Aravind Eye Care System would like to thank our Global Giving donors for their support for restoring eye sight for many children suffering from retinoblastoma or eye cancer. The funds received for the year 2011 were allocated to fund eye surgery and treatment for 44 children covered under the Ring of Hope program in the Madurai area(Tamilnadu -India).
Established in 2004, the Ring of Hope Program helps patients, most often children, who have life- threatening cancers like retinoblastoma. Retinoblastoma is the most common cancer of the eye among children and is responsible for over five percent of the blindness among children in India. With a rate of incidence of one in 15,000 infants, India has one of the largest numbers of retinoblastoma patients in the world. If left untreated, the disease can cause permanent blindness and death. If diagnosed and treated early, children with retinoblastoma have an excellent prognosis. But the treatment is complicated, involving surgery, radiation treatment and multiple cycles of chemotherapy and blood replacement – treatment which is too expensive for most Indian families. Aravind doctors volunteer their time, but your support help us to pay specialists and provide blood replacement and medication.
Under this program Aravind provided free treatment and surgery to all the patients and restored sight for most of these children who would not be able to afford this treatment with our your support.
Dr. V. welcomed change, and was constantly challenging himself and those around him to find new solutions to an old problem – needless blindness.
Friends of Aravind is changing, too, and in the coming months, we will launch our new web site and new name, Aravind Eye Foundation. While we will always be friends, the new name underlines the critical relationship that our supporters have with the people and activities of Aravind Eye Care System in India and around the world. Without your assistance, Aravind would not be able to extend its model of self-sustaining, compassionate care to new areas of development. Change takes some time, so if you are planning to remember Aravind in your year-end giving, please still write checks to Friends of Aravind
Your Donations at Work
Aravind is internationally renowned for its self-sustaining model of compassionate care – no one is turned away on the basis of ability to pay. Your donations make it possible for us to help those who need extensive and long-term treatment and to provide food and housing for patients and their families who must travel many miles to reach an Aravind hospital. Thanks to your generous donations, Aravind Eye Foundation supported the following patient care projects:
Ring of Hope Fund:
Twelve children suffering from devastating eye cancers received treatment at Aravind completely free of cost, including radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and surgery, as well as room and board for the patient and family.
Food for Sight: 2000 camp patients received food during their three-day-stay for free cataract surgery at Aravind hospitals.
Youth Vision Project: 2000 school children in the Pondicherry area were screened for refractive errors and about 600 children have received free spectacles as of September 2010.
Many more children are scheduled to receive free spectacles in the next few months.
Research Fellowships: Two Fellows, who are researching infections and genetic diseases of the eye prevalent in India, received grants to support their work. Their research focuses on identifying possible causes of these various diseases and improved methods of prevention and treatment.Your Donations at Work
For more news about Aravind Eye Care System, please visit the link for the news letter -Journey Towards Light.
Warmest regards, The Board of Aravind Eye Foundation
Aravind is internationally renowned for its self-sustaining model of compassionate care – no one is turned away on the basis of ability to pay. Your donations make it possible for us to help those who need extensive and long-term treatment and to provide food and housing for patients and their families who must travel many miles to reach an Aravind hospital. Thanks to your generous donations, to Aravind Eye Care System supported the following patient care projects:
Ring of Hope Fund: Twelve children suffering from devastating eye cancers received treatment at Aravind completely free of cost, including radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and surgery, as well as room and board for the patient and family.
2 year old Nandhini, was brought to Aravind, when she was unable to open her right eye and had been waking-up crying for last ten days. Nandhini lost her sight in the right eye a year ago, and when the doctors examined her swollen red eye they discovered that the child had developed retinoblastoma in the right eye and the counselor advised the parents that if the eye was not removed, the cancer may spread to other parts and endanger the child’s life itself eventually. So it was inevitable to remove the eye to save the child. After the parents consent the diseased eye was removed Nandhini was treated free of cost with the support of your donations. Now, after 3 cycles of completed chemotherapy Nandhini’s parents are happy that their child’s life is out of danger.
Most Aravind Hospitals and Community Centers are located in different parts of Tamil Nadu, India, with central office in Madurai.