Preventable blindness and other visual impairments are significant public health challenges in India. India bears the highest burden of the world’s blind, with an estimated 1 out of every 3 blind people in the world. Over 2 million children are blind with only 5% of them receiving any education. However, most cases of blindness are curable or preventable with early clinical intervention. Unfortunately, these services are overwhelmingly located in urban cities while a majority of the population lives in rural areas. Despite these grim statistics, there are organizations championing this cause and bringing ophthalmological care to the individuals and communities most in need.
Join one such organization in their heroic efforts to reduce preventable visual handicaps. Located in Delhi, this NGO’s mission is to bring quality eye care to the doorstep of the visually afflicted, the majority of whom live below the poverty line in urban slums and rural areas of India. In operation for over 25 years, it strives to bring some of the most sophisticated diagnostic and surgical facilities available to some of India’s poorest, regardless of their ability to pay for these services.
Join primary mobile eye care clinics, observe ophthalmic procedures in the operating theater, participate in advanced level classes at the institute and witness their community-based rehabilitation program, which includes trainings for community level field workers at satellite hospitals in surrounding villages. Students will be based in Delhi and take trips to surrounding villages and towns.
Become immersed in Indian culture while living in a private apartment in a residential neighborhood in south Delhi. Visit Delhi’s numerous museums, restaurants, and shops or visit World Heritage sites like the Red Fort or Humayun’s Tomb. CFHI participants may also choose to organize day trips over the weekend to the spectacular Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.