TORONTO, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - India was once known for its crippling
bureaucracy that stifled progress and growth, but this country has made
tremendous strides towards sustainable development. Operation Eyesight
Universal has worked in India since 1963, and is proud to be part of
this success story.
Five years ago, Operation Eyesight had 41 hospital partners in India,
working to provide high quality eye care programs and services. Today,
Operation Eyesight partners with 17 Indian hospitals — and these 17 are
more than doubling the impact of the original group, producing more and
better results with less, while taking decisive steps on the road to
Pat Ferguson, President and CEO of Operation Eyesight, says a shared
commitment to quality and patient services keeps these partnerships
"We can effectively use donors' money to help hospitals in poor areas
deliver high-quality outcomes and achieve financial sustainability —
both of which are critical if we are to eliminate avoidable blindness,"
While previously the focus was on surgeries for people with cataracts -
still the objective of many NGOs today - Operation Eyesight's vision is
to build community and medical infrastructure that will enable eye
problems to be prevented and treated before they cause blindness.
"We can eliminate 80 percent of avoidable blindness through a basic
primary eye care system and by making sure people have access to care,"
Ferguson explains. "We will always need to treat people with cataracts,
but if that is all we focus on, we will never win the larger battle."
Working with the L.V. Prasad Eye Institute located in Hyderabad, India,
Operation Eyesight is providing expert training and consulting
resources. Operation Eyesight collaborates with partners to ensure local
professionals and staff are appropriately trained and hospitals and
clinics are well-designed, built and equipped. Better cost control,
effective systems, high-functioning facilities and a strong community
outreach program allow many people to receive valuable eye care services.
It's important to deliver quality as it is essential for attracting
patients who pay for services. This revenue, combined with that from
in-hospital optical shops, enables hospitals to provide free care to
those in need.
"We've learned a great deal over the past five years and our partners
have worked hard to implement change," Ferguson says.
"Our partners don't want to be dependent on foreign funding. They want
to be in control of their own future. Our development approach will help
them see that day."
Operation Eyesight is dedicated to the prevention and treatment
of avoidable blindness in the developing world. We work with medical
professionals and communities in Africa and India to help provide
quality eye care programs and sustainable community development. Since
1963, through the support of our donors, 35 million of the world's
poorest people have had their sight restored or protected. To learn more
about our work, visit www.operationeyesight.com.
SOURCE OPERATION EYESIGHT UNIVERSAL
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