The Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) works to cure needless blindness with the highest quality care at the lowest cost. Since its establishment in 1995, HCP has been committed to overcoming barriers impeding delivery of cataract care to underserved, needlessly blind people in low- and middle-income countries with a focus on providing high-quality care, training local personnel and establishing world-class eye care infrastructure where most needed.
Although 1 in 200 people worldwide are blind, a population the size of California, the reality is that 80 percent of blindness is treatable or preventable. In the developing world, 18 million people are unable to perform the tasks of daily living because of easily treatable cataracts that can be addressed with a 10-minute, $25 surgery.
The effects of blindness are profound, and felt mostly by the poor - lives are shortened, men and women are torn from the labor force and children are robbed of a childhood. Blindness accounts for $49 billion in lost productivity each year in low- and middle-income countries.
You can donate a photo to one cause, once a day.* For every photo donated to the Himalayan Cataract Project, Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. has donated $1 to that cause. Photo donations to the Himalayan Cataract Project ended December 31, 2019. The Himalayan Cataract Project will receive a minimum donation of $25,000.
*unless otherwise specified