This year, the Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation has gone on to cure thousands of more people across multiple countries. Curing needless cataract blindness has been proven to improve the socioeconomic activity of not just individuals but entire families and communities.
In developing countries, every contribution from members of the community count. When one cannot work or support the community, the whole system can break down. This is much more evident within a family household.
Family dynamics thrive when each member is active, whether that be financially, physically or socially. Often, we see patients who have become an extreme burden on their families, causing the entire family to fall deeper into poverty.
It is our mission and goal to assist with building communities and families back up. Creating a system and legacy of support and cures ensures that each member of the community can live their life free of blindness and suffering.
Looking backwards at our work, the Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation began with our first microsurgical outreach camp, which was held inside the Maya Devi Temple which marks the birthplace of Buddha in Lumbini, Nepal.
The outreach camp at Lumbini marked the start of the global mission to combat extreme poverty in the low-income communities of the developing world by making large-scale interventions to cure blindness. The Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation cured 312 people of blindness in three days.
Since then, the Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation has gone onto cure 22,218 people of blindness across Nepal and Bhutan. In August when the Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation visited Bhutan, over 1600 people were screened and 246 patients were cured of needless cataract blindness. This first visit to the nation marked the beggining of the Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation's pledge to cure eliminate cataract blindness across Bhutan in the next 5 years.
Looking towards the future, the Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation is continuing to remain determined to reduce extreme poverty and cure cataract blindness for as many people as possible. By 2030, the foundation is determined to cure 300,000 to 500,000 which will significantly dent the amount of people suffering.
As we move closer to the new year, it is vital that myself, alongside Dr Ruit, remain ambitious and determined to continue our journey just as well as we have before.
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