We're the Himalayan Cataract Project, and we're competing in 100&Change, the MacArthur Foundation's $100 million competition to fund a single proposal aimed at solving a critical problem. Our proposal is to eliminate needless blindness in Nepa...
Hello reddit! We're the Himalayan Cataract Project, one of eight organizations competing in the MacArthur Foundation's 100&Change competition for a $100 million grant, and we're here to answer your questions.*
Learn more about the MacArthur Foundation’s competition here:
About our proposal: we are trying to develop and deliver sustainable eye care in Nepal, Ethiopia, and Ghana, creating an adaptable “train the trainer” model that can be replicated and scaled around the world. This is a major issue because 90% of the 39 million blind people in the world live in the developing world, and 80% of global blindness is treatable.
By training community health providers, we will deliver cataract surgery and permanent refractive correction—commonly known as laser surgery— at low cost to more than 500,000 people. Sight-restoring cataract surgeries can be performed for as little as $25.
Studies have shown a 400 percent return on every dollar invested in eliminating blindness. Our project is expected to bring significant gains to the families, communities, and countries involved and to provide a model for curing blindness in the developing world.
We will be on at 1 PM ET to answer your questions. AUA! Our proposal, our team, and more on how we aim to achieve this objective: https://www.macfound.org/press/semifinalist-profile/himalayan-cataract-project/
*Important caveat: This AMA is a public engagement opportunity for you, reddit, to learn more about our proposal. We won’t win the $100 million competition based on this AMA, and there's nobody paying us to do this AMA. We're just taking questions and are thrilled to engage and discuss this very important issue.
EDIT: We're live now, and here to answer your questions about our proposal!
FINAL EDIT: That's it for our AMA, so we'll sign off now. Thanks very much for all of your great questions!