The Kingdom of Bhutan is a small, landlocked country in the Himalayan Mountains between two large neighbouring nations – India and China.
It’s home to around 777,500 people, with most of the population living in the central highlands.
Known for its commitment to Gross National Happiness (GNH), a modern philosophy of governance that values population well-being the same as its economic output.
The nation values environmental conservation, cultural preservation, and equitable development above economic growth stimulators such as tourism, with the government charging tourists $250 a day to visit.
BLINDNESS IN BHUTAN
- 7.45% (580,000) people have moderate to severe visual impairments
- There are only 8.4 ophthalmologists per 1 million people
- In 2015, the country had a cataract surgical rate of 1,553 per million of the population
THE TEJ KOHLI & RUIT FOUNDATION IN BHUTAN
In 2022, we partnered with the Bhutanese Ministry of Health to set out to cure a combined total of 10,000 cases of cataract blindness by 2026.
Our foundation has pledged to complete 1,000 surgeries a year for the next five years, and the Ministry of Health has vowed to do the same.
Our goal is to cure the entire backlog of cataract blindness in Bhutan and lift hundreds of thousands of people of poverty.