To make the highest quality of eye care affordable, and available to all!
Welcome to Dekhon - The Eye-Care Hospital Network!
Dekhon - meaning "to look" or "to see" in Hindi - is an initiative of Shri Ganapati Netralaya that aims to fight the growing condition of blindness that is especially prevalent in rural areas of India. Backed by the top of the line infrastructure of Jalna-based Shri Ganapati Netralaya, Dekhon will begin to execute its plans within the state of Maharashtra, before looking beyond to neighboring states.
In order to develop a solution to any problem, one must first examine the factors that lie at its root. In the state of Maharashtra, a crucial issue yet to be fully addressed is the prevalence of blindness and other complex eye issues. There are a few key factors that are responsible for this lack of treatment. They can be classified into four main categories—quality, accessibility, affordability and awareness. At the rural level, the state of Maharashtra lacks the infrastructure required to provide high quality eye care. It is very challenging for patients from rural areas to seek advanced treatment in larger cities due to financial constraints and work obligations, especially with no guarantee that their condition may be treatable or that they could afford such a treatment. There is essentially an information gap, which often leads to a person blindly spending a significant part of their income to travel long distances, in hopes that they can find affordable, high-quality care. Unfortunately, that is too high of a risk for many rural people to accept. In addition to the lack of easily available information, there is also a lack of awareness about eye care—so in many cases, a person may not even be aware that a solution to their problem actually exists. Alternatively, the person may simply be skeptical about undergoing a procedure, due to a lack of knowledge and understanding of the method.
This is exactly where Dekhon enters the picture. By establishing a self–sustaining network of high quality eye-care facilities in the areas where they are needed the most, this initiative will begin to address the issue of not only blindness, but eye ailments in general, right from the origin. The reach of this network will extend over a wide area of rural towns and villages. Dekhon will also be focusing on improving eye-related awareness in rural areas. The goal is to not only to treat symptoms of poor eye-care, but also to empower people with the knowledge and practices to prevent avoidable ailments. Dekhon will tackle the roots of these problems and sponsor capacity building exercises over the long haul by setting up lasting infrastructure for continued treatment.
A team of diverse backgrounds, consisting of individuals from India and abroad, has come together to implement the vision for this model, thereby tackling this common enemy—blindness. Dekhon plans to reach over 1 million people by 2012, and over 3 million by 2013.
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