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RPG Foundation distributes 1.5 lakh spectacles free of cost

Jamshedpur, April 19: India has the distinction of being the home of the world’s largest number of blind people. According to a WHO report for India, 12 million people were reported to be blind and this figure continues to go up by 30,000 every year.

Considering the scenario, Harsh Goenka-led RPG Foundation launched an eye-care intervention initiative Netranjali in 2014-15. The programme has reached out to almost 3 lakh people across the country to help diagnose vision-related problems in a span of less than three years.

The foundation has conducted over 2500 extensive eye check-up camps across over 35 cities and towns in Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Punjab and West Bengal to name a few. Of the three lakh people who were screened, one-and-a-lakh were given spectacles and referrals for further treatment free of cost.

These camps are set up especially for rural population of the country which has the highest need for this intervention. The demographics of the camps include truckers, slum communities and school children.

“One out of every three blind persons in the world lives in India.But interestingly, 80% of them could have been prevented from going blind if they had received timely treatment.

Our aim is to address that gap. From eye check-ups to simple corrective action to help for more serious cases, we want to ensure that the millions of needy, visually impaired people in our country, see a better, happier life.

The aim this year is to double our reach by screening more people and expand our presence in North East, Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh,” said, Harsh Goenka, Chairman, RPG Enterprises.

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