BENEFITING: HIMALAYAN CATARACT PROJECT INC
ORGANIZER: HIMALAYAN CATARACT PROJECT INC
EVENT: San Francisco Marathon 2011
EVENT DATE: Jul 31, 2011
The Himalayan Cataract Project’s mission is to reach the greatest number of unserved blind people, with the highest quality care, at the lowest possible cost. HCP was founded in 1995. Since then it has become a leader in international health innovation in the developing world based on its unrivaled model in eye care.
The Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) has programs throughout the Himalayan region of South Asia and in numerous countries across Sub-Saharan Africa. With all of our programs, the primary focus is on education and the establishment of a sustainable eye care infrastructure, and it is this commitment to education and sustainability that sets us apart from other organizations.
HCP was co-founded by two intrepid ophthalmologists, Dr. Sanduk Ruit and Dr. Geoff Tabin, started the Himalayan Cataract Project to fulfill their personal goals of eradicating as much unnecessary blindness in their lifetimes as possible. Drs. Ruit and Tabin have proven that hospital quality standards can be applied in poor areas lacking electricity and clean water. Their inventive approach and dogged perseverance made what 20 years ago was considered impossible – possible.
Today HCP reaches the most unreachable patients wherever its services are needed through a combination of:
• teaching ophthalmic care at all levels,
• furthering specialized care through training and skills transfer, country by country,
• establishing self sustaining eye care centers, and
• performing sutureless cataract operations in 6 to 7 minutes, at a low cost, with excellent outcomes.
For more information visit http://www.cureblindness.org