100&Change: 2021

Himalayan Cataract Project, Inc.

Cure Blindness, Create Sustainable Eyecare Systems - A Global Model

HCP|CureBlindness will restore sight to over 500,000 people in Africa and Asia, and scale its proven eyecare systems to reverse needless blindness worldwide.

Submitted: August 2019
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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
100&Change: 2021
Current Work Location(s):
  • Thimphu Dzongkhag, Bhutan
  • State of Karnātaka, India
  • Ashanti Region, Ghana
  • Madhyamanchal, Nepal
  • Amhara Region, Ethiopia
  • Amhara Region, Ethiopia
  • Ashanti Region, Ghana
  • Madhyamanchal, Nepal
  • State of Karnātaka, India
Priority Population(s):
  • People of African descent
  • Low-income people
  • People with vision impairments
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 1. No poverty
  • 3. Good health and well-being
  • 4. Quality education
  • 8. Decent work and economic growth
  • 17. Partnerships for the goals

Executive Summary

Blindness isolates people from their world, leads to premature death, and burdens 2 ½ caretakers for each blind individual. Today over 36 million people are blind and the leading cause - cataracts - can be cured with a $25, 10-minute operation, restoring independence and dignity. HCP|CureBlindness has been working for 24 years in over 20 countries, and we’ve proven that needless blindness can be solved. Training, infrastructure, and programs are the hallmarks of our work. Each year we cure tens of thousands of people with our proven, validated, and published model. Working with ministries of health and other NGOs, we successfully reduced blindness by 2/3 in Nepal and are on track to do the same in Ghana and Ethiopia. Our organization is scaling rapidly with a committed board, quality systems, expanding staff, robust programs, and innovative public-private partnerships. This grant will cure 500,000 people and scale our sustainable systems.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Himalayan Cataract Project, Inc.

website: http://www.cureblindness.org
Organization Headquarters
Washington County, Vermont, United States
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
$10 to $49 Million
Number of Full-time Employees
< 50

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