Healthcare start-up Pristyn Care and Impact Guru Foundation have teamed up to raise funds via crowdsourcing to sponsor cataract surgery for the underprivileged class as part of the “Save the Sight” campaign, announced a joint statement on Monday.
As part of the initiative, IGF will raise funds on the web-based crowdfunding platform ImpactGuru and the surgeries will be performed by Pristyn Care’s expert ophthalmologists.
‘Save the Sight’ is an initiative to restore sight to more than 2 million people who are waiting for cataract surgery but cannot afford it.
”Of the 3.8 million Indians who contract cataracts each year, 80% suffer permanent blindness. Our initiative, in partnership with Pristyn Care, is a step forward in helping people across the country clear their eyesight and enjoy the beauty that surrounds them.
“As cataract is one of the necessary surgeries, we aim to provide support to as many individuals as possible,” said Sundeep Talwar, CEO of Impact Guru Foundation.
According to the joint statement, India is home to the largest blind population in the world with around 8 million blind people.
Cataract is considered a significant contributor to this debilitating eye condition, with estimates attributing 50-80% of cases of bilateral blindness in India to cataract, according to the release.
Cataract is also considered the most important cause of preventable blindness. According to recent statistics from the National Center for Biotechnology and Information (NCBI), more than 3.8 million Indians get cataracts every year.
Pritsyn Care co-founder Harsimarbir Singh said the treatment gap in India is huge – in some rural areas there is often only one doctor for every 30,000 people.
“Through our strong presence in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities, we aim to improve accessibility and better quality of care as part of our healthcare mission for Bharat. With the ‘Save the Sight’ initiative in collaboration with Impact Guru Foundation, we aim to provide surgical care to eligible beneficiaries in underserved communities, who suffer from cataracts,” Singh said.
The healthcare startup backed by Sequoia Capital and Tiger Global has a presence in 40 cities across India and has built up a network of over 800 hospitals and over 200 clinics, which it operates across the country.
Anyone with a BPL card or belonging to a household whose monthly income is less than Rs 20,000 can register for the program.
Applicant patients do not need to have health insurance to enroll in the ‘Save the Sight’ program.
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