Himalayan Cataract Project: Remote Eye Camps

 
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Patients waiting for Surgery
Patients waiting for Surgery

HCP partner, Jagadgauru Kripalu Chikitsalaya Charity Eye Hospital (JKEC), in Uttar Pradesh, India recently established a new eye hospital in Vrindavan, India. Vrindavan is located approximately 150 km south of Delhi and is considered a holy city for Hindus in India. The town lacked a charity hospital that provides high-quality eye care for those without ability to pay. With a catchment area of over 2.5 million people, JKEC built their new division to serve this population, and currently regularly now serves roughly 600-700 patients daily. In March 2016, JKEC invited the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TIO), HCP’s main implementing partner in Asia, to help manage the hospitals first cataract outreach. TIO’s Dr. Govinda Paudal managed the outreach at Vrindavan, which treated at total of 387 patients. The outreach also provided training opportunities for Dr. Sandhya of Vrindivan as well as over 25 nursing and optometry students in cataract outreach management and ocular anesthesia. These hands-on training opportunities are invaluable for the local doctors and staff to be able to continue providing high quality care, with and without HCP support.

JKEC Vrindavan has requested TIO and HCP’s support for at least two cataract outreach campaigns annually to reach the large number of needy patients across the district. Together with your support, we can transform eye care for this region of India.

Post-Op Patients
Post-Op Patients
Surgical Training
Surgical Training
Dr. Ruit Post-Op
Dr. Ruit Post-Op

2015 has been a year of tremendous challenge for Nepal. Since the two devastating earthquakes in April and May of last year, so much has changed, including the very landscape of Nepal itself. One thing that remains consistent are HCP’s and our partner institution’s, the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, commitment to reaching those who most need care. In the last quarter of 2015, Tilganga’s outreach program provided over 1,500 cataract surgeries to patients across Nepal and northern India. This includes 288 surgeries in Nuwakot and 102 surgeries Dolakha – two of most devastated regions by last year’s earthquakes. We are so proud of the TIO team. Dr. Sanduk Ruit and Tilganga’s work was also profiled, In 5 Minutes, He Lets the Blind See, by the New York Times’s Nik Kristoff . HCP is incredibly proud of Tilganga’s team.Tilganga Their resilience and work ethic is evident and despite what they have been through, they continue to provide cataract surgery to those most in need in Nepal.

Happy Patient
Happy Patient
Supplies for Nuwakot
Supplies for Nuwakot
Excited Post-Op Patient
Excited Post-Op Patient
The Best Smile
The Best Smile

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Phechik Pre-Surgery
Phechik Pre-Surgery

A Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) supported outreach was held last month in the town of Mustang in Nepal, on the border of Nepal and Tibet. The screening was organized by HCP partner institution, the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, as well as the District Community Eye Centre Mustang and the District Health Office Mustang.

Four screening camps were held prior to the outreach. 500 patients were screened and 52 surgeries were completed at the outreach.

One of the patients was 70 year old Phechik. Phechik works at a Buddhist monastery, and had been bilaterally blind (blind in both eyes) for the past eight years. Villagers brought her to the outreach by bike. After surgery her sight was restored, and she was able to return to her home on her own, completely unassisted.

Phechik After Surgery
Phechik After Surgery
Relief efforts
Relief efforts

Since our last Global Giving report, Nepal was devastated by two earthquakes. Our partner in Kathmandu, the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, led by our co-founder, Dr. Sanduk Ruit, took immediate action, meeting the immediate urgent needs of those effected.

Tilganga provided truckloads of supplies containing food, medical supplies, tenst and linens to the most heavily damaged rural areas. At the hospital in Kathmandu, medical assistance was provided to those in need. 

As monsoon fast approached, efforts shifted to creating temporary shelters to those who lost their homes in the earthquake. Temporary shelters are still being created in the Sindu area.

While Nepal and our partners continue recovery efforts, outreach in terms of cataract surgeries has been impacted, while immediate medical issues and needs are addressed. 

Recovery and rehabilitation will be a long process, but work has already begun towards bringing Nepal back to its feet.

The Himalayan Cataract Project and our partners are so grateful for the support during this devastating event. In the words of Dr. Ruit, your compassion provided strength at a very challenging time. 

A young earthquake victim treated at Tilganga
A young earthquake victim treated at Tilganga
Children in front of temporary shelter
Children in front of temporary shelter
Myanmar Monk waiting for surgery
Myanmar Monk waiting for surgery

The Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP), along with the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, are working with the government of Myanmar to improve the nation's eye care system. As part of this work, in March, Himalayan Cataract Project Co-Founders Drs. Sanduk Ruit and Geoff Tabin, along with partners from the Yangoon Eye Hospital, completed a cataract and corneal surgical training workshop. Over a 10-day period, 30 ophthalmologists and 20 ophthalmology residents gained valuable surgical skills. Over 700 surgeries were completed at two locations (Yangoon and Taunggyu), including 11 corneal transplants. Patients ranged from 4 years to 106 years old. 

Additionally, HCP and Tilganga have discussed the development of a Cornea Eye Bank in Myanmar with local partners. Myanmar currently receives a far fewer number of cornea donations than what is needed. The development of a local eye bank would be a tremendous step towards curing corneal disease throughout the country.

Meanwhile in Nepal in March, Dr. Geoff Tabin participated in a four-day, hands-on cornea training workshop at the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Nepal. Dr. Tabin worked alongside four Nepali and one Indian corneal specialist to practice new techniques, review procedures, and provide ongoing assessment and training. In 2014, the eye bank had its most successful year with more than 550 corneas made available for transplant.

And in India Dr. Govind Paudyal and his team from the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology returned to Jagadguru Kripalu Chikitsalaya Charity Hospital in Mangahr, India, to work with local surgeons on a four-day cataract campaign. Working with local ophthalmologists, Dr. Paudyal’s team completed a total of 894 cataract surgeries and six other eye surgeries.

Post Op patients in India
Post Op patients in India
Future trainees in Myanmar
Future trainees in Myanmar

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Geoff Tabin

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