Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology recognises that an integral part of helping rural communities tackle blindness is by establishing Community Eye Hospitals.
The Hetauda Community Eye Hospital in Makawanpur district was established with TIO’s support and that of its partner, the Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP).
Local community groups, like Rotary Club, were also behind the project to establish the hospital which opened in January 2007.
Hetauda Community Eye Hospital provides comprehensive quality eye care to the rural communities of Makawanpur and its neighbouring districts in Nepal.
It serves as a training facility for primary health care workers within the hospital’s territories.
Hetauda also helps co-ordinate prevention and elimination of blindness efforts within the government and non-government health networks of Nepal.
TIO believes Hetaunda Community Eye Hospital is considered as a model eye hospital for developing world where 2/3 ophthalmologists can perform 4 to 4.5 thousand surgeries and provide around 75 OPD services to the general public. Also, the hospital helps in enhancing the ophthalmologists’ leadership skills in blindness prevention areas.