On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated the Himalayan country of Nepal. The Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) is taking a leading role in the medical and humanitarian relief efforts throughout the country. HCP has been providing medical services in Nepal for over 20 years. Their remote eye teams have a long-term relationship with many of the rural communities most affected by the earthquake.
The Himalayan Cataract Project’s co-founder Dr. Sanduk Ruit and all of HCP’s partners and friends at the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology are safe. The eye hospital is still standing and functioning. Unfortunately, several colleagues have lost their homes and countless acquaintances have died. Many outlying communities and villages are completely destroyed. Power, water, and transportation are devastated. Partners at Tilganga are working around the clock to treat patients with eye trauma and other injuries.
We need the worldwide ophthalmology community to help Nepal recover. The Himalayan Cataract Project will fund direct relief and free treatment for trauma victims with a special account called “Nepal Relief.” 100% of the funds raised will go directly to the relief efforts coordinated by Dr. Ruit in Nepal.
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