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4 institutions from Nepal win the 2013 edition of the António Champalimaud Vision Award
Date:9/4/2013

Lisbon, September 4th 2013 The 2013 Antnio Champalimaud Vision Award recognises the humanitarian and clinical work of four Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) from Nepal. These institutions have fought for a long time against the grave problem of vision disorders in a country where this issue are a social catastrophe.

Nepal is a country which faces huge social challenges, among which is the suffering caused by eyesight disorders and blindness.

The first programme to combat eyesight disorders was launched in the early 80's, after a pioneering study was carried out that highlighted the scale of the problem. A plan to combat blindness was duly created and, with the extraordinary efforts of the four institutions recognised here, has now been running for more than two decades.

The 2013 Antnio Champalimaud Vision Award will help to continue the outstanding work carried out by these four institutions, helping to create and develop programmes to train up technicians who might subsequently operate on cataracts, which are responsible for more than 70% of the cases of blindness, and so make a critical contribution towards eliminating avoidable blindness in Nepal.

About the Winners

The Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology serves the Kathmandu Valley region and also populations that live in remote and mountainous regions of Nepal. Created in 1992 to carry out the Nepal Eye Programme, Tilganga's aim was to be a model for investigation, treatment and the training of professionals in the area of the prevention and treatment of eyesight problems. It currently has a clinic that can provide the most advanced services to ophthalmologic patients; it has an education and training department; a unit which manages the various centres and small clinics scattered among the rural community of Nepal and neighbouring countries; an ophthalmologic bank to provide corneas for transplant and to make the population aware of the need for donors; a factory of mat
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Contact: Vitor Cunha
vcunha@jlma.pt
Champalimaud Foundation
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