Aravind Eye Care

Our effort is to make Aravind an instrument of the Divine Will. We strive to forget our limitations and work with the direction of the Divine Will, not in a vain superficial way but with a deep commitment and faith that guidance comes from a higher level of consciousness. Then one is able to work with the great confidence that comes only with that faith and realization that we are all part of a spiritual capacity or spiritual power. It is then that all of nature works with you. You don’t feel that you are a superior being but you are an instrument in the hands of a higher force and it is in that spirit that we meet our day to day struggles and successes. Dr. G. Venkataswamy … (about 1/2, genesis).

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About 2/2: … Guiding Philosophy: Aravind Eye Hospitals are named after Sri Aurobindo, one of the 20th century’s most revered spiritual leaders. In essence, Sri Aurobindo’s teachings focus on mankind’s transcendence into a heightened state of consciousness through service, as an instrument of what he called the Divine Force.  

At Aravind one finds, combined with modern technology and management practices, a measure of compassionate spirituality, an awareness beyond the matter-of-fact, and the impetus of a mission.

Challenges in a Developing Country:

  • Growing population, inadequate infrastructure, low per capita income, aging population, diseases in epidemic proportions and illiteracy.

Alternate Health Care: Aravind Model:

  • Given the magnitude of blindness and the challenges faced in a developing country, the Government alone cannot meet the health needs of all. Realising this predicament, Dr. Venkataswamy wanted to establish an alternate health care model that would supplement the efforts of the Government and also be self-supporting.
  • Hence, upon his retirement in 1976, he established the GOVEL Trust to initiate eye care work.

Under this Trust, the Aravind Eye Hospitals were founded. Today, Aravind is more than an eye hospital. It is :

  • a social organisation committed to the goal of elimination of needless blindness through comprehensive eye care services.
  • an international training centre for ophthalmic professionals and trainees who come from within India and around the world to teach or to learn, to offer their skills and to acquire new ones.
  • an institute for research that contributes to the development of eye care.
  • an institute to train health-related and managerial personnel in the development and implementation of efficient and sustainable eye care programmes.
  • a manufacturer of world class ophthalmic products available at affordable costs.

Link: Aravind Eye Care works in partnership with Emil Hohl, Medizell, Wolfhalden, Appenzell, Switzerland.

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