India: Strengthening Eye Care Services and Training
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 Kongtrol Eye Centre (JKEC) in Kalimpong, India, provides primary eye care services and high quality cataract surgery to patients from the Darjeeling District. JKEC’s primary mission is to provide care to patients who cannot afford it. Paying patients who previously traveled for eye care further away can now be treated closer to home while providing income and contributing to sustainability. In Uttar Pradesh, HCP and Tilganga conduct two high volume cataract events each year for two Kripalu charity clinics. Master trainer Dr. Govinda Paudel from Tilganga leads the events and the Tilganga team provides hands-on training to local ophthalmologists and mid-level ophtahlmic staff. In 2013, Dr. Sanduk Ruit and Tilganga began work with the staff at Leh Hospital in Ladakh, India near the Tibetan border. Since then, Dr. Ruit and his team has returned to provide ongoing training and cataract services to this remote region.
In 2016, HCP supported TIO staff in conducting 6 outreach events in India, resulting in 2,740 cataract surgeries, a 60% increase over the number of surgeries performed in the previous year. Our partners in India also held two seven-day workshops in SICS/Phaco surgery, anesthesia, and pre- and post-op for 25 optometrists and nursing students. HCP plans to continue and increase support for eye care services and education in India through our partners at TIO in the upcoming year.
- India>Jammu and Kashmir
- India>Uttar Pradesh
- India>West Bengal