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June 1, 2012

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

Joyful patients at the Dolakha Mini Outreach Microsurgical Eye Clinic. Click to enlarge.

Before and after pictures of Bishnu.

Bishnu Maya Thami, a 51-year-old female from a rural village in Nepal, was blind for two years before arriving at the Dolakha Eye Center in May. Before her sight was restored, Bishnu Maya was completely dependent on her daughter-in-law and neighbors. Through an outreach event, Bishu had her sight restored by a team from Tilganga.

Since November 2010, when HCP committed essential funds allowing Tilganga Eye Centre to take over the eye center’s management, more than 10,500 patients have benefited from its services. Tilganga’s clinical staff travels to Dolakha four times a year to perform outreach surgical events restoring sight to patients like Bishnu who wouldn’t be able to make the trip to Kathmandu and who would otherwise have no access to eye care.