The Importance of Screening Camps | #2030InSight

Before any surgeries take place, be it at a regional hospital, or at an outreach microsurgical eye camp (OMEC), a rigorous screening effort is conducted by a Tej Kohli and Ruit Foundation team throughout various regions and reaches out to marginalised communities.

Screening is a process which involves an ophthalmologist or an ophthalmic assistant performing a comprehensive eye examination. It involves three stages:

1. Visual Acuity Test

2. Eye Examination

3. Counseling

The Tej Kohli and Ruit Foundation has an aspiration to screen one million people in the developing world to cure 300,000–500,000 of cataract blindness. This means, the team will have to set up thousands of screening camps. To identify as many patients living with cataract blindness, the Tej Kohli and Ruit Foundation focuses on underserved areas, and targets marginalized communities when planning their screening camps -for example, regions which are geographically challenging for blind to traverse through, impoverished communities who cannot afford a simple eye test. Furthermore, the Tej Kohli and Ruit Foundation lays a special emphasis on marginalized sections of society — in this instance women and children.

In June, 2022, as a part of its mission to screen one million, the Tej Kohli and Ruit Foundation set up 16 screening camps in Bardiya District to cure an entire community of needless blindness. A total of 1,607 patients were screened, and 76 patients who were identified as living with needless blindness cured in June, 2022.

The Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation was founded in March 2021 by London philanthropist Tej Kolhi and Kathmandu ‘God of Sight’ Dr Sanduk Ruit. As of November 2022 the NGO had screened 170,022 patients and cured 22,663of blindness at 91 outreach camps in Nepal, Bhutan and Ghana. The Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation is a restricted fund operating under the auspices of Prism The Gift Fund, registered UK charity number 1099682. The Foundation targets the #1 United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of reducing poverty by making large-scale surgical interventions to cure blindness at the grassroots in the developing world. All treatments are provided completely free, with 100% of the funding coming from Tej Kohli and the Kohli family.

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Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation

The Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation is advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goal to end poverty everywhere by making grassroots interventions to cure blindness.