The purpose of the Ridley Eye Foundation (REF) is to support small incision cataract eye surgery to the most needy of the Developing World. For over 50 years the Ridley Eye Foundation has been supporting cataract surgery in West Africa, Eastern Europe, The Americas, India, Yemen, and Egypt. Our current geographic focus is Nepal where we have already established the Ridley Eye Foundation Nepal (REFN), and which is providing funds for locally organised medical camps to deliver cataract surgery in the remote areas above 2000m.
Having provided support to ophthalmic centres in Yemen, Egypt, and India, the REF is now seeking to develop additional capacity in Nepal. The determining criteria for Nepal are relative political stability; an increasingly developed medical infrastructure; good statistical data; reliable epidemiological research; but limited resource and capacity to service the remote regions of Nepal where the incidence of blindness is increasing.
The Covid pandemic has seriously impacted the timeline and the implementation of this strategy. Nevertheless we are currently funding cataract surgery in Community Clinics in the Kathmandu Valley and the North East Highlands.