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Dr. Jeff Rutgard and ED Darrah Kauhane join Dr. Geoffrey Tabin and The Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) in Arba Minch, Ethiopia

In mid-August 2018, Dr. Jeff Rutgard and ED Darrah Kauhane were invited to join Dr. Geoffrey Tabin and The Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) in Arba Minch, Ethiopia. Those familiar with Dr. Tabin know of his selfless work ethic and attention to detail, and many have seen HCP’s unprecedented efforts in Nepal on 60 minutes, Fox News, and NPR. “The Himalayan Cataract Project works to eradicate preventable and curable blindness in the developing world.” Hawaiian Eye Foundation is grateful for this incredible opportunity to learn from Dr. Tabin, HCP and their local Ethiopian team. This mission gave us a truly global vision of what teamwork and local capacity building can accomplish. We were honored to take part in the Arba Minch Project and look forward to many more collaborations with this incredible organization.

In mid-August, Dr. Jeff Rutgard and ED Darrah Kauhane were invited to join Dr. Geoffrey Tabin and The Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) in Arba Minch, Ethiopia. Nearly 1000 surgeries were performed by 6 humanitarian surgeons during this weeklong project!
Those familiar with Dr. Tabin know of his selfless work ethic and attention to detail, and many have seen HCP’s unprecedented efforts in Nepal on 60 Minutes, Fox News and NPR. “The Himalayan Cataract Project works to eradicate preventable and curable blindness in the developing world.” Dr. Tabin co-founded HCP with Dr. Sanduk Ruit in 1995, and has since expanded from Nepal to Sub-Saharan Africa. According to the 2017 HCP Annual Report, “Together with our partners, in 2017, we reached over 1.5 million people with screening and basic treatment – including over 115,000 sight-restoring surgeries. In addition, we supported training opportunities for 315 eye care personnel from countries across the world including Nepal, Ghana, Ethiopia, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Indonesia, Uganda and Tanzania.” 
 
Hawaiian Eye Foundation is grateful for this incredible opportunity to learn from Dr. Tabin, HCP and their local Ethiopian team. This mission gave us a truly global vision of what teamwork and local capacity building can accomplish. We were honored to take part in this Arba Minch Project and look forward to many more collaborations with this incredible organization!

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  • Dr. Tabin Ethiopia 2018

 

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