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SANKARA EYE CARE INSTITUTIONS CELEBRATES ITS MILLION FREE EYE SURGERY

June 09,2013  IST

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London, UK: Sankara Eye Foundation Europe (SEFEU), an UK-registered non-profit organization that works in
association with Sankara Eye Care Institutions (SECI) India, held its first international press conference in the United Kingdom to celebrate its unique record in service by completing one million free eye surgeries across India for the poor and needy.
The conference was staged on Thursday 06 June, at one of the most prestigious venues of the UK, House of Commons in the gracious presence of Mr. Virendra Sharma, MP (Ealing Southall) as the Guest of Honour. Delegates from SECI and SEFEU got round the table to highlight the efforts and contribution in achieving this milestone in service to the distinguished members of the press and media.
Mr.Virendra Sharma MP (Ealing Southall) heartily congratulated the organisation for achieving this unique feat. “Giving eyesight is the best contribution one can make. I am privileged to offer any help or support to Sankara Eye Foundation whenever needed,” he added.
This milestone in service has become all the more significant as India has 45 Million visually handicapped and 12 million totally blind people. The majority of the blind live in rural India, where inaccessibility, non-availability and non-affordability of quality eye care are the barriers for the majority of the population. The Sankara Eye Care movement which is need based and farsighted took birth 36 years ago in Coimbatore in the State of Tamil Nadu.

The keynote speakers were Mr.Bharath Balasubramaniam, COO-Administration and Dr. Kaushik Murali, COO-Operation – SECI who expressed gratitude to the Press, Distinguished guests and Mr. Virendra Sharma MP for his engagement to promote this incredible charity work in the UK. Both members, in conjunction with presentations and videos, highlighted to the entire house how the Sankara Eye Care movement has endeavoured to provide unmatched, specialist eye care to all those who need it, regardless of their ability to afford such treatment, hence working towards a universal freedom from preventable and curable blindness. While Mr. Bharath Balasubramaniam spoke about the
implementation of robust information management system across Sankara Eye Foundation to provide academic training, hospital management and human resource management systems, Dr.Kaushik Murali threw light towards creating replicable and sustainable models of Sankara Eye Foundation in ensuring uniform standard of care to patient. He is a part of the strategic initiative of the organisation – Vision 20/20 by 2020 which aims to envisage treatment to 1 million beneficiaries every year through 20 state of the art eye hospitals.
Mr.Bharath Balasubramaniam said, “Through our movement, we aim to reach out to the most underserved sections of the society who cannot access care.
Through Accessibility, Availability and Affordability we intend to break down the barriers for quality eye care. Our organisation has various initiatives outreach eye care programmes targeting underprivileged adults and children and also have training programmes to help our comprehensive community eye care movement to reach to the door-step of millions of poor and needy individuals across India.”
Founding Trustee of Sankara Eye Foundation Europe Mr.Sridhar Subramanian shared with the audience how the European chapter has worked in association with Sankara Eye Hospitals in India towards eradicating curable blindness across India through comprehensive, curative and rehabilitative services. “Our objective remains to provide relief to patients’, he added.
Globally Sankara Eye Care Institution-India is the only organisation working on an 80:20 ratio, 80% of the beneficiaries are the rural poor who receive their treatment totally free; the balance 20% are those who can afford to pay for the treatment, thereby cross subsiding the free eye care services.
Dr Malcolm Kerr Muir, consultant at the Adenbrookes hospital , who has been associated with the Sankara movement for the past 5 years, highlighted the high quality care the organisation delivered. ‘I was amazed at the high quality of care at the organisation. They ensure that the patient is central to all their activities despite their high volumes. I look forward to working with them to share their expertise in other parts of the world’.
The attendees of the conference were left on a very positive and bright note by the Guest of Honour for the evening Mr.Virendra Sharma, MP who said that all individuals of the society should make a coordinated effort in terms of their contributions and monetary support in taking such health care initiatives to the next level. Highlighting the issue to the house, Mr. Virendra Sharma further added that the esteemed press and media audience are key participants, along with the community at large, in spreading a positive word about such noteworthy deeds.
The event was concluded by Mr. Ravikumar Buddha, one of the Executive Council members of Sankara Eye Foundation-Europe by giving a vote of thanks

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