Himalayan Cataract Project
The Himalayan Cataract Project works to overcome barriers impeding delivery of cataract care to underserved, needlessly blind people in the developing world. Our efforts are focused on eradicating preventable and curable blindness with a concurrent strategy to provide high-quality care, train local personnel and establish a world-class eye care infrastructure where most needed. We work with partners to establish and perfect methodologies optimized for the developing world. Our innovation rests in our delivery system, commitment to skills-transfer and ability to provide high-quality surgical care in remote settings, reaching patients who would never make it to a hospital.
HCP’s top priority is to reach the greatest number of unserved blind people, with the highest quality care at the lowest cost possible. To do this as effectively as possible, HCP focuses in three key areas to ensure outstanding service:
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. or 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.
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 facility and region. Through our Technology and Procurement Program, we source and manage equipment and materials for HCP programs and those being carried out by other organizations. In any given year, the Technology and Procurement Program will provide millions of dollars worth of equipment and supplies to over 30 countries.
A health project in Zimbabwe
In 2017, HCP plans to conduct a high-volume cataract surgical workshop in conjunction with the Victoria Falls Hospital in the Matabeleland North district of Zimbabwe. This is the first time we have organized... Learn more
A health project in India
The Himalayan Cataract Project began working in northern India in 2004 with the Paramita Charitable Trust to establish a charitable cataract clinic in Kalimpong and helped build a new wing in 2012. The Jomgon... Learn more
A health project in Myanmar
The Himalayan Cataract Project began working in Myanmar in 2014 when HCP co-founder, Dr. Sanduk Ruit, was invited by the Government of Myanmar to strenghten the country's ophthalmic services through training,... Learn more
A health project in Bhutan
The Himalayan Cataract Project began our partnership with the Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB) in 2000 to help develop the nation's primary eye care system. HCP recently began our fourth 5-year agreement with... Learn more
A health project in Nepal
The Himalayan Cataract Project was co-founded in 1995 to support and expand eye care at the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TIO) in Kathmandu, Nepal. Today, TIO serves over 400,000 patients annually through... Learn more
A health project in Ghana
The Himalayan Cataract Project works to eliminate avoidable and preventable blindness while working with local partners to develop a sustainable national eye care system. HCP has worked with Komfo Anokye Teaching... Learn more
A health project in Ethiopia
The Himalayan Cataract Project works to eliminate avoidable and preventable blindness while working with local partners to develop a sustainable eye care system. HCP has worked with local partners in Ethiopia... Learn more