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Sankara Eye Foundation India

Vision care
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Gift vision by sponsoring part cost of a cataract surgery
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Awards & Recognition
Guide Star India Gold status, Leader in Volunteer Engagement, 2nd Highest I-pledger male, Rehabilitation Work for Gujarat Earthquake
Last audited December 2018
Performed 1,41,366 Cataract Surgeries On Poor Senior Citizens
The Mantra behind Shankara is 'Thamasoma Jyothir Gamaya '- Lead us from darkness to Light Sankara Eye Foundation is a US-based non-profit organization that works toward eliminating curable blindness in India. Sankara brings quality timely eye care to the doorsteps of rural India through its award-winning Gift of Vision rural outreach program. Equipped with most modern facilities & knowledgeable dedicated specialists and highly motivated staff, the SEF is committed to clinical excellence, personalized patient care, and best eye care services at all times to all our patients.One of the unique features of the Sankara Eye Hospitals is the self-sustainability model. The hospitals work on 80:20 model where 20% of the paid surgeries fund 80% of the free surgeries. This model ensures that hospitals fund themselves once the self-sufficiency is reached. Today, Sankara is the largest free eye care provider in the world and has performed over 1.5 million free eye surgeries. SEF's mission is to realize the goal of "Vision 20/20 by the year 2020." - perform 1 million free eye surgeries annually by the year 2010.
Leadership R.V. Ramani
Transport expenses incurred to commute to the institution,Cost incurred for providing surgical treatment,Access to basic and specialised healthcare treatments,Cost incurred for detection and treatment of eye conditions
While cataract can be treated with a simple surgery. evidence suggests that lack of money is a major barrier to the uptake of cataract surgery among the poor. 60% of the poor who are affected by cataract turn blind due to financial constraints. Poverty deprives them of access to healthcare and bad health deprives them of an income. Sankara Eye Foundation attempts to provide free cataract surgeries. This program runs in rural areas around Bangalore in different states. Majority of the patients in this program are underprivileged adults who come from rural areas about 250 kms away from the hospital. They are identified through eye-camps and selected for surgery after required preoperative tests. The program provides them with free surgery and treatment for three days, spectacles, stay, food and transport to the villages.Support this program to sponsor a cataract surgery and save a patient from going blind forever.

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