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  • Aravind Eye Care System

    2 June 2013

    A. The main facts about the activities of the company.
    Dr Govindappa Venkataswamy was 58 when he founded Aravind Eye Care Hospital, an ophthalmological hospital with several locations in India. He wanted to create a service model like that of McDonalds, a model that could train people to produce the same product in the same way in hundreds of places; he wanted to provide standardized eye care services with efficiency, and his mission was clear: to eradicate needless blindness.
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Sector: Human health and social work activities

Official website: http://www.aravind.org

Key figures:

• 45 million people are blind worldwide, 12 of them living in India
• Over 80% of this blindness is needless
• Aravind’s eye hospitals have seen a total of nearly 32 million patients in 36 years and performed nearly 4 million eye surgeries
• When Aravind started it had 11 beds, nowadays it has 5 working hospitals
• The UK does around 500,000 eye surgeries a year, Aravind does about 300,000 ( 60%). However, it costs the UK £1.6 billion, while it costs Aravind less than 1% of that.

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