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The earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, 2015, left thousands of people homeless, helpless and broken. HCP has vowed to be part of their healing process. Thanks to your generosity, the help of our international partners and the hard-working team on the ground at the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Nepal, we are doing just that.
Improving Myanmar’s Eye Care System; Campaign in Mangahr, India, an Incredible Success; CNN iReport Features Cataract Campaign; Biomedical Maintenance Training in Ethiopia; Hands-On Cornea Training in Nepal; Four Outreach Campaigns in Bhutan Screen More Than 1,700; Book Donation to TIO; Fellow Featured on Nepali Radio; and more
High-volume cataract campaigns in Ethiopia; Cataract & cornea workshop in Myanmar; HCP International Fellow in Ghana; Tilganga CEO on BBC discussing “Women Creating Hope”; Ethiopian trainee attends course in St. Louis; Glaucoma specialist from Tilganga featured in Nepalese magazine; Improving cornea care in Ethiopia; and more
Restoring Sight to Thousands in Ethiopia; Sub-Specialty Training in Glaucoma; Improving Surgical Training for Ophthalmology Residents in Ethiopia; Oculoplastics Training in Nepal; Going Beyond - Dr. Sadik Taju; Vitreo-retina Care in Bhutan; HCP Welcomes Gertrude Agbozo; Two HCP Board Members Recognized; Co-Founder Dr. Ruit Finalist for Humanitarian Award; and more
Message from the Chairman; High-Volume Cataract Campaigns in Ethiopia; HCP to Partner with Ethiopian Ministry of Health; Cornea Campaign in Kenya; Cataract/Cornea Campaign in Ghana; Outreach Microsurgical Eye Clinic in Nepal; Dr. Ruit Highlighted in CNN; and more
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we give thanks for supporters of the Himalayan Cataract Project. Every contribution works miracles. Give the “Gift of Sight” for the holidays; Share a book; Support the HCP while you shop online with AmazonSmile.
Cataract outreach in Bhutan and northern India; Tilganga hosts 2nd National Oculoplastic Conference; HCP partners with Ophthalmological Society of Ethiopia; Can an iPad app help screen for Glaucoma?; “An Eye-Opening Trip to Ethiopia”; and more
Sight Restoration in Mountainous India; Nepal Sustainability & Innovation; Residency Exchange Program Launches in Ghana; Ethiopia Sub-Specialty Mentorship; HCP Co-Founders Honored for Global Health Initiatives; Sub-Specialty Clinic in Rural Nepal; Grateful Patient in Bhutan; Dr. Geoff Tabin at TEDx; and more
Enhancing Eye Care in Myanmar; High-Volume Cataract Care: Quiha Zonal Hospital, Ethiopia; Subspecialty Training for Myanmar Ophthalmologists; Pedaling with Purpose; and more.
International Outreach Spotlight: Restoring Sight in Ethiopia; Postcards form the Field; Eye Care for Prisoners in Southern Nepal; Training Eye Care Staff Worldwide; Tackling Glaucoma in Ghana; Infrastructure Work in Nepal, Ghana and Bhutan; Al Jazeera 101 East’s Documentary; One Girl - One Global Fundraising Project and more
International training in Nepal; Nigerian doctor on glaucoma fellowship; Building capacity in Ethiopia; Tilganga manager trains in US; Patient Story: Total darkness to entrepreneur after a 6-minute surgery; Enhancing eye care in Indonesia; Improving retina service in Nepal; HCP International Fellow in Tanzania; Dr. Hugh Taylor named President of ICO; New development manager at HCP; and more!
Enhancing sub-specialty capacity in Ethiopia; Clinical collaboration in Ghana; Bhutan program highlighted in Forbes; Ophthalmology training updates; Dr. Tabin awarded a Presidential Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology; Dr. Olson receives Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence; Dr. Oliva to receive humanitarian award; HCP is Classy Awards Finalist; Two innovative fundraisers; Brown U. profiles Dr. Tabin & more
Reaching into Upper Mustang; Phaplu Community Eye Center cataract event; 1,200 surgeries in Uttar Pradesh; Cornea and pediatric observerships in US; Ongoing mentorship in Bhutan; New USAID-supported projects in Burma and Nepal; Dr. Matt Oliva in UW magazine; Dr. Geoff Tabin on NOVA website; Dr. Sanduk Ruit and Tilganga receive special recognition; HCP partners on Capitol Hill; New HCP staff member
Collaboration & care in southern Ethiopia; Ongoing cornea mentorship, and residency training and new program opportunities; KATH outreach and HCP International Fellow in Ghana; Hetauda, Nepal, outreach; Award for Nepal Eye Bank; Sanduk Ruit receives award for social entrepreneurship; Geoff Tabin featured on NOVA’s “Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers”; CLASSY Awards; Events
KATH Eye Center Inauguration: A milestone for eye care in Ghana; Ophthalmology meeting at KATH; Cataract & cornea workshop to kick off new eye center’s opening; Southwest Ethiopia’s 1st corneal transplant; Consistent care at Hetauda in Nepal; Sub-specialty training & HCP site visit in Nepal; Tilganga to expand reach with help from Standard Chartered Bank
Reducing the backlog of cataract blindness in Ethiopia: Woldiya, Mekelle and Harar; First day of surgery at new KATH Eye Center in Ghana; KATH inauguration set for February 21; Micro surgical eye camp in Nepal
Eye care in southern Ethiopia; Ethiopian training summary; Eye care in a converted schoolhouse in Nepal; A Rwandan Profile in Courage by Dr. David Chang; HCP receives a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator; HCP in Seattle
High-volume event in India featured on British ITV News; Eye care in West Bengal; Dr. Tabin in Nepal for outreach event; Hetauda celebrates 5th anniversary; Phaplu construction; Two Ethiopian ophthalmologists in US for sub-specialty fellowships; Dr. Abora of Ethiopia in Nepal; Bhutanese ophthalmologists in Nepal; HCP to present at Town Hall Seattle; Tribute to David Relin; HCP at AAO & more.
HCP on ABC News – Twice!; Tilganga launches new program in Myanmar; World Sight Day in Nepal; HCP partner in Ethiopia recognized for improving eye care; October progress in Ghana; Cornea fellowships for Ethiopians; and HCP event in Palo Alto, California.
Tilganga in Nepal receives highest award for vision: Champalimaud; Hetauda Community Eye Hospital expands reach; Nepal's largest off-grid solar project at Tilganga; Program in Ladakh, India, provides 180+ cataract surgeries; HCP/Moran Fellow visits HCP partners in Ethiopia; Cataract care in Uganda; HCP in the News: ABC News, The Telegraph, Examiner, Nepali Times, CBS News; and Second Suns offer
Ethiopia: ASCRS Foundation Partnership; High-volume cataract workshop at Quiha; Training at Gondar; Equipment technician returns to Ethiopia; Cataract Workshop at Arbaminch; Dr. Geoff Tabin keynotes at COECSA; Uganda Cornea Care; Nepal: Ethiopian doctor gets phaco training; HCP Fellow in western Nepal; Diabetic Retinopathy Program; The Economist; Outside Magazine; Adrienne Graves at WIO meeting
National Uveitis Conference in Nepal; Nepal's largest solar installation is at Tilganga; Nepal Eye Bank milestones; Progress at eye center in Ghana; National Eye Bank of Ethiopia; Quiha cataract surgeon honored; Utah preschool raises $120 for HCP; Media attention for HCP, its doctors, and the new book Second Suns!
Incredible press coverage for HCP around the June 18th release of “Second Suns”; New Eye Center at KATH opens its doors; Solar installation at Tilganga nears completion; Construction progresses at the Phaplu Community Eye Center; HCP Procurement prepares for upcoming work in Ethiopia; Training at Tilganga; Night for Sight; Exclusive excerpts & reviews of “Second Suns”
Life-changing eye clinic in Bhutan; Mega Cataract Workshop in Indonesia; Progress in Ghana; Ethiopia research follow-up off; Documentary about South Sudan wins awards; Outside Magazine gives “Second Suns” a rave review; Tilganga lenses highlighted in Ophthalmology; Thank you to Professor Hugh Taylor; High school student raises funds for HCP; Surgical manual available on iTunes; and more!
Outreach in Nepal provides 335 cataract surgeries; 1,014 cataract surgeries in India; Ethiopian partner receives phaco training; Ghanaian ophthalmologist finishes glaucoma observership; Ethiopian ophthalmologist arrives in U.S. for clinical exchange; HCP Co-Founder Dr. Sanduk Ruit travels to Myanmar; HCP’s Ethiopia Program and ASCRS; National Geographic blog; Inside an outreach clinic; and more!
HCP's largest cataract campaign—over 1,300 surgeries in 11 days in Ethiopia; Running event raises awareness for eye care; New agreement with Quiha Zonal Hospital; Partnership with WGGA Specialized Vision Clinic; Successful outreach in Nepal; Ethiopian & Ghanaian ophthalmologists to attend ASCRS; Ghanaian completes training in Nepal; Random House book about HCP co-founders due in June; and more
High-volume cataract events in Ethiopia; Accelerate Ethiopia event; Ghanaian and Ethiopian ophthalmologists' US training; Adrienne Graves joins HCP Board of Directors; HCP joins InterAction; Charity Navigator awards 4 stars to HCP; High school students raise funds; Presentations from Drs. Sanduk Ruit & Matt Oliva now online; Informational Series: Basics of Cataracts
Outreach in Ethiopia; High-volume cataract workshop in Nepal; USAID ASHA visits Tilganga; Groundbreaking for expanded eye center in Nepal; Ethiopian trainees complete SICS training; Ethiopian and Ghanaian engineers do technical training; Bascom Palmer resident in Ethiopia; HCP Fellow in Nepal; Dr. Ruit earns award; Dr. Tabin visits Bascom Palmer Eye Institute; Dr. Taylor publishes academic paper
Thank you from HCP! High-volume cataract workshop in Ethiopia; First retina surgeries in Bhutan; Partners from Moran Eye Center return to South Sudan; Cataract care in Hetauda, Nepal; Pediatric ophthalmology training in Nepal and Bhutan; Indonesian pediatric ophthalmologist completes her training; Ghanaian newspaper feature on KATH; HCP featured in Image magazine; In memoriam, Maria Bujak
Cataract workshop in India for 1,000; Tilganga’s Refractive Surgery Unit exceeds 600 surgeries; Ethiopian ophthalmologist begins corneal fellowship; Indonesian pediatric ophthalmologist arrives at Tilganga for training; Hetauda Hospital welcomes new Chief; Dr. Sanduk Ruit’s highlighted by Associated Press; Multimedia article featuring Dr. Ruit in The Global Mail; HCP at AAO Meeting & more
High-Volume Eye Camps in Nepal with Co-Directors (at Hetauda & Phaplu); Affiliated Ophthalmologist and Trainees in Ethiopia; Ethiopian Doctor Trains at U. Nebraska; USAID Support for Renewable Energy Project; Geoff Tabin in The Hindu; Jewish Family Services Tribute Dinner; Lifelong Vision Award; Dr. Sanduk Ruit in Vairochana; Dr. Matt Oliva Speaks in Nebraska; Development Manager, Charlie Clement
U.S. Ophthalmologist Trains in Nepal; Nepalese Subspecialty Training in Utah & London; Ethiopian Ophthalmic Tech Training; Ghanaian Nurse Receives Pediatric Ophthalmology Certificate; Cataract & Cornea Care in Bhutan; Cataract Workshop at Hetauda; Tilganga Site Visit by HCP Staff; IAPB Meeting; HCP Board Member Article on Corneal Blindness; 2011 Annual Report; Accelerate Ethiopia and Scott Jurek
High-volume cataract intervention in Ghana; Outreach Microsurgical Eye Clinic in Nepal; Refractive surgery in Nepal exceeds expectations; Ophthalmology resident in Ethiopia; U.S. ophthalmologist arrives in Nepal; Volunteer ophthalmologist teaches Phaco in Kenya; In memory of Dr. Julius Tabin; Outside Magazine features Accelerate Ethiopia
HCP-Supported Training: Ethiopian ophthalmologist completes Fellowship, Ghanaian nurse receives pediatric training, Ophthalmic tech from Ethiopia goes to Nepal; News article features Drs. Ruit & Tabin; Tabin speaks on sustainability in eye care; New paper by Affiliated Ophthalmologist; Runners wanted for Ethiopian trail race; HCP launches Twitter page; Supporter visits Tilganga; Young fundraisers
Follow-up outreach event in Meket, Ethiopia; HCP seeks runners for Ethiopia’s first trail ½ marathon; HCP represented at NGO forum in Ethiopia; KATH site visit; Affiliated Ophthalmologist goes to Ghana; KATH nurse in India for pediatric training; Dolakha eye center renovations complete; Tilganga residents train at Geisinger; HCP's new Facebook page; HCP Affiliated Ophthalmologist interviewed.
1100+ cataract surgeries in Ethiopia; Cornea Training & Eye Banking; KATH Res. Director lectures at Ophthalmology Society; Clinical collaboration & training and construction in Ghana; New ophthalmologist at Hetauda; Eye camp in Nepal; High-volume outreach in India; Reuters news article features Dr. Sanduk Ruit; Board Members deliver webinar; Dr. Ruit attends Congress at the Vatican
Co-Director Dr. Geoff Tabin in Nepal for Refractive Surgery Unit Opening at the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology and visit to Geta Hospital; Sub-specialty training & equipment in Bhutan; Major surgical intervention & research in Ethiopia; New Eye Center in Ghana; Dr. Ruit receives award at APAO in South Korea; Dr. Tabin on CNN; Documentary project on corneal blindness; HCP represented at ASCRS
Co-Director Dr. Sanduk Ruit delivers keynote address at “Night for Sight”; HCP board meeting; Co-Director Dr. Geoff Tabin delivers keynote at Utah’s Center for Global Surgery; HCP hosts administrators from Ghana and Nepal for USAID/ASHA workshop and management exchange; Tilganga Refractive Surgery Unit implements telemedicine program; Upcoming events in Nepal, Ethiopia and Ghana
Programmatic Efforts in Ethiopia; Government pledges support for eyebanking; Two high-volume cataract workshops; HCP recognized by Millennium Cities Initiative; Progress in Ghana; Residency and outreach; Inauguration of KATH’s new eye center on May 13; HCP volunteer ophthalmologist speaks at fundraiser; Tanzania Millennium Village follow-up; TIO Refractive Surgery Unit opening slated for April 7
Refractive Surgery Unit opens in Nepal; Eye banking and outreach in Nepal; Faculty exchanges in Ethiopia; Dr. Paul Jorizzo visits Quiha Zonal Hospital and Gondar University; Drs. Huck Holz and Jason Dimming collaborate with Dr. Yewubnesh at Arbaminch; Eye care in Rwanda; HCP Partner featured in California newspaper; HCP in the spotlight on Philanthroper.com
Eye care in South Sudan; Dr. Tabin speaks at “The World in 2012 Gala Dinner” in Hong Kong; HCP visits partner in Ghana; HCP Procurement works with FHF programs in Laos; Donor stories
New HCP Procurement Program; Progress in Bhutan; Dr. Tabin speaks at West Bengal Conference; In the News in the The Himalayan Times, Nepali Times, Jakarta Globe and NPR; 501 sight-restoring surgeries in India; HCP partner in Ghana provides care in remote area; Refractive Surgery Unit renovations at Tilganga near completion; Social entrepreneur supports HCP; Give the Gift of Sight for the holidays
AAO and HCP annual meetings held in October; HCP Medical Advisory Board meeting; Joint international reception at AAO; HCP partner ophthalmologists; Panelists for the AAO 2011 International Forum; Eye banking for Ethiopia; World Sight Day celebrated in Nepal with new community eye center in Makawanpur; and a HCP event in Maine
Dr. Geoff Tabin speaks at Clinton Global Initiative event; USAID support in Nepal; HCP and Tilganga host USAID inspectors; Tilganga’s Refractive Surgery Unit renovations over 60% complete; Solar and medical waste solutions for Tilganga; Job Heintz attends IAPB meetings in Dubai; Geoff Tabin delivers keynote at inaugural event for UNMC’s International Division; Young donors raise $210 for HCP
Sight restoration in Tanzania; Jakarta Post features Dr. Sanduk Ruit’s work in Indonesia; HCP International Fellow provides sight in Kenya; Ethiopian ophthalmologist receives SICS training at Tilganga; San Francisco Marathon runners raise over $11,000 for HCP; Board members speak at international ophthalmology symposium; Dr. Tabin featured in video from Aspen’s Plum TV
Inauguration of new facility at Quiha Zonal Hospital in Ethiopia; New wing to eye hospital in India; Construction begins & lasers arrive for Refractive Surgery Unit in Nepal; KATH receives ophthalmic equipment; Partners in Trinidad plan new facility; HCP provides ongoing training in Kenya; Tilganga Pediatric Ophthalmologists receive training; KATH grant for Residency Program; And more
Ethiopian Doctor attends SICS training in Nepal; Landcruiser & eight pallets of ophthalmic equipment arrive at Quiha Zonal Hospital; HCP volunteer trains ophthalmic technician; HCP visiting faculty in Ghana; HCP prepares for 8th Millennium Villages Project in Tanzania; Co-Director Dr. Ruit in Indonesia; and San Francisco Marathon event.
High-volume care in Ethiopia, including two high-volume cataract workshops and oculoplastic workshop; KATH doctor attends pediatric conference; San Francisco Marathon rapidly approaching; and HCP Co-Director Dr. Geoff Tabin’s speaking events: University of Southern California, University of Utah’s School of Medicine Commencement, and MountainFilm in Telluride
Charity Navigator rates HCP among “10 Consistently Excellent Charities”; HCP Co-Directors Drs. Tabin & Ruit at cataract workshop in Nepal; Boeing partners with HCP to deliver ophthalmic equipment to Ethiopia; Donation valued at $137,000 from Santen; Dr. Ruit interviewed on ABC Radio Australia; Dr. Tabin gives keynote at global health conference; KATH administrator attends management training.
Cataract workshops in Mangarh, India; Hetauda organizes new screening camps; HCP represented at Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress; Co-Director Dr. Geoff Tabin receives award from his alma mater; HCP partner SightLife featured on NPR; Upcoming HCP events