Sightsavers India completes 1 million Sight Restoration Surgeries in a span of five years

March 2020

New Delhi, 25th February 2020: Sightsavers India successfully achieves 1 million sight restoration surgeries across the country between the years 2015 to 2019 today. To commemorate this achievement, Mr Ranjan Kumar Ganguly, the international Sand Artist showcased an artwork carving a beautiful sand sculpture at the Gopalpur Beach situated in Odisha. The sculpture depicts a big open palm with an eye placed in the middle of it with a message saying “1 Million Gift of Sight.” This messaging has been written at the bottom of the creative.

In India, more than 8 million people are blind and a huge population has been raising their concerns alarmingly around eye problems such as cataract. Most of these people live in the poorest parts of the country with little or no access to even basic health care facilities. Sightsavers has been working in India since 1966, treating people with eye conditions and bringing eye health services to the most remote areas of the country. In the last five year’s span, the organization has efficiently delivered 10,181,48 cataract surgeries across the country. The organization envision towards creating an environment that would become sensitive in understanding the array of eye problems prevalent in the society.

On completion of 1 million surgeries, Mr. RN Mohanty, CEO at Sightsavers India said, “With India having the largest blind population in the world, this achievement comes as a great solace. It has been possible only because of the relentless effort made by the entire team of Sightsavers. I feel proud to be associated with such a great cause. We would keep working rigorously towards the cause and put our very best foot forward in curbing the issues related to vision in the country.”

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