Since it’s inception in 1979, the goal of the Eye Foundation of America has been
to improve eye care in the underprivileged world. The Foundation facilitates the
exchange of ideas and services between the U.S. and India, provides fellowships
for physicians worldwide, conducts research projects to prevent blindness, and
has helped support the work of 2 eye hospitals in southern India. More than 1.8
million people have been treated and 300,000+ surgeries have been performed
including 25,000+ on children.
The Dilemma Facing India
• More than 61 million people in India have diabetes
• 55% of Indians with diabetes live in rural areas
• 96,000 children in India have Type 1 diabetes
• Up to 20 percent of India's rural populations are affected by diabetes
• 52% of people with diabetes don't realize they have it
• India has a health care worker shortage of 515,000 (largest in the world)
We partner with many organizations. Currently we are working with GAPIO
(Global Association of Physicians from India) "Global Assos. of Physicians
of India (GAPIO) in partnership with Eye Foundation of America is pleased to
be part of the mega Diabetic screening project going to be deployed in
Rajahmundry in Jan 2014. Diabetes prevelance in India is one of the highest in
the world and the major cause of blindness. This project will help immensely in
early diagnosis and we plan to screen 100,000 population." Sanku S. Rao MD.
President Elect, GAPIO
EyE Foundation oF amErica
The Green Eye Hospital pictured here will be
constructed soon with your help.
If EFA raises $500,00.00, Joe Swiger, a grateful patient
from Morgantown, WV will match with $1,000,000.00
FOCUS ON DIABETES
• Diabetic retinopathy is the result of blood sugar levels weakening blood vessels in the
retina. Over time this causes blood to seep into the eye - often leading to blindness.
• Data suggests that if diabetic retinopathy is detected and treated early, blindness can
be averted up to 90% of the time. Dr. Raju is striving to bring that level of success to
rural India where screenings are rare and access to treatment is virtually nonexistent.
• "Diabetes and its complications are going to be the worst in developing nations.
Most of the organizations concentrate on cataract blindness and diabetic blindness
may become 10 times worse than cataract blindness. Most of the cataract blindness
is in relatively older people, whereas diabetic blindness can affect individuals during
their more productive years."
• The Eye Foundation of America, this year, will deploy healthcare teams for
eye care clinics in India and beyond.
Pledges: Founders society - $25,000.00 Patron - $1,000.00
All contributions are tax deductible. Tax Exempt #55-0621735
Leela V. Raju
V.K. RAJU, M.D.
3140 Collins Ferry Road,
Morgantown WV 26505