Our story is of a unique partnership between 'God of Sight' Dr Sanduk Ruit and Mr Tej Kohli.
The Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation combines Dr Ruit’s technical expertise for delivering large-scale low-cost cataract surgeries with Tej Kohli’s experience of funding grassroots projects worldwide.
Together, the pair aim to screen one million and cure 300,000 – 500,000 by 2030.
100% of the operating costs are funded by Tej Kohli and the Kohli family.
Cataracts is the leading cause of blindness worldwide and accounts for half of the world’s forty million blind.
90% of the world’s cataract blind live in the developing world, and continue to live a life of needless blindness because they cannot afford or access surgery.
We are focused on improving accessibility of surgery within extremely marginalised communities, and to cure as many people of needless blindness in the developing world.
Screening is the process of identifying patients living with cataract blindness ahead of an outreach camp.
When an outreach camp is planned in a particular region, a medical team reaches out to all parts of the area to identify patients living a life of needless blindness, and invites them for surgery at the camp.
Additionally, during a screening camp, patients, who would otherwise not be able to have their eyes assessed, even for minor ailments, have an opportunity to have their eyes assessed by an expert.
Very often, to cure as many people of needless blindness in the world, we have to make the effort of taking a microsurgical camp to the community – in the form of an outreach camp.
We have staged many microsurgical camps where a medical team working with us sets up a biometric room, an operating theatre, a post-op ward, all part of a cataract surgical delivery system perfected by our co-founder Dr Sanduk Ruit.
We work in close technical collaboration with 8 partner hospitals across Nepal to amplify efforts to cure as many people living with needless blindness as possible.
The hospitals assist us in staging outreach camps, and provide the human resources in terms of ophthalmologists, ophthalmic assistants, and other eye health workers who work towards achieving our mission.