Bamiyan Panorama

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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Curing blindness - the Himalayan Cataract Project!

Imagine living for decades, or a lifetime, with blindness due to cataracts.  Imagine that with an 10 minute specialized surgery and a $25 surgery you can be cured!

Introducing the Himalayan Cataract Project

The Himalayan Cataract Project’s top priority is to reach the greatest number of unserved blind people, with the highest quality care, at the lowest possible cost. It thrives on the enduring passion of its founding directors, Dr. Sanduk Ruit and Dr. Geoffrey Tabin, ophthalmologists who dedicate their lives to eradicating unnecessary blindness.
Blindness is most prevalent in developing countries where malnutrition, inadequate health and education services, poor water quality and a lack of sanitation leads to a high incidence of eye disease.

Can a 10-Minute, $20 Medical Procedure Change a Life?

Yes! The material costs for a sight-restoring surgery are less than $25. With the cost of finding and transporting the patient, supplying the surgery and follow-up care, the total cost is still usually under $100.
According to WHO, cataract surgery is among the most cost-effective public health interventions.

Here is a link for my favorite video about the Organization:


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