HCP News & Events
The construction of a new stand-alone eye clinic in Phaplu, Nepal, is nearing completion.
Eye care activities at the Jomgon Kongtrol Eye Centre in Kalimpong, India, and restoring sight and hope to residents of in Jiri, Nepal.
News of the Himalayan Cataract Project's recent activities.
HCP's Dr. Geoff Tabin & Dr. Matt Oliva will speak on December 2 at Town Hall Seattle.
HCP Co-Founder Dr. Sanduk Ruit & a team from Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology completed high-volume workshops in Myanmar providing 1,242 surgeries.
HCP supports several sub-specialty fellowships for eye care personnel from our partner institutions throughout the Himalayas and Sub-Saharan Africa each year.
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.
News of the Himalayan Cataract Project's recent activities.
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.
HCP partner Dr. Tilahun Kiros of Quiha Zonal Hospital in Ethiopia was awarded the Dr. Wondus Award by the Ethiopian Ophthalmology Society.
News of the Himalayan Cataract Project's recent activities.
HCP celebrated the successful commissioning of Tilganga's 38 KWh solar array, the largest non-grid installation in Nepal to date.
HCP/Moran International Fellow Dr. Ben Thomas was in Ethiopia for two months visiting HCP partner institutions.
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.
The Hetauda Community Eye Hospital in Nepal organized a high-volume outreach surgical eye camp in the Sarlahi district.
Tilganga, HCP’s flagship partner, wins Champalimaud – the world’s largest prize in the field of vision
Tilganga is recognized for adapting a system of high-quality, high-volume, low-cost cataract care to the most inaccessible regions of the Himalayas.
A high-volume cataract workshop at the Quiha Zonal Hospital in Ethiopia in late-August 2013.
Dr. Matt Bujak and HCP partner Dr. Juliet Otiti provided 14 cornea transplants and 130 cataract surgeries.
Dr. Zvi Kresch spent the month of August at the Geta Eye Hospital in far western Nepal.
Dr. Geoff Tabin keynotes at inaugural congress of College of Ophthalmology of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa in Rwanda
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.
Dr. Yonas Tilahun of Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia completed a two-week phaco training, supported by HCP.
The total number of transplants this year to-date has already exceeded the total for all of 2012.
Volunteer ophthalmologist travels to Ethiopia as part of new collaborative effort between HCP and the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (ASCRS).
The Hetauda Community Eye Hospital is enhancing its efforts in Diabetic Retinopathy.
In late-July in Ethiopia, 554 cataract surgeries were performed at HCP's partner institution, Arbaminch Hospital.
Two of the three floors at the new eye center at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital are bustling with activity, including a recent surgery event.
Tilganga hosted the 2nd National Uveitis Conference on July 26 and 27, 2013, with uveitis specialists from around the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The new 27,000-square-foot Eye Center at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ghana, opened its doors June 3rd.
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.
HCP extends its warmest thank you to Professor Hugh Taylor for his exemplary service on HCP’s Board of Directors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Yared Wolde of Gondar University in Ethiopia arrived for a clinical exchange with HCP affiliated ophthalmologists.
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.
Dr. Angelina Ampong from Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, HCP’s partner in Kumasi, Ghana, is finishing her three-month glaucoma observership.
Bhutan’s first pediatric ophthalmologist attended the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus meeting.
Dr. Elias Hailu Gebreab from St. Paul Hospital Millennium Medical College finished a phaco-emulsification training at Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology.
At this event, 3,638 people were screened and 1,014 cataract surgeries were completed over four days!
Dr. Ruit was invited to visit and coordinate subspecialty training opportunities for ophthalmologists and paramedical staff.
Additional training in Ethiopia, with ASCRS doctors going to Arbaminch and Gondar, and an additional outreach clinic are being planned.
Tilganga’s Hetauda Community Eye Hospital (HCEH) in Nepal organized an outreach microsurgical eye clinic for patients from five nearby communities.
Throughout the next several HCP e-newsletters, we will be featuring a brief informational series about eye care and cataracts.
Dr. Alan Crandall has received one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a faculty member in academic medicine.
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.
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.
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.
HCP has committed to provide equipment and training, as well as a bus for transporting patients, and accommodations during large surgical events.
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.
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.
HCP has recently joined InterAction, an alliance of US-based nonprofits who work in developing nations.
Throughout the next several HCP e-newsletters, we will be featuring a brief informational series about eye care and cataracts.
Charity Navigator has once again awarded HCP a 4-star rating — its highest rating.
Dr. Jafer Ababora of Jimma University recently returned to Ethiopia after completing a cornea observership in the US.
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.
Dr. Angelina Ampong has recently started her glaucoma observership at the Moran Eye Center in Utah.
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.
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.
US Fellow Dr. Zahra Ali has been working at the Golchha Eye Hospital in Nepal's second largest city.
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.
Hetauda Community Eye Hospital managed a cataract workshop, screening 1,400 patients at seven screening camps and then providing 440 cataract surgeries.
Adrienne Graves, PhD, is a visual scientist by training and a global industry leader in ophthalmology.
Hailemariam Kassie Nibret of Gondar University Hospital in Ethiopia and Joseph Amendah of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Ghana train in equipment maintenance.
Over the course of five days, more than 360 cataract surgeries were performed, including 10 pediatric cases.
Dr. Rozalina Loebis, a pediatric ophthalmologist from Indonesia, completed pediatric ophthalmology training at Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Nepal.
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
Drs. Angira Shrestha & Sanjita Sharma managed a cataract workshop at Hetauda Community Eye Hospital where 157 cataract operations were provided.
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.
Volunteer ophthalmologist Dr. Michael Morley spent time in Thimpu, Bhutan, working with HCP Fellow Dr. Bhim Rai to further establish retina service in Bhutan.
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.
Hetauda Community Eye Hospital in Nepal recently announced that Dr. Angira Shrestha has become the hospital’s fourth Hospital Chief.
It’s a great way to introduce HCP to your loved ones and give the Gift of Sight.
Dr. Rozalina Loebis arrived in Nepal for a four-week, hands-on training course.
Dr. Jafer Ababora began a three-month corneal fellowship in the U.S. after attending the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting in Chicago.
Board Members, Staff, Affiliated Ophthalmologists and trainees attended the annual American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual Meeting in Chicago.
The RSU has exceeded expectations by successfully completing 607 surgeries since it opened in January in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology’s outreach team, led by Dr. Govinda Paudel, traveled to Mangarh, Uttar Pradesh (UP), for a second time this year.
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.
HCP is working with two partners to provide glaucoma training for Dr. Nahom Ayalew of Ethiopia.
Volunteer Dr. Doug Holsclaw recently managed a cornea workshop in Arbaminch, Ethiopia, joined by HCP Fellows Dr. Yewubnesh Hailu & Dr. Fasika Woreta.
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.
1,200 patients were screened and 247 cataract surgeries were provided. Drs. Tabin and Crandall lectured residents from Manipal Teaching Hospital, as well.
1,551 patients were screened and 92 cataract surgeries were provided to people from Solukhumbu, Okhaldhunga and Khotang.
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.”
HCP supports training, research and outreach at Tilganga in addition to community eye centers and one community eye hospital in Nepal.
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.
HCP Co-Director Dr. Sanduk Ruit led an FHF-sponsored cataract workshop at Hetauda Community Eye Hospital.
Dr. Ben Limbu of the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Nepal recently completed training in Salt Lake City and London.
Dr. Reeta Gurung and a team from Tilganga provided 90 cataract and four corneal transplant surgeries in Bhutan.
“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
Doctors have fanned out to Nepal, Ethiopia and Kenya to provide important training.
Handling 70 to 80 cases per month, Tilganga’s Refractive Surgery Unit in Kathmandu, Nepal, continues to exceed expectations.
743 patients were screened and 39 cataracts surgeries provided by a team from Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology.
A team of six local ophthalmologists, Dr. Geoff Tabin, and volunteer Dr. Amanda Richards completed 213 surgeries in Kumasi, Ghana.
Dr. Hailu Somega Yewubnesh from Arbaminch Hospital in Ethiopia successfully completed a one-year cornea and external disease fellowship with the Himalayan Cataract Project.
The Himalayan Cataract Project has a new Facebook page and a Twitter feed. Be sure to follow us on social media!
Funds raised will support HCP and imagine1day programs in Ethiopia.
Ms. Yaa Serwaa Akwaboah is at Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology for a three-month training course in pediatric ophthalmology.
Dr. Tabin spoke at the Extreme Affordability Conference about things that are needed for sustainability in global eye care.
Two residents from HCP’s flagship partner in Nepal spent one month at Geisinger Health Systems Eye Clinic.
HCP is seeking runners for Ethiopia’s first ever trail ½ marathon set to take place from February 22 – March 3, 2013.
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.
Affiliated Ophthalmologist Dr. Matthew Bujak worked with former HCP Fellow and partner Dr. Seth Lartey at KATH in Kumasi, Ghana.
Bill Shields attended an NGO forum in Ethiopia, visited HCP partner Quiha Zonal Hospital, and then visited the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Ghana.
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.
Local partner Dr. Alemu Kerie of Woldiya General Hospital conducted an outreach event in Meket in June. Alemu and his team provided 173 surgeries.
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.
Dr. Pratibha Lama Joshi has been named the new Hospital Chief at Tilganga’s Hetauda Community Eye Hospital in Nepal.
In May, Co-Director Dr. Sanduk Ruit attended a special congress at the Vatican focused on blindness in addition to delivering a lecture.
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.”
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.
HCP is looking to fill two positions: Development Manager and Operations/Raiser’s Edge Specialist.
HCP Partner Dr. Seth Lartey delivered a presentation, “The Role of an NGO in a Teaching Hospital” at the Ophthalmology Society of Ghana meeting.
Photos, video and recap of the high-volume cataract event in Woldiya, Ethiopia, which provided over 1,100 sight-restoring surgeries in May 2012.
Through an outreach event, a 51-year-old villager and others had their sight restored by a team from Tilganga.
Drs. Matt Oliva and Geoff Tabin of HCP worked with local corneal surgeons in Addis Ababa and Gondar, collectively providing 24 corneal transplant surgeries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HCP has been working toward establishing the Rwanda International Institute of Ophthalmology with local partner Dr. John Nkurikiye, a former HCP Fellow.
Recent activity at Quiha Zonal Hospital, Gondar University and Arbaminch Hospital in Ethiopia.
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.
HCP was featured on the Philanthroper.com on January 31. The site shines a spotlight on important nonprofits and their work, and encourages small donations.
HCP staff met with partners at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital to discuss collaborative efforts dedicated to eliminating curable blindness in northern Ghana.
HCP donor Drew Hosea created a fundraising page to raise money in his sister’s memory for what would have been her 40th birthday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Geoff Tabin speaks at The Economists' “The World in 2012 Gala Dinner” in Hong Kong on December 8.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nine runners at the San Francisco Marathon on July 31 raised more than $11,000 to support HCP’s efforts in alleviating unnecessary blindness.
HCP Co-Founder Dr. Geoff Tabin will be a featured speaker on August 27, 2011, at MountainSummit: Mountainfilm In Aspen, Colorado.
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.
On July 7, the recently expanded Quiha Zonal Hospital in Mekelle, Ethiopia, was inaugurated. Equipment and technical training was provided by HCP.
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.
Eight pallets of ophthalmic equipment donated by the HCP (estimated value $182K) is a critical component of Quiha’s expansion into a new building.
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.
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.
Dr. Craig Chaya spent a month at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana, providing ongoing training and support to former HCP Fellows.
In April and May 2011, HCP took part in high-volume cataract workshops and Oculoplastics workshop in Ethiopia, bringing much needed training and eye care.
In a letter to HCP, Charity Navigator CEO Ken Berger reported that “only 4% of the charities we rate have received at least 6 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Himalayan Cataract Project consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, and outperforms most other charities in America.”
Mr. Atta Amankwaa (Joseph) from Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), HCP’s partner in Ghana, enrolled in a 42-day management training course for hospital administrators at the Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology in India.
The Himalayan Cataract Project received a generous contribution of 2,687 intraocular lenses (IOLs) from Santen Ltd. (Japan) and Advanced Vision Science (AVS), a California subsidiary of Santen Pharmaceutical Co., to be used in HCP outreach programs in Sub-Saharan Africa.
HCP Co-Directors Drs. Geoff Tabin and Sanduk Ruit and a team from the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology managed an outreach event at the Dolakha Lions Community Eye Center in Janakpur. During the event, the team screened 1,751 patients and provided 174 surgeries.
Himalayan Cataract Project partnered with the Boeing Humanitarian Delivery Flights program to ship 3,600 pounds of medical equipment to HCP’s partner the Quiha Zonal Hospital in Ethiopia.
Himalayan Cataract Project Co-Director Dr. Geoff Tabin has been named as a speaker at the 2011 Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado, in May.
As part of the APAO, Board Member Dr. Matt Oliva facilitated a panel entitled “In the Era of Phaco – Why SICS?” The panel included HCP Co-Director Dr. Sanduk Ruit, HCP partner Dr. Dennis Lam of Project Vision, and Dr. Abhay Vasavada from the Iladevi Cataract & IOL Research Centre.
Charity Navigator evaluates the financial health of more than 5,500 of America’s charities. It has rated HCP to its list of “10 Consistently Excellent Charities.”
The Hetauda Community Eye Hospital organized two screening programs in the rural villages of the Makawanpur district in southern Nepal. In both instances, it was the first eye care screening to ever take place in the village.
Dr. Govinda Paudel and a team from Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology managed a cataract workshop in Uttar Pradesh — one of the most remote locations in India — in conjunction with the Jagadguru Kripalu Charity Hospital. A total of 702 cataract surgeries were provided.
The Himalayan Cataract Project was first contacted in mid-2009 by a US military colonel who was interested in HCP’s training model.
HCP Board Member Dr. Richard Litwin visited the HCP-supported Vivekananda Eye Hospital in West Bengal, India, and he reported on eye banking.
Approximately 300 manual small incision cataract surgeries were provided. A major focus of the visit was phacoemulsifiation training.
The Himalayan Cataract Project is proud to partner with The San Francisco Marathon as a Charity Partner. Join the HCP Team and donate to this HCP fundraiser!
Dr. Matt Bujak arrived in Ghana in January for a six-week visit at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) to work in the eye clinic with KATH ophthalmologists and residents.
The John A. Moran Eye Center, in partnership with the HCP, will present “Night for African Sight” on February 26, hosted by Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. The dinner and auction will feature three highly accomplished mountaineers.
Dr. Geoff Tabin traveled to Tanzania in January to collaborate with Cornell-Weill's international program, work with local doctors to improve cornea transplant surgery, and meet with the Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology.
In late December an eye care team from the HCP-supported Lhasa Institute of Eye Care worked with the Datse County Lhasa Municipality People’s Hospital screening 170 patients and performing 50 cataract surgeries in two days.
HCP volunteer Dr. Lance Bergstrom recently taught Phacoemulsification and other anterior segment surgeries at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi.
Himalayan Cataract Project Co-Director Dr. Geoff Tabin traveled to Zaria, Nigeria, in December to collaborate with doctors at the Ahmadu Bello University.
The Millennium Villages Project recently included HCP in a recap of health achievements in in Mwandama, Malawi.
Have you considered making a donation to the Himalayan Cataract Project on someone’s behalf for the holidays? It’s a great way to give the Gift of Sight. At your request, we will be happy to send you or the recipient a gift card.
Construction of the surgical eye facility at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ghana, is progressing and estimated to be complete in August of 2011.
The Himalayan Cataract Project, SightLife and Tilganga signed a memorandum of understanding outlining a five-year project to strengthen eye banking in Nepal.
Dr. Geoff Tabin was in Bhutan to sign HCP’s third five-year agreement with the Royal Government of Bhutan to support the Primary Eye Care Programme aimed to prevent, control and cure major causes of avoidable blindness and to make essential eye care services available to all.
HCP received notice from USAID/ASHA confirming a $700,000 grant to support the ongoing development of the Tilganga Institute of Ophthamology (TIO) in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Two ophthalmologists from Ghana and one from Bhutan arrived at the John A. Moran Eye Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, for sub-specialty training in cornea, retina and oculoplastics.
Dr. Kavita Dhakhwa from the Lumbini Eye Institute in Nepal arrived at the John A. Moran Eye Center for the start of her observational Cornea Fellowship. She is the eighth corneal specialist in Nepal.