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More miracle work in Nepal - new visions of Everest
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Apr 27, 2005 18: 51 EST

The North Face catarac expedition is not the only team working miracles in Himalaya. A mountaineer just pointed ExWeb to the Tilganga Eye Camp.

The Tilganga Eye Centre in Kathmandu, which ran the camp, was opened in 1994 with support from The Fred Hollows Foundation (incorporating the Nepal Eye Program Australia). Fred Hollows was a leading surgeon and fundraiser from Australia, who died some years ago.

70 000 new outlooks on the world

Now get this; since 1994 Tilganga has screened more than 950,000 people and performed nearly 70,000 operations - Cataract surgeries accounting for the majority of these. Each year, more and more operations have been conducted through the Surgicentre and at outreach clinics, which are set up temporarily in
remote communities of Nepal.

From 1,700 to 10,000 in ten years

There has been a huge increase in the capacity of the Centre. In 1994, 1,700 operations were conducted, compared to more than 10,000 operations in 2004.

The guys are taking eye care to some of the most remote areas of Nepal, so that more people - who would normally not be able to get to Kathmandu for services - are able to be treated by the Tilganga team.

The Tilganga Eye Centre also have a fundraising programme run in conjunction with World Expeditions that mountaineers going to Nepal or wherever could contribute to. (Check details on the website in the links section.)

Image courtesy of Tilganga Eye Centre
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