Restore Eyesight to 2000 Villagers in India

by ICARE Eye Hospital & Postgraduate Institute (unit of Ishwar Charitable Trust)
Restore Eyesight to 2000 Villagers in India
Restore Eyesight to 2000 Villagers in India
Restore Eyesight to 2000 Villagers in India
Restore Eyesight to 2000 Villagers in India
Restore Eyesight to 2000 Villagers in India
Restore Eyesight to 2000 Villagers in India

ICARE Eye Hospital an Unit of Ishwar Charitable Trust (ICT) was established in 1982 with an aim to providing quality ophthalmic care to all sections of the community particularly the rural poor. ICARE Eye Hospital & Post Graduate Institute a unit of ICT was established in 1993.ICARE provides free of cost, eye care services to rural/urban underprivileged communities in a 200 KM radius from NOIDA, for the last 26 years through its Rural Outreach Programme.

ICARE’S ACHIEVEMENT OVER THE 29 YEARS

The hospital has screened 41.81 lakhs and restored eye sight of 3.27 lakhs patients. Out of these total numbers almost 65 percent of work is for Charity. In the FY 20-21, ICARE examined over 1,20,000 screenings and performed more than 14,000 surgeries of which over 7,800 (nearly 55%) were charitable in nature, making it an organization with the largest proportion of charity compared to any other ophthalmic non government hospitals. “The free surgeries were achieved with the help of revenue generated from the surplus generated from our paid wing and help received from individuals, corporate, NGOs and other well wishers”.

COVID -19 PANDEMIC

To address the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic, ICARE is now prepared for a tectonic shift. The new normal brings new challenges, new work patterns and an opportunity to reflect on our practices. We have enhanced our working with Clinical & Non clinical training, occupational health& safety protocols, in line with available International National Guidelines. Inspite of these changes we currently face enormous financial challenges in continuing our present Work.

We are looking forward to donors who can support ICARE's mission of providing moern opthalmic care to the dperived sections to lead a productive life.

 

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Eye Screening through Slit Lamp
Eye Screening through Slit Lamp

MISSION

ICARE Eye Hospital is committed to provide comprehensive quality ophthalmic services of international standards to all sections of society.

 BACKGROUND

Ishwar Charitable Trust (ICT) was established in 1982 with an aim to providing quality ophthalmic care to all sections of the community particularly the rural poor. ICARE Eye Hospital & Post Graduate Institute a unit of ICT was established in 1993.ICARE provides free of cost, eye care services to rural/urban underprivileged communities in a 200 KM radius from NOIDA, for the last 26 years through its Rural Outreach Programme. Using a hub and spoke model – screening and collecting patients requiring surgery from remote Rural Peripheral Centres (RPC’s) and urban slums, bringing them to our base hospital (in NOIDA, Dadri, Khurja, Greater NOIDA & Sawai Madhopur), to provide them, high quality diagnostic, surgical, post operative care, this entails; three days stay and transportation to and from the hospital at no charge to the patients.

ICARE’S ACHIEVEMENT OVER THE 26 YEARS

To date we have examined and treated over 40,70,000 & restored Eye sight of more than 3,13,000 patients. Out of these total numbers, 65% of our work is charitable in nature. In FY 19-20, ICARE had screened over 2,91,000 patients and performed 24900 surgeries of which over 16,700( 67%) were free of cost. We are proudly, an organization with the largest proportion of charity work, compared to any other ophthalmic non government hospitals.

UNLOCK - THE NEW NORMAL- AMIDST COVID -19 PANDEMIC

The Corona Virus pandemic has brought life to a standstill all over the world. The worst affected are the lower socio-economic strata of society, daily-wage earners, migrant workers, homeless and the poor elders. These needy people continuously face enormous challenges for healthcare in terms of availability, accessibility and affordability. ICARE has made administrational and operational changes to reach out to as many patients in need as possible.

PERFORMANCE OF ICARE FROM MAY 2020 – DECEMBER 2020

The repercussion of COVID-19 virus has had a very significant impact on ophthalmology in India and it is an opportunity for us to reinvent the ways we have been working over the years. We have worked on increasing the efficiencies and reducing administrative, so that we can reach more beneficiaries with limited resources.

ICARE has started mobilizing beneficiaries from Vision Centres to the Base and Secondary Centres for the treatment and surgical intervention. Vision Centres serve as the first level of response and care for patients. By responding to primary eye care needs at the Vision Centres, the staff identifies patients who need cataract surgery and other sight saving services. They focus on cases that are more serious and which cannot be treated with a simple intervention. The Vision Centre team organizes the patients' referrals to the hospital, reaching out to family members in the community, arranging transportation to the hospital, and systematically removing the barriers that kept the patient from receiving surgery. The combined effort of both the Vision Centres and the base or referral hospital reduces the load of visual disability in the community.

Vishal's going through detailed eye check up
Vishal's going through detailed eye check up
Operated patients resting after surgery
Operated patients resting after surgery
Eye test through Auto-Refractometer
Eye test through Auto-Refractometer
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Problem Statement

India with 29 states and seven union territories, has a combined population of a little more than one billion and represents about one-sixth of the world's population. India has more blind people than any other country in the world. Of the 45 million blind people worldwide, Indian citizens number 12 million, 1 million of whom are children. India carries a significant proportion of the world's blindness and visual impairment, with nearly 6.7 million blind people. Considering the fact that almost 70 percent of blindness is curable, these numbers speak volumes for the poor infrastructure and facilities available in the eye care sector in the county, leading to a very large un-served population.

The loss of productivity, as a result, is huge for India – the cost of blindness in the county equals US$ 3 billion annually. The situation in North India in general and Uttar Pradesh in particular is even more dismal. The state has a 1.15 percent prevalence of blindness. A closer look at the causes for this high rate of blindness - cataract (73 percent); refractive errors (9 percent); glaucoma (8 percent); corneal opacity (1 percent); surgical complications (2 percent); others (8 percent) – clearly indicates that with adequate eye care facilities and infrastructure this blindness is preventable and curable and will add considerable amount of GDP to the country, by restoring vision of preventable blindness of the country.

MISSION

ICARE Eye Hospital is committed to provide comprehensive quality ophthalmic services of international standards to all sections of society.

BACKGROUND

Ishwar Charitable Trust was established in 1982 with an aim to providing quality ophthalmic care to all sections of the community particularly the rural poor. ICARE Eye Hospital & Post Graduate Institute an unit of Ishwar Charitable Trust was established in 1993. ICARE has been providing free of cost, eye care services to rural/urban underprivileged communities within a 200 KM radius of NOIDA, for the last 26 years through its Rural Outreach Programme. Using a hub and s1poke model – screening and collecting patients requiring surgery from remote Rural Peripheral Centres (RPC’s) and urban slums, bringing them to our base hospital (in NOIDA & Greater NOIDA), to provide them, high quality diagnostic, surgical, post operative care, this entails; three days stay and transportation to and from the hospital at no charge to the patients.

ICARE’S ACHIEVEMENT OVER THE 26 YEARS

To date we have examined and treated over 40,70,000 and restored eye sight of more than 3,13,000 patients. Out of these total numbers almost 65% of our work were charitable in nature. . In FY 19-20, ICARE had screened over 2,91,000 patients and performed 24900 surgeries of which over 16,700(nearly 67%) were free of cost. We are proudly, an organization with the largest proportion of charity work, compared to any other ophthalmic non government hospitals.

UNLOCK - THE NEW NORMAL living with CoVID-19

The Corona Virus pandemic has brought life to a standstill all over the world.The worst affected are the lower socio -economic strata of society, daily-wage earners, migrant workers, and the homeless. These needy people are continuously facing enormous challenges for healthcare in terms of availability, accessibility and affordability.

To address this challenge, ICARE is now prepared for a tectonic shift. The new normal brings new challenges, new work patterns and an opportunity to reflect on our practices. We have enhanced our working with Clinical & Non clinical training, occupational health safety protocols, in line with available International & National Guidelines. ICARE now seeks the generous support of partners who have been pillars of our Community Work over the past 26 years for continued support in the future endeavours. 

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Problem Statement

India, with 29 states and seven union territories, has a combined population of a little more than one billion and represents about one-sixth of the world's population. India has more blind people than any other country in the world. Of the 45 million blind people worldwide, Indian citizens number 12 million, 1 million of whom are children. India carries a significant proportion of the world's blindness and visual impairment, with nearly 6.7 million blind people.

Considering the fact that almost 70 percent of blindness is curable, these numbers speak volumes for the poor infrastructure and facilities available in the eye care sector in the county, leading to a very large un-served population. The loss of productivity, as a result, is huge for India – the cost of blindness in the county equals US$ 3 billion annually. The situation in North India in general and Uttar Pradesh in particular is even more dismal. The state has a 1.15 percent prevalence of blindness. A closer look at the causes for this high rate of blindness - cataract (73 percent); refractive errors (9 percent); glaucoma (8 percent); corneal opacity (1 percent); surgical complications (2 percent); others (8 percent) – clearly indicates that with adequate eye care facilities and infrastructure this blindness is preventable and curable and will add considerable amount of GDP to the country, by restoring vision of preventable blindness of the country.

To address this huge gap in ophthalmic services for the poor, Ishwar Charitable Trust (ICT) was established in 1982 by Dr. Sushil Choudhry in the name of his Late. Mother Smt. Ishwar Choudhry. ICARE Eye Hospital was established in 1993 in Noida under the ICT for providing free of cost eye care services to rural/urban underprivileged communities in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Barriers prevent both women and men from receiving surgery and they are often more problematic for women. They include:

  • Cost of surgery: Women often have less access to family financial resources to pay for eye care or transportation to reach services.
  • Inability to travel to a surgical facility: Have fewer options for travel than men. Older women may require assistance, which poor families cannot provide.
  • Differences in the perceived value of surgery: Cataract is often viewed as an inevitable consequence of ageing and women are less likely to have social support in a family to seek care.
  • Lack of access to information and resources: Female literacy is often lower than male, especially among the elderly. Women are less likely to know about the possibility of treatment for eye disease or where to go to receive it.

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ndia has the largest population of blind people in the world. That’s over 8 million people. Most of them live in the poorest parts of the country with little or no access to even basic health care facilities.

But did you know that 75 per cent of them could have been prevented from going blind if they had received timely treatment? But poverty – which is both a cause and effect of blindness – can be very hard to break out of, especially in the rural areas where most blind people live.

Promoting eye health in India
Preventing blindness increases access to education, employment and prosperity, and enables greater participation in civil, social and political life. Below are some of the eye conditions we help overcome to promote eye health and restore sight.

Cataracts

Refractive error

Glaucoma

ICARE Eye Hospital & Post Graduate Institute , a unit of Ishwar Charitable Trust has been providing free  of cost eye care services to rural/urban underprivileged communities in the National Capital Region (NCR) for the last 25 years. ICARE provides eye services by conducting eye screening camps for populations in villages/ slums and performing eye surgeries for patients with curable blindness. We provide free of cost surgical services to over 15,600 patients and screening services to over 150,000 patients from the underprivileged community per annum.

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ICARE Eye Hospital & Postgraduate Institute (unit of Ishwar Charitable Trust)

Location: Noida, India, Uttar Pradesh - India
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Tripti Pal
Noida, India, Uttar Pradesh India
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