100&Change: 2020

Gift of Sight on Wheels: Fights Blindness in India

Ensuring quality eye care in the form of cataract surgeries made available in the remote and relatively inaccessible areas of India at doorstep

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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
100&Change: 2020
Current Work Location
  • State of Jharkhand, India
  • State of Tamil Nādu, India
Proposed Work Locations:
  • State of West Bengal, India
  • State of Andhra Pradesh, India
Priority Populations:
  • Economically disadvantaged people
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 3. Good health and well-being

Executive Summary:

Globally, India has the highest blind population in the world, of which 18 million is preventable blindness due to cataract. Lack of eye care in remote villages and tribal areas of India, led Sankara Nethralaya and Indian Institute of Technology Madras, to design – Mobile Eye Surgical Unit. This consists of two buses with a connecting vestibule, that can travel to any location and is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, in order to function as a self sufficient sterile operation theatre in which cataract surgeries are performed free of cost. Through this system, a rural, isolated and far-flung population of over 800 million shall therefore have to access quality eye care at their doorstep

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Sankara Nethralaya

website: http://www.sankaranethralaya.org
Organization Headquarters
State of Tamil Nādu, India
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
$10 to $49 Million
Number of Full-time Employees
500 to 1,000

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