Ethiopia has one of the highest national burdens of blindness in the world, with an estimated 800,000 backlog of people with cataract blindness. Only 70,000 Ethiopians receive cataract surgery each year, leaving hundreds of thousands waiting for care.
Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) works to end needless and preventable blindness in under-resourced countries like Ethiopia by providing sight-restoring surgeries, training eye care professionals to work in their local communities, and providing equipment and supplies to new eye care centers.
To better respond to the need for eye care in Ethiopia, HCP is building the Bahir Dar Specialty Eye Center in the country’s Amhara region.
The Center will:
--Provide 45,500 cataract surgeries and 254,500 eye examinations in its first five years of operations.
--Serve patients who cannot afford surgery by offering fully subsidized care.
--Provide over 115 training opportunities to regional ophthalmic eye care professionals.
--Create a sustainable, scalable, and replicable model to alleviate the backlog of preventable blindness in Ethiopia and beyond.
Dr. Matt Oliva, HCP's Country Lead in Ethiopia, has stepped forward to help make the Bahir Dar Specialty Eye Center a reality. Matt will match 1:1 every dollar up to $100,000 contributed to the project.
Your gift, matched by Dr. Oliva, will create meaningful change in the lives of thousands, and will radically change the arc of needless and preventable blindness in Ethiopia. All gifts are tax-deductible.
Thank you for your gift to the Bahir Dar Specialty Eye Center!