The Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation is an NGO founded by Dr Sanduk Ruit and Mr Tej Kohli. It is part of their mission to create a lasting legacy of social and economic change across many isolated underserved communities in the developing world.
Since its inception in March 2021, the Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation has visited Nepal, Bhutan and Ghana. As of December 2022, it cured 23,663 people of needless cataract blindness and screened over 179,022 patients.
It is strongly believed by both Tej Kohli and Dr Ruit that curing needless blindness can boost economic productivity. According to a study published in the Lancet, the investment in curing cataract blindness can increase a patient’s economic productivity by up to 1500% more than the cost of surgery in the first postoperative year.
According to the World Health Organisation, there are over 40 million blind people across the world, with a further 250 million with moderate to severe visual impairments. As the leading cause of blindness, cataracts account for more than 50% of the world’s 40 million blind.
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The World Health Organisation has also stated that 80% of visual impairment can be prevented or cured. With Dr Ruit’s surgical methods, one operation can cost as little as $50 per patient and can be achieved in just 7 minutes. With this, the Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation has been able to transform the socio-economic prospect of entire communities over the developing world.
Needless cataract blindness is both a cause and a consequence of poverty. With this in mind, the Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation is actively making contributions to the first of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which is to end extreme poverty everywhere by 2030.
Moving into 2023, we plan to cure thousands more in many more nations such as: Cambodia, Laos, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar and Columbia.
We are as dedicated and ambitious to continue our journey and cure thousands more of needless blindness throughout 2023. Help us by sharing our stories so we can end needless cataract blindness for good.