India accounts to about15 million people who are blind of which 1 million are children, 80% of which is curable, cataract being the leading cause. Cataract can be cured through a simple, low cost surgery. Yet so many needlessly suffer from blindness.
Blindness is a manifestation of poverty; the poor people cannot afford surgery, their inadequate diets contribute to poor eye health and often live in rural areas with little or no access to healthcare. Having lost their vision, they inevitably lose their livelihood and their ability to support their family, driving them deeper into poverty.
We believe that no-one should be blind due to cataract and works with a number of professional organisations to eliminate blindness in India.