Impossible Dreams – Everest and Eradicating World Blindness

Professor Geoffrey Tabin

Meeting:  2012 RANZCO


Date: 28 Nov 2012


Session Time: 10:30 am - 11:00 am

The 2012 Fred Hollows oration will honor the spirit of Fred Hollows, his joy of mountains and quest to provide high quality eye care to the poorest people of Nepal and throughout the world.

The East Face, of Mount Everest had been considered impossible to climb. The talk will start with the first ascent of our still unrepeated route and the serendipity that led me into medicine, a career in ophthalmology, and to work with Sanduk Ruit, Fred ’ s prot é g é in Nepal.

In 1995 Dr. Ruit and I founded the Himalayan Cataract Project, dedicated to improving world eye care through training and developing infrastructure. ( www.cureblindness.org ). The oration will review where we stand in the fight against the major blinding conditions in our world and discuss how Nepal, the poorest country in South Asia, has been able to develop the best eye care system in the region .The talk will end with our successes in Bhutan and Tibet and our struggle in Africa.