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Vivekananda Mission Ashram Netra Niramay Niketan (VMANNN)
Since the early 1990s, Vivekananda Mission Ashram Netra Niramay Niketan (VMANNN) has offered community-oriented eye hospital services to an underserved region of rural India. The eye hospital is based on a “service and education campus” which includes pre-school to advanced education for more than 6,000 students; some of them are sighted and some are blind. In more recent years the program has added eye care training and community research.
VMANNN has initiated a mentoring and training process with six surrounding eye hospitals to improve their quality and volume of eye services. VMANNN also is involved with several INGOs, each of which provide some specific input into the growth of the service program. Many of VMANNN’s staff have been trained at Aravind or at LV Prasad Eye Institute and numerous projects and interests continue to be shared. By developing more formally into a Center for Community Ophthalmology, VMANNN will have a major impact on service delivery and sustainability throughout this part of India and neighboring Bangladesh.
VMANNN partners with Seva through the Global Sight Initiative. In addition, through the TOMS partnership, Seva has augmented VMANNN’s existing support by contributing toward subsidized eye care services.