Aravind Eye Hospital
Aravind Eye Hospital was founded in 1976, by Dr. G. Venkataswamy, a man known to many simply as Dr. V. In fact, Dr. V is also among the founders of Seva Foundation. Seva has partnered with Dr. V and Aravind since the beginning, supporting the expansion of its 11-bed hospital into the comprehensive eye care system that it is today with more than 10 hospitals and more than 40 primary vision centers.
Part of Seva’s support led to establishing the Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO), the first training center in Asia dedicated to the prevention of blindness. In addition to offering world class degrees and certificate programs in a wide range of management topics, LAICO coordinates Aravind's clinical training programs in ophthalmology and related professions. LAICO is a key partner within the Global Sight Initiative.
Aravind is world renowned for its innovative service models and creative methods to share them. Seva has collaborated with Aravind in many of these ventures and, in turn, spreads new strategies among all Seva partners. In addition, through the TOMS partnership, Seva has augmented Aravind’s existing support by contributing toward subsidized eye care services.