The
Work

We aspire to cure the mountain of global blindness, one patient at a time.

What We Do

We work to overcome barriers impeding delivery of cataract care to underserved, needlessly blind people in the developing world. At the core of our work is our goal to achieve high-quality, low-cost eye care that can be sustained in the developing world for the long-term.

Where We Work

In 2014 HCP and its partners provided more than 800,000 screenings and performed more than 78,000 surgeries across Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. That same year, we procured more than $1.3 million in equipment and supplies for 25 countries, from Albania to Mexico to Vietnam. In order to strengthen and grow eye care systems in these regions, HCP has also been providing education and training. Since 2005, HCP has trained nearly 250 ophthalmic personnel from 19 countries. Read more about our global efforts in our 2014 annual report (pdf, 6.1 MB).

South Sudan
Nepal
India
Bhutan
Myanmar
China
Indonesia
Ghana
Ethiopia
Tanzania
Uganda
Nigeria
Malawi
Rwanda
South Sudan
Population

11,296,000

Percentage of population that is blind

10

Nepal
Population

27,797,000

Number of cataract blind age 50+

362,100

Total HCP screenings (2014)

427,622

Total HCP surgeries (2014)

34,337

India
Population

1,252,140,000

Population age 50+

229,340, 468

Number of cataract-blind, age 50+

9,394,168

Bhutan
Population

754,000

Total screenings (2014)

77,086

Total surgeries (2014)

2,023

Myanmar
Population

53,259,000

Prevalence of Blindness

0.58%*

Percentage of Blindness due to Cataract

60

* tremendous regional variation

China
Population

1,393,337,000

Number of blind

5,000,000 (18% of world's total)

Percentage of blindness due to cataracts

50

Number becoming cataract-blind each year

400,000

Indonesia
Population

249,866,000

Number of blind

3,600,000

Percentage of blindness due to cataracts

70

Number becoming cataract-blind each year

120,000

Ghana
Population

25,905,000

Number of cataract-blind

105,000

Number becoming cataract-blind each year

21,000

Ethiopia
Population

91,729,000

Number of blind

1,280,00

Percentage of blindness due to cataracts

50

Tanzania
Population

49,253,000

Number of blind

300,000

Percentage of blindness due to cataracts

50

Uganda
Population

37,579,000

Number of blind

1,000,000

Percentage of blindness due to cataracts

40

Nigeria
Population

173,615,000

Number of blind and visually impaired age 40+

4,250,000

Percentage of blindness due to cataracts

43

Malawi
Population

16,363,000

Total blind and impaired vision

473,600

Number with cataract blindness or impaired vision

160,000

Ratio of cataract surgeons per capita

1 : 1,000,000

Rwanda
Population

11,777,000

Number of blind

30,000

Percentage of blindness due to cataracts

65

Nepal

“Gift of Sight” is an independent documentary that features HCP co-founder Dr. Sanduk Ruit with a trainee from Indonesia as they visit communities paralyzed by preventable blindness and work to restore sight, and more importantly hope.

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Ethiopia

Working with ophthalmic staff at 10 hospitals and clinics in seven regions across the country, HCP and its partners are developing a robust eye care delivery system that is making great strides in eliminating avoidable blindness in Ethiopia.

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Ghana

HCP’s partnership with Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ghana, gained significant momentum in 2014 when a new eye unit was formally inaugurated.

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Bhutan

The Himalayan Cataract Project has been working with the Royal Government of Bhutan for 15 years to expand its system of eye care. In 2014, one ophthalmologist and two ophthalmic nurses completed a four-week course in cataract surgery at Tilganga, and Dr. Phuntsho Dorji completed his second year of residency. Dr. Robert Hoffman returned to Bhutan for his annual mentoring trip to work with Dr. Dechen Wangmo on pediatrics cases and provide care to children in schools for the blind.

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India

HCP efforts in India have gradually expanded to include training and equipment support for programs in three regions. The Jamgon Kongtrul Eye Centre in Kalimpong provides primary eye care to patients from the Darjeeling District. Its central mission is to provide care to the thousands of patients across the region who cannot afford it.

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Myanmar

Cataract blindness occurs at a higher rate among the population of Myanmar than in most parts of the world, representing 60% of all cases.

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Rwanda

In 2009, Dr. Geoff Tabin conducted several mobile eye clinics in rural Rwanda. Serac Adventure Films followed the story of one of the patients — a young girl whose life was transformed overnight.

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Why Support the Himalayan Cataract Project?

Our doctors have performed more than 445,000 cataract surgeries in the developing world through walk-in clinics and high-volume, improvised mobile eye camps. Some 18 million needlessly-blind cataract patients still await care, most of them with no place to turn.