Our Work in Nepal
In 2016, we expanded our Hospital-Based Community Eye Health Program into Nepal.
We first worked in Nepal in 1973, when we established the Nepal Eye Hospital in Katmandu, the country’s first full-fledged eye hospital. Before leaving the country, we played an instrumental role in establishing and/or strengthening five other eye hospitals in Nepal.
After leaving to focus our blindness prevention programs in more urgently needed areas, our support was requested again. Today, we partner with Nepal Eye Hospital and Fateh-Bal Eye Hospital in Nepalgunj.
A third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2022 meant we had to delay some of our planned program launches and community outreach activities. It also prevented many patients from seeking care at our vision centres and partner hospitals. Our teams in Nepal took necessary preventive steps in the community and worked with our partner hospitals to enhance their infection prevention and control activities.
Through these mitigation measures, by spring 2022, we were able to successfully conduct door-to-door screenings in Nepali communities again, as well as encourage patients requiring treatment for eye conditions to visit a vision centre or hospital.
In 2022, we established two new Vision Centres in the community.
Pairs of eyeglasses dispensed
People screened through door-to-door surveys
Students screened through school eye health programs
Learn more about our work in Nepal in 2022.
Success stories from Nepal
Our current priorities in Nepal
- Health system strengthening
- Hospital improvement
- Community health projects, including door-to-door screenings
How can you help
Contact us today to learn more about philanthropy opportunities in Nepal.