HCP's model begins with bringing high-quality care to those who need it most. Of the more than 39 million people worldwide suffering from unnecessary blindness, more than half are due to cataract – which can be surgically treated. Most of these people live in low to middle income countries, where poor nutrition and limited access to eye care can mean a life limited by needless blindness.
HCP has developed highly efficient approaches in each of the critical areas of surgery, training and education, so that its eye doctors and support teams can reach everyone – including the poor who often live in sparsely populated regions.
Dr. Sanduk Ruit is credited as being the first Nepali doctor to perform modern cataract surgery with a sight restoring lens implant. He went on to adapt modern techniques for remote settings still maintaining the same high quality and low cost. This evolution in medical care for the poor became the basis for the Eye Care Model that is now replicated in other countries in low to middle income countries.
Tilganga outreach teams often reach inaccessible areas by foot and more often than not arrive to communities with no electricity and minimal sanitation and potable water.
Within a matter of hours, the team can turn a dusty schoolhouse, or whatever building is available, into an equivalent medical ward where sight-restoring surgery is carried out to comparable standards found in the developed world.
Even in remote areas, the consistent goal of the team is to provide the highest quality eye care to as many people as possible and perform as many surgeries as possible.