Dr. Shakti Prasad Subedi on behalf of Nepal Red Cross Society Surkhet Eye Hospital
To reduce cataract blindness through the provision of surgical and primary eye care services in Karnali province, Nepal
Karnali is the least developed of seven provinces in Nepal. Eye care services in Karnali are limited to those provided by non-governmental organizations and eye surgery is only available in Surkhet Eye Hospital, located in the capital of Karnali province.
According to the Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness survey 2010, the prevalence of blindness in Karnali province is 0.86%, with cataracts responsible for 65% of visual impairments. Currently, many of the population are not screened and treated for cataracts due to lack of resources and facilities.
This project aims to address cataract impairment by implementing mobile screening and surgical camps to address the existing cataract backlog. Primary eye care services will be integrated into government health facilities and will provide basic eye care training to government health personnel. The project will serve 20,000 people living in hard to reach areas and restore the sight of 2,000 people annually through hospital and outreach services.