Social Impact

Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital’s goal is to make quality eye care services affordable and available to all, especially to the rural and socially and economically disadvantaged segments of society by providing comprehensive, high quality eye care to walk-in patients as well as carrying out extensive rural outreach by holding eye camps in remote villages.

Key Strategies

  • High patient volumes to make efficient use of resources to keep unit cost of care low
  • Rural outreach via rural eye camps to take services to the doorstep of the neediest
  • Provision of comprehensive, state-of-the-art care to attract the economically better-off segments so that poor patients can be provided free or subsidised care sustainably

Organised in a planned way as an integral part of operations, rural eye camps enable Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital to reach and seek out the least served, namely people in villages, especially older, poorer people and women. Each hospital has fully equipped teams dedicated to this purpose. The camps are generally organised in collaboration with local civil society organisations and community leaders to facilitate wider communication and mobilisation. Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital provides free eye screening, vision acuity test, diagnosis and refraction at the camp site itself, conducted by competent and well-equipped teams. Those needing surgeries are transported to and from Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital hospitals free of cost, kept as in-patients with free boarding and lodging for the period of surgery, provided free or subsidized surgeries regardless of the surgical procedures required and the facility to order spectacles for home delivery well below market prices.

As of 31st March 2023, cumulatively, including all hospitals, 8282 outreach camps have been held in rural areas, successfully providing quality care to more than 11 lakh of some of the most underprivileged poor in the country.

So far 258 MLOPs have been trained, of whom 166 are working in Indira Gandhi Eye Hospitals

Training of Rural Girls

To provide employment opportunities rural girls, Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital also trains village girls educated to 12th grade with science as Mid level Ophthalmic Personnel (MLOP) to work in various functions in the hospitals as paramedical staff. Training comprises hands-on practice in various departments, supplemented with classroom instruction. The training is residential and trainees receive a small stipend besides free boarding and lodging.

Mr Bill Gates at Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital