Himalyan Cataract Project (HCP)
P.O. Box 55
Waterbury, VT 05676
An estimated 39 million people suffer from blindness worldwide, with 90% living in developing countries having little or no access to eye care. About half of these sight problems are caused by cataracts. In many of these cases, vision can be easily and permanently restored with a surgical procedure that takes less than 10 minutes and costs only $25 in materials.
HCP works to eradicate preventable and curable blindness through high-quality ophthalmic care, education, and the establishment of a world-class infrastructure.
Since their founding in 1995 and through April 2017, HCP and its partners have trained over 10,500 ophthalmic professionals from 43 countries. They have supported surgical campaigns in 17 countries in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, providing basic eye exams and screenings for over 6 million people, resulting in over 813,000 sight-restoring surgeries. This resulted to a 70% reduction in Nepal alone — along with the prospect of major reductions in the other countries served by HCP.
On April 16, 2017, CBS 60 Minutes had a special segment about what the Himalayan Cataract Project is doing in Myanmar Republic.