Ophthalmologists with a Mission
December 17, 2014
The Himalayan Cataract Project works to eradicate preventable and curable blindness through high quality ophthalmic care, education and the establishment of a world-class eye care infrastructure.
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. Click here to learn what it’s like to be blind in the developing world.
Can a 10-Minute, $25 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.
We Need Your Help!
Your one-time or monthly donation will immediately help us perform more life-altering eye surgeries and give us the resources to train, educate and equip the local doctors and nurses who make your donation have such an impact.
The Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP)
- High Quality – treating with medical care comparable to western standards
- Innovative – refining the best surgical techniques, efficient practices and training methods
- High Impact – delivering on-site care and long-term care simultaneously
- Affordable – sustaining a formula of cost containment that makes care possible for everyone
- Replicable – disseminating a proven model that can be taken anywhere to cure blindness