Ever imagined being blind and living a life of isolation purely because of circumstance. It’s almost unthinkable, yet millions of people around the world are suffering from this exact fate.
Blindness is an underlying cause of poverty and hunger in developing countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that of the world’s 36 million blind people:
- 89% live in developing countries
- More than 75% of the cases are avoidable or treatable
- Over a third are blind because of cataracts
- The number of blind people worldwide is expected to triple by 2050
What Exactly Is Avoidable Blindness?
In developing countries, 4 out of 5 people who are blind don’t need to be. Eye diseases like cataract, trachoma and diabetic retinopathy can lead to blindness when, in fact they’re either treatable or preventable.
The reason people live with blindness is that they can’t access quality eye health care. In many cases, a straightforward 20-minute operation can restore sight or a dose of antibiotics can prevent blindness.
So many millions of people are blind simply because they live in poverty. The incredible injustice of this is the driving force behind our work.
What We Do
Our work is about achieving two things: providing long-term sustainable eye health care and ending avoidable blindness.
In partnership with a number of Social workers, NGOs and institutions, SFAF conducts eye camps at the city slums as well as rural areas. Those who require surgery are brought to SFAF Tertiary Care Centre. Surgery, stay in the hospital, conveyance and post-operative care expenses are borne by SFAF. Following the surgery, the patient is taken back to his/her village; this is followed a week later by a doctor visit to examine how the patient is recuperating.
Cataract surgeries at subsidized costs are also performed for people with an annual income of less than Rs. 1.80 lacs.
All surgeries are performed with state-of-the-art infrastructure, special importance being given to sterility and quality.
There still remains big disparity between urban and population in terms of access to quality ophthalmic services at affordable prices.
SFAF is working tirelessly to help people in India come out of avoidable blindness.
Since its inception in 2017, SFAF has conducted 21 eye screening camps, examined 2600 patients, of which 118 have been operated free of cost.
Support Our Mission
To Support the Foundation’s mission through a personal donation (Donate button) or to include the Foundation in CSR plans go to : https://sightforallfoundation.in/donate/