Delivering Eye Care In Rural Nepal
The World Health Organization estimates that 80 percent of people living in low income countries suffer from blindness and other eye conditions that can be prevented.
The Tilanga Institute of Opthalmology, based in Kathmandu, Nepal, works to counter that. Doctors run mobile health clinics in rural areas and have developed low cost and low tech methods for making artificial lenses and removing cataracts.
Dr. Suman Thapa is director of glaucoma services and research at Tilanga. He joins us to talk about his research and the work the organization is doing to provide eye care in Nepal’s rural communities.