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HV Desai Eye Hospital

The Pune Blind Men’s Association (PBMA) established the HV Desai Eye Hospital, located in Maharashtra, India in 2000. PBMA is a center committed to the socioeconomic rehabilitation of people who are blind and has been active for the past 60 years. The eye hospital has examined more than 2.7 million patients and completed more than 400,000 eye surgeries since it was established 15 years ago. Approximately 60% of patients are treated absolutely free through a sustainable fee system where paying patients cover the cost of services for non-paying patients.

HV Desai operates a tertiary center in Pune and has two secondary centers. It also operates 7 vision centers in and around Pune. In recent years, they have completed almost 10,000 surgeries annually. The Chief Medical Director of HV Desai, Dr. Col. M Deshpande, also served as the President of VISION2020 India for a number of years.

HV Desai offers postgraduate and paramedical ophthalmic training and has emerged as a leading comprehensive eye care center in the region and works with mentees to build the capacity of hospital staff and increase economic sustainability. Seva works with HV Desai to spread their model through the Global Sight Initiative and provides subsidized direct service support through Focusing Philanthropy’s World Sight Day campaigns and outreach and school screenings through the Bio Eyes Buy a Frame, Help a Child to See program.

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