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Unnecessarily Blind

Women with bilateral cataract
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CBM was able to provide Vellayamai with cataract surgery, which in turn freed time up for her daughter.

Staying in the darkness is a frightening experience for most of us, but everything is dark for more than 18 million Indians. These are persons with visual impairment.

According to various researches, 80% of visual impairment can either be treated or avoided. That means there is no need for them to be in the dark.  Cataract plays a significant role in adding to this number. If not treated, it will push an individual into darkness. As cataract is associated with aging, it is not avoidable but treatable. It takes less than 20 minutes for an ophthalmologist to replace the natural lens with an intraocular lens (IOL) to restore vision for a person affected by cataract.

To perform a delicate surgery like cataract, an accurate assessment and sophisticated infrastructure is critical. A major component of the healthcare expenses is cost incurred towards medical equipment. This cost adds to the cost of services provide to patients. This makes the cost of essential treatment unaffordable to poor patients. Most of the people in rural India have issues even in meeting their day-to-day expenses, due to which the health care needs are postponed or even ignored. If cataract is not treated, it will lead to blindness.

Why should anyone be unnecessarily blind, if there is a way to avoid it? In CBM, we believe affordability and accessibility of healthcare should not be the determining factor that makes a person live with a disability. By equipping charitable hospitals and mobile units with the latest high-tech surgical equipment, along with diagnostic units, CBM ensures that the best healthcare service is available to rural people. To make these services accessible, CBM supports medical camps in rural areas to reach out to the people who need it the most. In 2013, CBM supported 3.2 million people through its healthcare projects and 2,27,854 persons benefited through sight restoration surgeries across India.

The increase in healthcare cost is pushing more people towards a darkness that is avoidable. Together we can bring more light and colors to the life of people who need it most.
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Winning combination of cricket and inclusion

Message by India’s T20 Blind Cricket Team on celebrating CBM India’s winning combination of cricket and inclusion.

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Why Vidya must go to school

We all feel very strongly about the need of education for enabling children to find opportunities and addressing development challenges of the country


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