Fieldwork

RIDLEY EYE FOUNDATION

Fieldwork dating back 80 years

The tradition of fieldwork dates back to Sir Harold Ridley’s posting to Ghana in 1941, when his field research in Funsi led to a better understanding and ultimate cure of Ocular Onchocerciasis or River blindness that affected 90% of the rural population of West Africa.

Further wartime assignments to India and Burma led to research into nutritional amblyopia amongst returning Allied prisoners of war. Ridley used multivitamin therapy, returned them to a normal diet and then noted improvement in the prisoners’ condition. The Burma theatre of war permitted the first large population study of individuals with nutritional amblyopia: a total of over 500 within his region of whom about 200 he personally examined and treated. The Foundation has continued to work internationally in many remote or difficult environments including:

Africa

Ghana

 

Ethiopia

The Gondar Hospital 2017-18

Egypt

The Harpur Memorial Hospital 2012-2018

The Middle East

Palestine

Sheik Jarrah, East Jerusalem, Anabta, and Hebron 2006-2009

Yemen

Ras Morbat Clinic, Aden 2000-2011

Gaza

The St John’s Clinic in Gaza City 2018

Asia

India

Gujarat 2017-2018

Nepal – Kathmandu Valley

Kirtipur and Dhulikhel Hospitals 2019 to date

 

 

REF NEPAL

Our mission in Nepal is to to fund small incision cataract surgery to those in need in remote areas above 2000 meters (6,500ft). 

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