Myanmar: Strengthening Eye Care Services and Training
The Himalayan Cataract Project began working in Myanmar in 2014 when HCP co-founder, Dr. Sanduk Ruit, was invited by the Government of Myanmar to strenghten the country's ophthalmic services through training, direct service, and infrastructure support. HCP secured USAID funding to upgrade the Yangon Eye Hospital with much needed equipment and building repairs. HCP also has been working with the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TIO) to provide subspecialty training fellowships to Myanmar ophthalmologists and hands-on training opportunities through high volume cataract and cornea campaigns.
In 2016, TIO staff led 2 HCP-supported outreach events, at Yangon Hospital and the Phyu area, resulting in 542 cataract surgeries. Additionally, we supported an ophthalmologist from Yangon Hospital to pursue hands-on training at TIO and a two week retina observership at the John A. Moran Eye Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Since this doctor completed her fellowship training and returned to YEH, the retina surgical service increased by almost 25% between 2016 and 2015. HCP also played a role in the development of a National Eye Plan, the first of its kind in Myanmar. HCP plans to continue our work in Myanmar with the help of our partners at TIO.