The Shree Sharadadevi Mobile Eye Hospital will provide eye care facilities to over 5 lakh people, including children and students, residing in remote villages in Karnataka
Bengaluru, India – November 5, 2022
Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic and CSR arm of Infosys, has announced its collaboration with Sri Ramakrishna Sevashrama to launch the Shree Sharadadevi Mobile Eye Hospital, a first-of-its-kind fully equipped mobile eye hospital to serve people residing in remote villages in Karnataka. This collaboration is aimed at providing quality eye care to over 5 lakh people, including children and students, in the interior districts of Tumkur, Anantapur, Chitradurga and Raichur.
The Mobile Eye Hospital will offer screening facilities for ailments such as cataract, eye tumors, watery eyes, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, squint eye, retinoblastoma along with ENT and other general diseases. The Sharadadevi Eye Hospital & Research Centre has also been previously supported by Infosys Foundation with the construction of a new wing in 2021. Till date, the hospital has performed thousands of eye surgeries.
Sunil Kumar Dhareshwar, Trustee, Infosys Foundation, said, “We are delighted to team up with Shree Sharadadevi Eye Hospital & Research Centre to provide quality eye care to people who have long been deprived of basic healthcare. By bringing technological advancements like the Mobile Eye Hospital right to the doorstep of the underprivileged, we aim to provide support to address the problems of the community and resolving them as efficiently as possible.”
Swami Japananda, Chairman of Shree Sharadadevi Eye Hospital & Research Centre, Pavagada, said, “The eye care situation in India needs betterment with only one ophthalmologist available for nearly one lakh people in our country. The people / children / students living in rural India are deprived of even basic eye care. We thank Infosys Foundation for sponsoring the first ever hi-tech mobile eye hospital in Karnataka state to help thousands of people with eye care in Pavagada (in Tumkur), which has been a predominantly rural and medically deprived area. We hope that with the generous and precious support of Infosys Foundation, we are able to reach the needy patients in other inaccessible and interior parts of the state.”
The Shree Sharadadevi Eye Hospital & Research Centre has been providing outstanding services for eye diseases for the deprived rural communities of the Karnataka-Andhra border region of Pavagada, since 2002. It has succeeded in providing the best ophthalmic treatment, especially cataract surgeries, through latest equipment and a highly qualified and dedicated medical team, at zero cost to the poorest of villagers. The hospital is also involved in research and outreach initiatives in order to address the deeper issues behind the health care deprivation of marginalized people.
Established in 1996, the Infosys Foundation supports programs in the areas of education, rural development, healthcare, arts and culture, and destitute care. Its mission is to work in remote regions of several states in India. The Infosys Foundation takes pride in working with all sections of society, selecting projects with infinite care, and working in areas that are traditionally overlooked by society at large.
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