The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) gave US $25,000 to sponsor multi-day eye clinics in seven cities December 2009 through January 2010 that provided eye care free of charge to over 13,500 people in India.
Almost 10,000 people received prescription glasses, over 10,500 were given eye drops for infections, and more than 1,700 were diagnosed with cataracts and referred to hospitals for further treatment.
In 2007, the Health Ministry of India estimated that 1.1% of the population suffered from blindness, 80% of which was preventable. Yet millions are unable to receive the care that could preserve their eyesight.
TPRF has regularly sponsored eye clinics throughout India since 2003, providing professional care to those who could not otherwise afford it. To date, over 42,000 people have been treated in a total of 22 clinics sponsored by TPRF. Ophthalmologists, refractionists and other medical professionals donate their time to examine people, and volunteers organize and run the clinics.
Photo: Premsagar Foundation India