Aravind Eye Foundation Board
Dr. Christine Melton
Treasurer & Secretary
Ms. Pavithra Mehta
Dr.S. Aravind
Lady Neelam Feachem
Mr. Jerry G. Jones
Ms. Meg Lueker
Mr. Thulasiraj Ravilla
Dr.R.D. Ravindran
Dr. Alan Robin
Mr.Sriram Viswanathan
Advisory Board
Mr. Jose Barquin
Dr. Morton Goldberg
Mr. David Green
Ms. Santha Jeyabalan
Prof. Fred Munson
Mr.D. Nagarajan
Dr.P. Namperumalsamy
Prof. Kasturi Rangan
Dr. Bruce Spivey
Executive Director
Ms. Donna Campbell
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Dear Friends,

Today, we hear a lot about sustainability and scalability in all areas of industry. Aravind Eye Care System is frequently held up as the ultimate sustainable social enterprise, growing from 11 beds to 4,000 beds since its founding in 1976. From a few dozen patients to 4 million. From a small eye hospital to a network of 10 hospitals and nearly 300 mentee hospitals across the developing world plus world-class research and manufacturing facilities. All achieved with a business model that provides free or heavily subsidized treatment to more than half our patients.

Dr. Venkataswamy goal wasn't scalability or sustainability it was the elimination of needless blindness and so he was fearless in forging new partnerships and striking out into new territory. That goal still drives expansion and innovation within Aravind, and we are grateful to our partners, supporters, and friends around the world.

Warmest regards,
The Board of Aravind Eye Foundation
Call for Volunteers!
Aravind volunteers are essential partners in our mission to eliminate needless blindness. We are looking for volunteers in New York and in India to help with marketing and communications, web design, technical writing, and more. Please visit Auroserve and become part of our team!
Aravind celebrates 10 years of Hope!
Since 2004, Aravind has treated more than 1300 patients, primarily children, suffering from retinoblastoma (RB), a life-threatening eye cancer, through the Ring of Hope Fund. Last year alone, Dr. Usha and the team at the Orbit Clinic treated 422 patients, providing chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, custom-fit prostheses, and counseling completely free of cost.

Join the celebration and make a gift to the Ring of Hope Fund!
Lavelle Fund for the Blind awards grant for capacity-building in India
We are pleased to announce that the Lavelle Fund for the Blind has awarded a four-year grant of nearly $1 million to LAICO for capacity building with 25 hospitals across India. This grant will support training, IT development, outreach and seed grants to the individual hospitals.

According to some estimates, less than 25% of eye care resources globally are utilized. (World Health Organization, Vision 2020: the Right to Sight). Hospitals in the developing world that could be performing thousands of cataract surgeries a year are only able to give sight to a few hundred people because they lack training, efficient processes, and modern equipment.

Aravind healthcare consulting division, LAICO (Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology), works with eye hospitals across Africa, South America, and Asia to help them increase capacity and quality. Since 1992, LAICO has trained roughly 6000 health care professionals and mentored nearly 300 hospitals. As a result, these hospitals annually perform an additional 750,000 sight-saving surgeries.
Aravind opens 45th vision center in Auroville Thank you Kelly Sisters
Thanks to a generous grant from Julie and Anne Kelly, Aravind opened its 45th vision center in the beautiful and serene township of Auroville, near Puducherry, Tamil Nadu. Founded in 1968, Auroville is an international community of about 10,000 people from 120 countries, dedicated to sustainable living and the future cultural, environmental, social and spiritual needs of mankind.

Dr. Natchiar, Director of Human Resources Emeritus, and officials from Auroville, presided over inauguration of the vision center. On its first day, the center saw 53 patients and recommended eight patients for surgery at Aravind Hospital Puducherry. The center is housed in the Auroville Health Center, and will also serve 15 surrounding villages, with a total population of 25,000.

The Kelly sisters are sponsoring an additional vision center near Aravind Eye Hospital -- Tirunelveli, in the village of Kadayam.