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April 30, 2012

Sub-specialty training and equipment in Bhutan

Drs. Dechen Wangmo, Tenzing, Kunzang Getshen (Medical Director / Chairman) and Daniel Karr.

Drs. Dechen Wangmo and Karr in clinic. Photos courtesy of Dr. Karr.

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. Together, they spent two days operating focused on complicated strabismus procedures and three days seeing patients in clinic.

Since 2000, HCP has supported sub-specialty training for eight Bhutanese ophthalmologists and dozens of paramedical staff in addition to providing over 7,000 sight-restoring eye surgeries and distributing over 10,000 pairs of reading glasses as part of an ongoing partnership with the Royal Government of Bhutan. HCP just provided Dr. Bhim Rai, Bhutan’s first vitreo-retina specialist who finished a 15-month fellowship in December, with specialized equipment for the new vitreo-retina practice at the National Hospital in Thimpu.