For over a year the Tej Kohli and Ruit Foundation has made unprecedented moves towards reducing poverty by curing those suffering with needless blindness in developing countries. So far, the foundation has served Nepal and has travelled across the nation to cure communities suffering at the hand of cataract blindness.
Since the Tej Kohli and Ruit Foundation was founded, the team has set up 77 outreach camps, partnered with 8 hospitals and has screened 143,637 people. Having screened this amount of people means that we have assessed a significant amount of Nepal’s needlessly blind population.
The Tej Kohli and Ruit Foundation has been able to successfully cure 16,949 patients from across Nepal. Each and every one of those will be able to live a more independent and prosperous life now that they are able to see clearly again. Over the course of the outreach camps, the foundation was able to catch up with some patients who had previously been cured.
Seeing those who have been cured proper and thrive is further proof to the foundation that curing blindness can assist in the reduction of poverty.
One patient, Shri Mani Rai suffered with cataract blindness for many years before having her life-changing operation. Now, one year after her surgery, she can be seen tending to her garden, selling fruits and vegetables and walking around her village talking to other locals.
The story of Shri Mani Rai is one that is similar to thousands in Nepal. Over the last year and a half, the Tej Kohli and Ruit Foundation has learnt that women are often subject to needless blindness much more than men. This is due to a variety of reasons. Due to this, the Tej Kohli and Ruit Foundation are reducing inequality as well as poverty.
Seeing those who have been cured proper and thrive is further proof to the foundation that curing blindness can assist in the reduction of poverty. Seeing that a patient who had been suffering and living in deep poverty for many years make the best of their life and move themselves and family out of poverty.
The partnership between Dr Ruit and myself is something that I hold very close to me. I am proud to able to work with one of the worlds most renowned ophthalmologists.
Visiting Nepal and attending outreach camps showed that the work the Tej Kohli and Ruit Foundation does it vital for the communities we serve.
Whilst at the camps, I got to see Dr Ruit at work. Dr Ruit has innovated cataract surgery by perfecting a method that takes a mere 7 minutes and costs less than $50 to fund.
The most rewarding part of visiting the camps was witnessing patients have their eye patches removed. Seeing the moment that someone who has lived with no vision be able to see their picturesque home again was extraordinary.
The Tej Kohli and Ruit Foundation has made significant strides in reducing poverty and curing blindness in developing countries and isolated communities. It is because of this that we are continuing our journey into new countries. We are ready to move our journey into new regions with the goal to intervene and assist in eliminating poverty and needless blindness across the developing world.
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