu for a new state-of-the-art Refractive Surgery Unit are almost complete. HCP has been working tirelessly with Tilganga and London Vision Clinic (LVC) on equipment and supplies.[more]

December 2011

Progress and follow-up training in Bhutan

Dr. Bhim Rai with a patient

Co-Director Dr. Geoff Tabin was in Bhutan in November to provide follow-up training to former HCP Fellows and to visit the Primary Eye Care Programme that HCP supports in collaboration with the Royal Government of Bhutan. [more]

December 2011

Give the Gift of Sight for the holidays!

Have you considered making a donation to HCP on someone’s behalf for the holidays? It’s a great way to introduce HCP to your loved ones and give the Gift of Sight.[more]

December 2011

Geoff Tabin speaks at The Economists' “The World in 2012 Gala Dinner” in Hong Kong

The World in 2012

Geoff Tabin speaks at The Economists' “The World in 2012 Gala Dinner” in Hong Kong on December 8.[more]

December 2011

HCP Procurement – A new program

Bill Shields

In November, the Himalayan Cataract Project added a new program to improve the sourcing of ophthalmic equipment for program sites, as eye care activities are increasing throughout the Himalayas and Sub-Saharan Africa.[more]

December 2011

AAO and HCP annual meetings held in October

Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) Board of Directors, Medical Advisory Board, International Fellows, staff and other partners dedicated to alleviating blindness convened at the 2011 American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, in October.[more]

October 2011

World Sight Day celebrated in Nepal with opening of new eye center

The Hetauda Community Eye Hospital and the Nepal Red Cross Society Chattiwan Sub Committee formally established a new community eye center in Makawanpur, Nepal. The Chattiwan Community Eye Center was established to serve the most underprivileged community members who would not otherwise have access to care. [more]

October 2011

HCP partners with SightLife and ORBIS to support eye banking in Ethiopia

The Himalayan Cataract Project, SightLife and ORBIS signed a memorandum of understanding outlining a five-year project to strengthen eye banking in Ethiopia. The three organizations have partnered with the shared vision of eliminating treatable corneal blindness in Ethiopia.[more]

October 2011

Geoff Tabin delivers keynote at inaugural event for UNMC’s International Division

Dr. Geoff Tabin was the keynote speaker at the University of Nebraska’s “Night for Sight” to launch its International Division of Ophthalmology. The event raised $50,000 for blindness alleviation efforts.[more]

October 2011

HCP attends IAPB meetings in Dubai

CEO Job Heintz and Board Member Prof. Hugh Taylor represented the HCP at the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness Council of Members meeting in Dubai.[more]

October 2011

HCP moves forward on solar and medical waste solutions for Tilganga

Solar panels on the UN World Food Programme in Kathmandu.

Representatives from HCP and Tilganga met with Raj Thapa, Managing Director of Solar Solutions in Kathmandu, Nepal, to discuss placing a 70KW array of solar panels at Tilganga. The panels would help offset Tilganga’s reliance on generators used during frequent power outages.[more]

October 2011

HCP and Tilganga host USAID inspectors

Ageev Thapa explains the details of Phacoemulsification surgery.

HCP and Tilganga staff hosted two USAID inspectors at the TIO facility. USAID/American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) provided $3.2 million of the $7 million expansion budget. [more]

October 2011

Dr. Geoff Tabin speaks at Clinton Global Initiative event

Geoff Tabin, David Stileman and Richard Meddings.

Dr. Geoff Tabin was the keynote speaker at a dinner event held in conjunction with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in New York. Geoff’s talk, "Widening Our Lens: Seeing Global Health as an Economic Investment," underscored the economic implications of blindness.[more]

October 2011

Preliminary update UN Millennium Villages Project work in Tanzania

UN Millennium Villages project

Co-Director Dr. Geoff Tabin has returned from Tanzania where he worked with the UN Millennium Villages Project to provide eye care in the Tabora Region of Tanzania.[more]

September 2011

Grant and equipment go to KATH in Ghana

HCP secured a $30,000 grant to increase the scope of the Komfo Anoyke Teaching Hospital’s residency training. Also, ophthalmic equipment was donated by the Church of Latter Day Saint’s (LDS) Humanitarian Division.[more]

August 2011

HCP provides critical equipment for Jomgon Kongtrol Eye Center in India

Construction in Kalimpong.

HCP recently provided over $64,000 worth of Vitreo-retinal equipment to the Jomgon Kongtrol Eye Centre in Kalimpong, India — the only eye hospital in the district.[more]

August 2011

Nine runners at the San Francisco Marathon raised more than $11,000 to support HCP’s efforts

Nine runners at the San Francisco Marathon on July 31 raised more than $11,000 to support HCP’s efforts in alleviating unnecessary blindness.[more]

August 2011

HCP's Dr. Geoff Tabin to speak in Aspen on August 27

HCP Co-Founder Dr. Geoff Tabin will be a featured speaker on August 27, 2011, at MountainSummit: Mountainfilm In Aspen, Colorado.[more]

August 2011

Construction begins and lasers arrive for Refractive Surgery Unit in Nepal

Hole in brick to accommodate the new lasers.

Renovations began at the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Kathmandu to accommodate a Refractive Surgery Unit that will expand Tilganga’s services. Two lasers were donated by the London Vision Clinic Foundation.[more]

August 2011

Inauguration of new facility at Quiha Zonal Hospital in Ethiopia

Inauguration at the new facility.

On July 7, the recently expanded Quiha Zonal Hospital in Mekelle, Ethiopia, was inaugurated. Equipment and technical training was provided by HCP. [more]

August 2011

Pediatric training at Tilganga in Nepal

Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology hosted a multi-specialty hospital-based training program supported by ORBIS International, which specializes in pediatric training and started working in Nepal in collaboration with HCP and Tilganga two years ago.[more]

July 2011

Essential equipment and training for Quiha Hospital in Ethiopia

Quiha staff unpack the pallets.

Eight pallets of ophthalmic equipment donated by the HCP (estimated value $182K) is a critical component of Quiha’s expansion into a new building.[more]

July 2011

HCP preparing for 8th Millennium Villages Intervention in Tanzania

In western Tanzania, HCP plans to screen 30,000 patients; provide approximately 500 cataract surgeries; provide training to the local ophthalmic team; and research the economic impact.[more]

July 2011

Ethiopian doctor attends SICS training in Nepal

Dr. Fisseha Admassu treats patients at Tilganga.

In addition to supporting Dr. Admassu’s training, HCP and Tilganga donated 200 intraocular lenses and one cataract surgical set for his hospital in Gondar.[more]

June 2011

HCP visiting faculty in Ghana

Craig Chaya and clinical staff from KATH and Moran Eye Center.

Dr. Craig Chaya spent a month at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana, providing ongoing training and support to former HCP Fellows. [more]

June 2011