India has pioneered high quality, eye care in limited resource settings. These methods have been adapted in a number of countries. However, the demand for eye care often outstrips the capacity of even the efficient hospitals.
ACCESS Health established the ACCESS Health Eye Care Collaborative. The twelve month project brought together leading Indian eye care hospitals to address common challenges, to share knowledge, and to pilot new processes. The results were impressive. On average, the number of outpatients increased by four percent and that of inpatients by thirty four percent. Participating hospitals included Dr. Schroff’s Charity Eye Hospital in Delhi; the Raj Eye Hospital in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh; the Sankar Fundation in Vizag, Andhra Pradesh; the Globe Eye Care Foundation in Bangalore; and the Aravind Eye Hospital in Salem, Tamil Nadu.
We plan to expand the ACCESS Health Eye Care Collaborative to other hospitals in India and in other countries.
The ACCESS Health Eye Care Collaborative was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.
Our technical partners were the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology.