Nubri Eye Clinic

At the end of May 2019 a team of ophthalmologists under the guidance of Dr Ruit of the Tilganga Ophthalmological Institute came to Nubri Valley to provide free eye clinics throughout the valley and cataract surgery for those in need through the generous award of a University of Hong Kong Knowledge Exchange grant to Dr Donohue. Nearly 500 patients were seen during the eye clinics and more than fifty villagers had cataracts removed at the surgical camp, some patients requiring bilateral cataract removal. Restoring vision is a real boost for the community which relies largely on subsistence farming. We are all grateful for the support of Tilganga for joining this project, which also provided a unique opportunity to hold focus groups for discussing possible writing systems in Nubri, a necessary step towards language maintenance and improved literacy, as part of the Nubri Language Project.

Click here for a selection of photos from the clinics that took place in the last two weeks of May 2019.

A selection of photos of the valley and the clinics were on show in the Run Run Shaw Tower and are available for viewing here. 

We have made the news!

English language: Mirage News, and a feature article in the South China Morning Post.

Chinese language: Ming Pao, Oriental Daily, Lion Rock Daily, HKEJ,, Ming Sheng Bao, Line Today and feature articles in the HK Economic Journal and Sing Tao Daily.

HKU’s Annual Review for 2019 also mentioned the Nubri project!

The eye clinic was a collaborative effort between the University of Hong Kong and Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology.