To address the needs of the most under-served areas, GRACE
VISION FOUNDATION plans to set up a chain of community eye hospitals in Central
India, covering the under-served contiguous tribal tracts in the states of Orissa, Andhra
Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. The choice of location and the
operating model of these hospitals will be such that they can provide high quality, cost
effective eye care services in a self-sustaining manner over the medium and long term.
Patients who can afford to pay, will be charged fees for the services provided to them.
These fees will also cover cost of services provided to patients who cannot afford to pay.
These hospitals will also serve as Human Resource Development Centres (HRDCs) for
developing ophthalmic health care and administrative assistants. All hospitals in the
chain will be able to draw upon each others’ resources when required.
At present GRACE VISION is setting up base eye
hospitals providing services such as cataract removal, refractive error correction,
glaucoma, childhood blindness, corneal infection & ulceration, ocular trauma (first
aid), immunization, health advocacy and allied activities. With a view to further
utilizing the proposed hospital infrastructure in future, these hospitals may also take up
other primary health care initiatives, such as general medicine, trauma-care (first aid),
disaster management, livelihood empowerment, epidemiology studies, etc.
For these base hospitals GRACE VISION is looking at
new, greenfield projects, and also at entering into arrangements with existing eye care
infirmaries which need revival, resuscitation, growth acceleration or streamlining. The
ECOS hospital at Berhampur, Orissa, India, the first such hospital, became associated with
us in January 2007, and has already started delivering eye care services.