The picturesque nation of Nepal is home to 29.1 million people and as of 2022, nearly 4% of the population suffers from some form of visual impairment.
Many districts are tucked away in mountainous terrains, making travel and access to healthcare a challenge for many communities across the nation.
Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia bordered by India and China. For centuries, it has been an important cultural and spiritual centre for Hinduism and Buddhism.
The nations rich history and religious traditions have made it an important destination for tourists and spiritual seekers alike.
Its recent political developments have opened up new opportunities for economic growth, while also preserving its unique culture and heritage.
BLINDNESS IN NEPAL
- 0.32% of the population suffer with some form of blindness
- 1,230,162 people have moderate to severe visual impairments
- There are only 8.4 ophthalmologists per 1 million people
- Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness Nepal
THE TEJ KOHLI & RUIT FOUNDATION IN NEPAL
We began our journey in Nepal in March of 2021 at the birthplace of the Buddha in Lumbini. It was here the Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation began screening and curing people of needless cataract blindness.
It was at this first camp where we screened 947 people and cured 312 people of cataract blindness.
Since this first camp, the Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation has gone onto screen 172,649 and cure 21,972 in Nepal alone.
Our work in the country has become the blueprint for all our future missions. Working with our co-founder Dr Ruit and teams from various partner hospitals across the country we have been able to create a lasting legacy of social and economic change.