High-Volume Outreach in Hosanna, Ethiopia

Outreach team provides nearly 1,000 surgeries in five days

Working with partners from WEEMA International, Woliata Sodo University Hospital and Arba Minch Hospital, the Himalayan Cataract Project managed a high-volume cataract intervention in Hosanna, Ethiopia. In just five days, the team provided 976 sight-restoring cataract surgeries with local ophthalmologists, Drs. Daniel Getaneh and Dawit Gidey; HCP Board Member, Dr. Matt Oliva; HCP Affiliated Ophthalmologist, Dr. Mike Feilmeier; volunteer, Peter Sturges and talented team of ophthalmic nurses and technicians.

HCP has partnered with WEEMA International to address blindness caused by cataracts in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region (SNNPR) of Ethiopia. Together with local hospitals and government partners, we are implementing high volume cataract campaigns annually in the region. Through this partnership, we hope to not only treat curable blindness caused by cataract using high-quality, cost-effective surgical methods but also to strengthen the capacity of existing eye care services through skills transfer.

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