BHUTAN

OUR WORK IN BHUTAN

The Kingdom of Bhutan is considered to have a very high level of blindness, with 1% of the population suffering from some form of visual impairment. 

The Kingdom of Bhutan is a small, landlocked country in the Himalayan Mountains between two large neighbouring nations – India and China.

Bhutan’s culture and environment have made Bhutan a unique nation among its South Asian neighbours. 

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 also 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

      • 0.32% of Nepals population suffer with some form of blindness 
      • 1,230,162 people have moderate to severe visual impairments 
      • There are only 8.4 ophthalmologists per 1 million people 
      • Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness Nepal 

THE TEJ KOHLI & RUIT FOUNDATION IN NEPAL

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.

WHERE WE HAVE BEEN

Wangdue Phodrang

143 Cured Of Blindness

1047 Screened

Wangduephodrang Outreach Eye Camp Bhutan 2022.

Thimphu

103 Cured Of Blindness

572 Screened