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Aug. 26, 2022

Feel Good Friday! Five Minutes from Seeing the World: Restoring Sight to the Blind

Feel Good Friday! Five Minutes from Seeing the World: Restoring Sight to the Blind
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In this episode, Steve tells the story of Himalayan Cataract Project. The vast majority of blindness in the world is unnecessary—caused by cataracts, actually, and curable with a five-minute surgery.  High costs kept the surgery out of reach for many millions until Nepalese ophthalmologist, Dr. Sanduk Ruit, saw differently and invented a way to cure blindness for the poor, everywhere. This is the work of the Himalayan Cataract Project—the most inspiring, innovative nonprofit you’ve never heard of.

Two ophthalmologists, Dr. Sanduk Ruit and Dr. Geoff Tabin, started the Himalayan Cataract Project to fulfill their personal goals of eradicating as much unnecessary blindness in their lifetimes as possible.

Drs. Ruit and Tabin have proven that hospital quality standards can be applied in poor areas lacking electricity and clean water. Their inventive approach and dogged perseverance made what 20 years ago was considered impossible – possible. Today HCP reaches the most unreachable patients wherever its services are needed.

Special thanks to Bittersweetmonthly.com for their article "Restoring Sight to the Blind Tens of Thousands of Times and Not Nearly Enough" (written by Editor Kate Schmidgall) featured in this episode.

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