Introduction :
India is home to the world's largest number of blind people. Of the 37 million people across the globe who are blind, over 15 million are from India. About 75% of these are cases of avoidable blindness, mostly those suffering from Cataracts (IOL) and Refractive errors.

While India needs 40,000 optometrists, it has only 8000. On the other hand, while India needs 2.5 lakh donated eyes every year, the country's 109 eye banks (5 in Delhi) manage to collect a maximum of just 25,000 eyes, 30% of which can't be used. There are also no regulatory laws to control the practice of optometry even though refractive error is one of the leading causes of blindness.

Objectives of Mission Vision

  • To provide affordable high quality eye care facility to the poor and the needy.
  • To provide eye hospitals where there are no hospitals nearby and/or the existing hospital does not have the capacity to accommodate further patients.
  • To reach the project objective of providing eye-care nationally throughout India so that no person should have to travel more than 10 km. to access an eye hospital.
  • To provide strategic financing which would allow the eye hospitals to run on the cross subsidy concept which enables the hospital to charge patients who can afford to pay and subsidize the treatment cost for those who do not have the ability to pay.
  • To develop a national program whereby the project will be launched first in Eastern India in the states of West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand etc. and further sites will be developed across India.
  • Swayam & Saheli Centres

Steps for setting up of eye hospital

  • STEP 1 : Request to come from Local Club.
  • STEP 2 : Sending of Term Sheet to local RC.
  • STEP 3 : Signing of Term Sheet by RC & RIHF.
  • STEP 4 : Feasibility Study by RIHF/tech. Partner team.
  • STEP 5 : Set up of the building for the hospital (ensure that it is according to plan given by RIHF, is ready to install equipment and start the hospital).
  • STEP 6 : Formation of the trust.
  • STEP 7 : Global grant application to be made, money to be received from TRF.
  • STEP 8 : Equipments to be ordered by RC.
  • STEP 9 : Staff interviews & selection to be made.
  • STEP 10 : MoU to be signed by Techinal Collaborator with RIHF.
  • STEP 11 : Technical Partner’s take over.

Baby Sapna came to Kolkata from Pakistan to get operated. She is just 4 years old and needs VSD surgery.

Baby Sapna, was operated successfully on 24.11.15 and shifted to ITU for recovery.

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