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What We Do
Where We Work
High volume Cataract Campaigns
The Himalayan Cataract Project has developed highly-efficient approaches in each of the critical areas of surgery, training, and education, so that its eye doctors and support teams can reach everyone – including the poor who often live in sparsely populated regions. For those who cannot reach urban areas, HCP, our eye care partners, and teams of local nurses and doctors conduct high-volume cataract campaigns in remote areas of Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. During these campaigns hundreds of surgeries are performed each day.
Education & Training
The Himalayan Cataract Project trains local eye care teams with methodologies optimized for the developing world. All training and education hinges on maximizing the capacity of eye care staff at all levels. This allows for the expansion of efficient eye care delivery, an increased number of patients treated, and an increased number of trained eye care specialists who can then train future eye care providers.
Underlying the varied work carried out by HCP and the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology is our belief that a sustainable health care system must function effectively over the long term with minimal external involvement. Thus, sustainable eye care requires local staffing of ophthalmologists, eye care workers, and administrators, and necessitates first-rate training and education at all levels. A core feature of HCP’s training is to maximize the ability of mid-level eye care workers (largely ophthalmic assistants) to deliver eye care more efficiently.
Working closely with a variety of partners, HCP supports a full range of ophthalmic education – from the traditional rigorous training of surgeons to the intensive training of field workers that includes nurses, field staff and community leaders.
The Himalayan Cataract Project is committed to building, provisioning, mentoring and staffing a diverse range of of eye care facilities so that they are equipped to serve the blind and others who need eye care indefinitely. From community eye centers in rural areas staffed by ophthalmic assistants, to full specialty eye hospitals, HCP provides financial support and administrative assistance depending on the needs of the area. HCP also assists newly established groups work toward financial independence.
The network of partners that make the Himalayan Cataract Project and the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology’s work possible is diverse and multifaceted. It consists of individuals and institutions ranging from local, grassroots health workers in remote areas, to volunteer ophthalmologists, all the way to large multinational donors, and many more.
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The Himalayan Cataract Project and Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology are longstanding, trusted partners whose close collaboration with other organizations is essential in carrying out effective and successful projects. HCP and Tilganga share a binding, core philosophy that stands behind each of the partners they engage: the belief that the eradication of needless blindness is fundamentally a human right. Partners with this shared goal help the HCP strengthen its mission to eradicate preventable and curable blindness.
The Himalayan Cataract Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
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