Give the Gift of Sight to the poor in India

by Aravind Eye Foundation
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Give the Gift of Sight to the poor in India
Give the Gift of Sight to the poor in India
Give the Gift of Sight to the poor in India
Give the Gift of Sight to the poor in India
Give the Gift of Sight to the poor in India
Give the Gift of Sight to the poor in India
Give the Gift of Sight to the poor in India
Give the Gift of Sight to the poor in India
Give the Gift of Sight to the poor in India
Give the Gift of Sight to the poor in India
Give the Gift of Sight to the poor in India
Give the Gift of Sight to the poor in India
Give the Gift of Sight to the poor in India
Give the Gift of Sight to the poor in India
Give the Gift of Sight to the poor in India
Give the Gift of Sight to the poor in India
Give the Gift of Sight to the poor in India
Give the Gift of Sight to the poor in India
Give the Gift of Sight to the poor in India
Give the Gift of Sight to the poor in India
Give the Gift of Sight to the poor in India
Give the Gift of Sight to the poor in India
Give the Gift of Sight to the poor in India
Give the Gift of Sight to the poor in India
Give the Gift of Sight to the poor in India
Give the Gift of Sight to the poor in India
Give the Gift of Sight to the poor in India
Give the Gift of Sight to the poor in India

With the help of Global giving and the genorisity of the donors we received $12,000 this year. these funds have been directed to the Ring of Hope Fund which is used mainly to treat patients suffering from life threatening eye cancers and tumors. These donations are either used for subsidized or free treatment of the under privileged people who are unable to pay. Every year Aravind treats approximately 100 new patients &150 review patients who otherwise would have been unable to access crucial medical care. These cancer patients need at least 6 chemotherapy cycles after the surgery. Hence the donations received from global giving helped us treat about 25 such patients including new and review cases.

You can also click on the link below to read the 2007 - 2008 Annual report for Aravind eye care system (AECS). The performance section of the report shows the statistics of the Surgeries performed by AECS for the Fiscal Year 2007 -2008.

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The $9,000 received in donations from GlobalGiving has been directed to the Ring of Hope Fund which is used mainly to treat patients suffering from life threatening eye cancers and tumors. (Please see the link below for more information and photos) These donations are either used for subsidized or free treatment of the under privileged people who are unable to pay. Since 2005 Aravind has helped serve 96 such patients who otherwise would have been unable to access crucial medical care. Approx. 10% of these patients were treated with the donations received from GlobalGiving.

You can also click below to read the 2006 - 2007 Annual report for Aravind eye care system (AECS). The performance section of the report shows the statistics of the Surgeries performed by AECS for the Fiscal Year 2006 -2007.

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Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy, founder and chairman of Aravind Eye Care System, passed away due to lung failure on July 7th at the age of 88. Dr. V, as he was affectionately addressed, had been unwell for months and succumbed to his illness on Friday afternoon.

Dr. Venkataswamy overcame great adversity to become a renowned ophthalmologist and ended up revolutionizing the field of eye care. He discovered techniques that lowered the cost of each operation to almost $10, allowing the Aravind Hospitals to treat up to 70% of the patients for little or no money.

Besides being an illustrious surgeon, Dr. Venkataswamy touched the lives of those around him with his compassion and humility. He is reported as being “a leader to the soul” and “a global citizen”.

Dr. Venkataswamy’s body was cremated on Saturday afternoon in Madurai, India, where he first founded the Aravind system. Aravind Eye Hospitals will continue be led by Dr. Nam and Dr. Natchiar, who stepped into the leadership role several years ago. Dr. Venkataswamy leaves behind two brothers, a sister, nephews, nieces and many members of the extended Aravind family.

For more information about Dr. Venkataswamy and the Aravind system, follow the links below.

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Aravind Eye Foundation

Location: New York - USA
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Project Leader:
Chitra Prasad
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Madurai, Tamil Nadu India
$82,980 raised of $250,000 goal
 
1,137 donations
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