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September 4, 2012

High-volume cataract intervention in Ghana

An elated cataract patient in Ghana.

An elated patient in Ghana after life-changing cataract surgery.

Cataract operation.

Dr. Amanda Richards being assisted by Dr. Geoff Tabin during a cataract operation.

Grateful patients.

Grateful patients.

A team of six local ophthalmologists, Dr. Geoff Tabin, and volunteer Dr. Amanda Richards completed 213 surgeries in Kumasi, Ghana, during a four-day high-volume cataract event earlier this month at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH). This is the largest intervention performed at KATH since HCP started working with the clinical staff in 2006.

Patients from 18 communities were screened by local optometrists and bused to KATH for surgery, including two infants with bilateral cataracts and five children. Dr. Tabin and KATH’s Dr. Seth Lartey also successfully performed nine cornea transplants bringing the total transplants for the year to over 40. While in Ghana, Dr. Tabin visited with Dr. Boateng Wiafe, MD, Operation Eyesight Universal’s Regional Director for Africa, and other stakeholders interested in building Ghana’s ophthalmic capacity.

HCP has been working in collaboration with USAID/ASHA and KATH to complete a new surgical eye care center to increase volume and provide high quality care. The new center is almost complete and the inauguration is tentatively planned for April 2013, after the new center is fully functional. Stay tuned for more information.