Charutar Arogya Mandal (CAM) is an NGO based out of Anand district in the state of Gujarat, India. CAM reaches out to poor people (especially in rural areas) where it is difficult for patients to come over to the hospital due to lack of transportation.
How It Works
• The NGO regularly conducts surveys and accordingly organizes eye check-up camps. • For patients who need to undergo surgery, CAM makes transportation arrangements for their hospital visits.
• With reference to cataract surgery patients at the Eye Department of CAM, the following process is followed: after complete diagnosis, the concerned patient approaches the doctor who can help him/her find a donor who could support the treatment cost.
• After interviewing the patient, the doctor refers the case to the Patient Support Group (PSG).
• PSG comprises of two units namely a) Concession and b) Fundraising.
• The Concession Unit does a background check of the patient's family, analyzes their socio-economic condition, undertakes a home visit, interviews neighbours and accordingly prepares a report recommending fundraising which is forwarded to the CAM management.
• The Fundraising Unit develops the patient's profile, prepares an appeal to be published in local media, to be posted on the internet and to be put up at different hospital corners.
• This strategy is adopted if the treatment costs run into lakhs of rupees.
• If the treatment costs are less, the patient is treated at subsidized rates jointly funded by the patient's family and CAM.
• Even for cataract surgeries there are complications and treatment can cost lakhs of rupees.
• The cataract surgery costs include lenses, medicines, goggles, etc.
• Once admitted, the doctor at CAM monitors the patient's treatment and progress.
• CAM maintains regular contact with the beneficiary’s family through home visits and phone calls.
• The Fundraising Unit keeps a track of funds raised for the respective beneficiariaries and ensures that funds are utilized properly.
• Rs. 20,000 – Cost of cataract surgery for both eyes for IPD patients
• Rs. 1 lakh – Cost of a cataract surgery with complications
|Donation Option||Break-up cost in INR|
You will receive a feedback report in 4-6 months
While giving is best done as an act of pure human love, we appreciate that tax benefits will help you stretch your contributions even further. Contributions to this donation option are eligible for the following tax benefits:
For Indian Tax Payers: u/s 80G of the IT Act up to 50% of your donation is deductible/u/s 35AC of the IT Act (only specified projects) 100% of your donation is deductible from your income/u/s 35(i)(ii) of the IT Act (only specified projects) 125% of your donation is deductible from your business income, and 100% of your donation is deductible from salary income.
For US Taxpayers: US Tax Payers will receive a 501(c)(3) tax receipt for their donation. Please ensure that the tax receipt field in your profile is set to US Tax Payer. Otherwise, login and modify your profile accordingly.
For UK Taxpayers:If you are a UK taxpayer, for every pound that you donate, our UK arm - GIVE UK, can reclaim 28 pence from the IRS helping your donation go further. This is known as Gift Aid. To qualify for Gift Aid, the income tax or capital gains tax you pay must at least equal the amount we will claim in the tax year. To Gift Aid donations, please ensure that the tax receipt status in your profile is set to UK Tax Payer. Otherwise, login and modify your profile accordingly. When you make a donation, you will be asked whether you would like to GiftAid the donation or not. If you choose yes, we will claim GiftAid on your behalf.