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Help the elderly see with a cataract surgery by HelpAge India

Needs more donors to continue operations

Help the elderly see with cataract surgery


Jani gets her sight back with a little help!

Jani Shankar Phadwade is a 67-year-old woman. She lives in a village in Jawhar Taluka in Palghar district. This is a tribal belt about 100 km from Mumbai.

Jani used to work as a manual laborer in the fields to earn a living. At an age where this was hard enough, her situation became worse when her vision started failing. She was in utter despair as she thought that she was going blind and would lose her means of livelihood.

She attended the screening camp organized at her village by HelpAge with the help of Bhakti Vedanta Hospital. It was then, that she learnt that she had a cataract in her left eye. However, she knew that she did not have the money for an operation and the hospital expenses. She felt completely hopeless.

She was thrilled to find out that the surgery would be free. She was happy that for once, she was getting the care she deserved. She was treated free of cost under HelpAge's Restoration of Vision program for destitute elders.

Her operation was soon done was successfully. Now, she can see clearly, something which she had totally given up hope on.

Today Jani's eyes twinkle as she gives her famous toothless smile. With her sight restored, she feels independent and spends most of her days looking after her home.

Your help can make this surgery possible for poor elderly people like Jani. You can donate to cover part of the surgery expenses and help HelpAge provide surgery services to many more needy elders. You can give with confidence because every program listed is GIVEASSURED.


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Program Description

HelpAge conducts cataract eye surgeries in 21 states. Credible and competent eye hospitals and organizations carry out surgeries with HelpAge India's support. All surgeries under the program are performed only in base hospitals.

Cataract is one of the major causes of blindness in India. Close to 12 million elders in India suffer from cataract affected blindness and cannot afford treatment.

HelpAge enters into agreements with identified hospitals after a thorough due diligence of infrastructure and implementation capability of the institution. The hospitals are provided a grant for a specified period of time during which a pre-agreed number of cataract surgeries are to be conducted.

HelpAge has offices in all large states of the country and has the regional implementation teams actively monitoring and tracking the implementation of the cataract project round the year. They also conduct audits of the partners' accounts to ensure that funds are utilized as agreed.

At the hospital, there are regular screening camps conducted to identify patients with cataract who are then transported to the hospitals for surgery and taken back to their hometowns two days later with necessary post-operative medication.

HelpAge receives regular reports with details of each individual patient from the hospital which can be then independently verified.

Since 1980, this program has benefitted more than 9 lakh elders, not just restoring their sight but enabling them to go back to work and live a life of dignity.

HelpAge, through this program, conducts more than 45,000 cataract eye surgeries annually. This year HelpAge is looking to conduct close to 60000 cataract surgeries across the country.

Each monthly donation you make will be utilized towards part cost of conducting one cataract surgery in the most underserved part of the country where accessibility to health facilities is low.

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HelpAge India
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HelpAge India

Helpage India aims to serve elder needs in a holistic manner, enabling them to live active, dignified and healthier lives.

In a country of 104 million elders, 51 million live below the poverty line. By 2050 the number of senior citizens is estimated to rise to 324 million. With more than half the country's elderly living below the poverty line, even day to day survival is crucial.

Where quality of life is concerned for these elderly, there is much left to be desired. Inadequate healthcare, minimal or no pension and a depleting source of income, often force the destitute rural elderly to continue working despite physical hardships.

HelpAge India is a leading charity in India working with and for disadvantaged elderly for nearly 4 decades. HelpAge advocates for their needs such as for Universal pension, Quality healthcare, Action against Elder Abuse and many more at a national, state and societal level with Central and State governments.

HelpAges focus over the years has moved from welfare to development. They provide elderly relief through various age-care interventions.

They conduct cataract surgeries to restore sight of elders, looks after their basic needs though its Support-a-Gran program, runs Elder Helplines across the country, provides relief & rehabilitation for elderly post disasters and provides active-ageing opportunities.

They run one of the largest mobile healthcare programs through its Mobile Healthcare Units. These units operate across the country providing free healthcare services to destitute elders.

They also help elders earn their livelihood through the formation of Elder-Self-Help Groups making them self-reliant.

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Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Mathew Cherian

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Renewals FY 19-20

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1 June, 2022

Vision Restoration by Cataract Surgery with Intra Ocular Implant


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

Village Name/ City Name: Visakhapatnam Block/ Tehsil: Visakhapatnam District: Visakhapatnam State: Andhra Pradesh

Village Name/ City Name: Ramanathpuram Block/ Tehsil : Mandapam, Valanhtaravia, Pramakudi, Rajapalayam, Utchipuli, Chatrapatti, Aruppukottai District: Ramanathapuram and Virudhunagar Districts State: Tamil Nadu

Village Name/ City Name : Sangadi, Jogisakhara, Potgaon , Boddha, Chop, Bhendala, Ashte, Sutare, Nagsar Block/ Tehsil : Nadurbar, Navapur, Sahahda, Sakri and Shirpur in Nandurbar District District: Nandurbar District, Gadchiroli District and Bhandara District State: Maharashtra

a) Sensitization of the community through handbills and announcements prior to the eye screening camp. b) Free eye-screening clinics and the identification of elderly cataract patients c) Patient Pre-Surgery Counseling d) Free transportation to the base hospital for cataract patients (Pick-up and Drop). e) Surgeries and post-operative care; free hospitalisation and food for patients. f) One week of black glasses and medicine. g) Seven-day and four-week post-surgery check-ups at the vision centre. The main objective of the project, to reduce avoidable blindness in the selected locations, was achieved by providing accessible, quality eye care.  A total of 2497 individuals have been screened for cataracts through screening camps and hospital vision centers; 1456 patients were identified with cataracts, and 850 elderly people underwent successful cataract-removal surgery and intra-ocular implants, restoring their eyesight. Impaired vision can bring about a loss of independence, a feeling of inadequacy, and social isolation can arise from mobility restrictions and embarrassment about vision loss. Cataract surgery can greatly enhance the quality of life of patients. The project not only addressed the issues of visual impairment and avoidable blindness but also the psychosocial health of patients. Timely treatment has prevented the deterioration in the quality of life of patients. The project has restored the confidence and dignity of the elderly. Impact: Impaired Vision loss can bring about a loss of independence, a feeling of inadequacy, and social isolation can arise from mobility restrictions and embarrassment about vision loss. The project addressed the eye health problems of the elderly, thereby restoring their self-confidence and dignity. 

Challenges faced and next steps

The project spilt over into the financial year 2021–2022 due to the 2nd COVID-19 wave. This was as per the government directive to cope with the highly infectious delta variant. All activities under the project were halted and resumed only in July 2021. Through these outreach programmes and free eye screening camps, the community has been sensitised to various eye diseases that, in most cases, are curable. Through this intervention, the community has been encouraged to seek better eye health and access the nearest government eye care facility. In most cases, and wherever possible, the beneficiaries are linked to HelpAge India’s Mobile Health Unit and, through them, are enrolled in various government health, financial, and livelihood schemes for the elderly. 

Stories from the ground

Name of the Beneficiary: M. LakshmiAge: 75 Location: 4/34, North Street, Naranapuram, Sathur (Tk), Virudhunagar District. Background Story: I reside in Naranapuram Village in Virudhunagar District and had some agricultural land where my husband was doing farming activities. After his demise, both my sons got married and they moved out of the village, so I am living alone. I work as a helper in the local temple and, with the meagre income, take care of my expenses. I have had blurred vision for more than one year. But no one was there to take me to the hospital for testing. In July 2021, I heard the auto announcement informing me about the proposed eye camp at Othayal and attended the camp on August 1, 2021. Support given: I was informed about the cataract in my eye and the need to undergo surgery. After I agreed, the hospital staff brought me to Madurai the same day, and after conducting tests, they performed the surgery the next day. Progress: I am now able to see clearly and concentrate on my work both at home and at the temple. Thanks to HelpAge India and Govel Trust for the support.

Name of the Beneficiary: Mr Kuchipudi Gopi. Age: 75  Location: Sakhinetipalli Lanka, Ravu Daggara, East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh-533251 Background Story: Mr Kuchipudi Gopi earns his living by collecting coconuts for the owner of the coconut farm in East Godavari. He is unmarried and lives alone. The only known associate of Mr Gopi is Mr P. Bharat, who is his nephew and helps him out in case of any need. But with the ageing of Mr Gopi, he didn't know why his vision was slowly getting reduced in his right eye, affecting his ability to do his job. The lack of proper vision was putting him at risk of being fired from the coconut farm and leaving him jobless, which would have been a very difficult situation as he would have lost his means of income in addition to his vision, rendering him helpless. Fortunately, his nephew identified his problem and reached out to the Visakha Eye Hospital Trust, Vishakapatnam, through HelpAge India’s intervention.  Mr Kuchipudi Gopi was diagnosed with a mature cataract in his right eye and successfully operated using phacoemulsification with rigid IOL implantation. Progress: After the 15-day follow-up, the patient recovered very well and the vision in his eye was restored. He has now gone back to living his normal life of cutting down coconuts on coconut trees and does not need to leave his job due to vision impairment. With the intervention of HelpAge India’s project and valuable funds donated by Give India, we were able to save a man’s vision and subsequently restore his vision, without which he would have been left without a job and his eyes. This is an example of how projects like these have an enormous impact on the socio-economic status of people in rural areas who do not have the help or facilities to reach out to in times of need.

5 July, 2020

Gift sight, gift life !


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Gift sight, gift life !

HelpAge conducts cataract eye surgeries in 21 states. HelpAge enters into agreements with identified hospitals after a thorough due diligence of infrastructure and implementation capability of the institution. The hospitals are provided a grant for a specified period of time during which a pre-agreed number of cataract surgeries are to be conducted.At the hospital, there are regular screening camps conducted to identify patients with cataract who are then transported to the hospitals for surgery and taken back to their hometowns two days later with necessary post-operative medication. From Oct'2019 - March'2020 we have been able achieve following numbers in below mentioned areas:
Andhra Pradesh - 447
Delhi - 160

3 December, 2019

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22 July, 2019


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Program Update

25,000 cataract surgeries conducted with IOL implant from October to March, 2019, restoring their vision, self-confidence and dignity, thereby improving the person’s productivity and quality of life. HI also conducted supported patients with refraction correction and distributed, high quality refractive glasses to more than 7000 individuals.
All the program beneficiaries received free of cost services and with 0% complications or vision loss. The program has been appreciated by the community and we were requested to continue the interventions. With the objective of providing comprehensive vision correction to the neediest people across the country, HelpAge India has initiated the Refractive Error Correction Project. Methodology: Two way strategy has been adopted

  1.        Screening of older people for refractive error through hospital partners and providing corrective glasses

  2.        Screening at MHU (HI-Mobile Health Units) sites with support of local hospital/ Optometrist and providing corrective glasses.

Story from the field

Mr. Md. Mamtaj a migrant from Bihar who came along with his father and mother in search of livelihood to Banarhat. Banarhat which is surrounded by Tea Gardens, his father had started small tea shop, business as the Tea gardens during his father’s time was doing very well and people of the gardens used to visit the shop, but over the time the Tea Garden in that belts collapsed many were shut down, and now few are running, and that’s how Mamtaj fathers business too collapsed. Mamtaj’s parents are no more and now he has to look after 6 members in his family, he has 4 son’s one daughter and wife. Mamtaj was expressing his hard times due to the shutdown of Tea Gardens he was recalling how well their life was once upon when the factory was functioning which were golden days according to Mamtaj. When we asked Mamtaj what he was doing for his living he said having tears in his eyes “that I pull Rickshaw all day to keep up the family”.Mamtaj has to pull Rickshaw hard all day long to earn more money, sometimes he get to earn Rs.200 and sometimes very less than that which is not at all sufficient to take care of his family. Off late Md. Mamtaj was feeling uneasy with his eye. For few weeks he Didn’t bother, but later he felt he needed to go for check up. So Mamtaj one fine day while pulling his Rickshaw he heard an eye camp happening at nearby garden by Banarhat vision centre and Mamtaj felt that the opportunity to be taken, he checked his eye and he was told that he has cataract (Motiabin )in his eyes. He was counseled and given date by the Banarhat vision centre. He was admitted on 26/02/2019 at Siliguri Greater Lions Eye Hospital for RE Cataract Surgery His earlier vision was 6/24p after operation his visual acuity is 6/18 and Pinhole 6/12. He is very thankful when we said about the HI-DEUTSCHE BANK. “He says: It’s hard to believe still there are people who care for the needy, who are not able to afford by themselves”.

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?32775
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date32775
Village/City/State where project is locatedAndhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Delhi & NCR, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal
Total Budget for the project for FY18-1974200000
Total Expenses for the project YTD74200000