Muriel Interviews Dr Nam, Chairman-Emeritus of Aravind, a Hilton Humanitarian Prize Laureate – Part 2
Founded in 1976 by Dr. G. Venkataswamy with the mission to eliminate needless blindness, Aravind is the largest and most productive eye care facility in the world. Taking its compassionate services to the doorstep of rural India, Aravind’s stunningly effective strategies vaulted barriers of distance, poverty and ignorance to create a self-sustaining system. In the year ending March 2010, over 2.5million out patients were treated and over 300,000 surgeries were performed.
Today the Aravind Eye Care System encompasses eye hospitals, a manufacturing center for ophthalmic products, an international research foundation and a resource and training center that is revolutionizing hundreds of eye care programs across the developing world.
‘Intelligence and capability are not enough. There must also be the joy of doing something beautiful. Being of service to God and humanity means going well beyond the sophistication of the best technology, to the humble demonstration of courtesy and compassion to each patient’.- Dr.G.Venkataswamy
At Aravind one finds, combined with modern technology and management practices, a measure of compassionate spirituality, an awareness beyond the matter-of-fact, and the impetus of a mission. Read More
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