BENGALURU : As part of its social convergence initiative, Ingersoll Rand has partnered with Sankara Eye Hospital, Bengaluru for the Gift of Vision – a Community Rural Outreach program. The program has been launched to help benefit economically disadvantaged people in remote, rural areas with a special focus on preventive and curable blindness. Ingersoll Rand is supporting the program by donating a customized medical van through which the hospital aims to touch the lives of over 20,000 beneficiaries with 12,000 patients likely to benefit through surgical intervention.
The Sankara Eye Hospital, through its community outreach program, has screened 3,89,939 children for eye ailments and performed 1,00,752 vision restoration surgeries till January 2015. This year the hospital aims to reach out to 12,000 beneficiaries by conducting up to 144 camps and perform approximately 23,000 free surgeries. The customized vehicle provided by Ingersoll Rand will be dedicated to the Medical team at Sankara Eye Hospital to conduct camps in districts of Bangalore Rural, Bangalore Urban, Mysore, Tumkur, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Ramanagara, Mandya, Chamraj Nagar in Karnataka as well as districts of Chitoor & Anantpur in Seemandhra. The vehicle will also help the team to commute to the camp-site to conduct a post-operative review of the operated patients after 30 days of surgery.
Commenting on the initiative, Swati Bhattacharya, Vice President – Corporate Relations, Public Affairs and Branding, Ingersoll Rand India said “At Ingersoll Rand, we are committed to making a difference to the communities in which we live and work. Through our social partnerships, we are making constant advances in our efforts in creating a world of sustainable progress. Today, blindness a major health concern in India with around 20% of the global blind population in the country. We believe that preventing blindness can help increase access to education, employment and prosperity, and enable greater participation from the economically weaker sections of our society. Our partnership with Sankara is an endeavor towards achieving that goal and deliver value to our society”
“Karnataka is home to 1 million blind people and more new cases of cataract are being added to the existing backlog every year. We are delighted to collaborate with Ingersoll Rand for our flagship program – Gift of Vision intended to provide high quality eye care to all, irrespective of socio economic considerations. Through this program we will move a step closer to overcoming the barriers of lack of availability, affordability and accessibility of eye care services encountered by the poor and the needy” shared Dr. R V Ramani, Founder & Managing Trustee, Sankara Eye Foundation.