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Manekharka Health Center

Due to the remoteness, the current political conflict, lack of health awareness, social and cultural causes and economic poverty of Sindhuplachok district have long serious shortfalls in the delivery of health services

Health Camps are a health service, provided by a doctor away from their primary location. It is a frequently used method of delivering eye healthcare unreached in Nepal.

Panchpokhari Thangpal is a rural municipality located in Sindhupalchok district of Bagmati Province of Nepal


elevation above sea level


total number of patients screened


patients screened had cataracts


patients were women


Average age of clinic patient

Stories from Kirtipur

At only 40 years of age this patient had developed cataracts in both eyes and was effectively blind. After surgery she was excited to have the operation on her left eye.

Purna has returned to an eye camp, having had his right eye operated on previously, he was developing cataracts in the left eye and needed a general check-up for overall eye health.

Meera came by motorbike to the camp at the request of her daughter-in-law. After her check-up she was found to have cataracts in her left eye. 5 Years ago Meera had visited an eye camp, and received cataract surgery on her right eye.


Meet the men and women changing lives.

Kirtipur Eye Hospital

Dr Binita Sharma, Director of Kirtipur Eye Hospital.
“I believe it is in the heart of the community that we need to reach – where there are patients who do not realize that their blinding condition is treatable”

Dr Binita has been at Kirtipur Eye Hospital for more than 5 years. Working both at a clinical level, and educating the future ophthalmologists of Nepal, she is at the forefront of eye-care and health in Nepal. With a strong passion for community and communication, Dr. Binita works to expand the reach of Kirtipur and bring eye health to those most in need.

Angira Shrestha

Dhulikhel Community Hospital

Dr Angira Shrestha, Registrar, Department of Ophthalmology
“I was fortunate to work in the newly established department of ophthalmology at Dhulikhel Hospital in 2006 as a medical officer. That helped me gain an in-depth understanding of the need and scope of the field of eye care in Nepal”

Dr Angira has extensive experience at Eye Hospitals across Nepal. Upon completing her residency at ONAMS, and after a directorship at a hospital in Hetauda she travelled to the United States to work with Dr. Russel Van Gelder researching and advancing eye treatment and care. Upon returning to Nepal, Dr. Angira has been working with Dhulikhel for more than 4 years expanding the rural eye programs, surgical programs alongside education and training improvements. 

Himalayan Eye Hospital, Pokhara

Professor Eliya Shrestha, Medical Director, HEI
“Being an Ophthalmologist and working as a Medical Director in Himalaya Eye Hospital has been a  great honour to me. It is very satisfying to see blind people smiling after regaining their sight through surgery. It is my great privilege to serve the needy blind people.”

Dr. Eilya has been  with the team at HEI for nearly 15 years. After graduating in Bangladesh she worked at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu. In 2009 she participated in a fellowship at LVPEI, India.  In 2013 Eliya had a Fellowship in Ocular oncology at Wills Eye Hospital in the USA. She has since routinely published in her field and is a lifetime member of both the Nepalese and Indian Ophthalmic Societies.

Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh (NNJS)

The NNJS is a non-profit making, non-governmental, welfare oriented social organisation to represent the Government of Nepal and the Social Welfare Council of Nepal in the sphere of eye care activities. It oversees implementation of the governments national eye care programme. It currently has 21 hospitals and 126 eye care clinics within its portfolio making the largest non-governmental ophthalmic welfare organisation in Nepal. REF, after working in collaboration with NNJS since 2019, established a formal Memorandum of Understanding with NNJS in May 2022.