Updated: Dec 11, 2021
"The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition”.
Almost 70 years after these words were adopted in the Constitution of the World Health Organization, they are more powerful and relevant than ever.
India is home to about 20.5 percent of the world’s blind, 22.2 percent of the world’s low-vision population, and 21.9 percent of those with vision impairment according to the study by Pascolini D, Mariotti SP published in the Global Estimates of Visual Impairment. According to Avoidable Blindness India, a study group, about 88.2 percent of blindness in India was avoidable.
Access to eye health services is inequitable in India. To tackle inequities in eye health, several measures can be taken. Dr. Anchal Gupta, founder consultant of Netram Eye Foundation says, “No person with visual disabilities should be deprived of treatment
due to lack of resources."
Netram Eye Foundation is committed to providing eye health services of the same quality for everybody, irrespective of age, gender, wealth, ethnicity, place of residence, education or, disability status. Just as important, as individuals, we should treat everyone equally on a personal level: everybody turning up at Netram enjoys the same level of interest, respect, and support.