Orbis brings Bihar its first Children's Eye Center

April 2019

Till date, 32 CECs have been established with Orbis support across 17 states of the country as part of Orbis’ India Childhood Blindness Initiative (ICBI).
The CEC at AJEH is the 33rd such center supported by Orbis and the first Children’s Eye Center in the state of Bihar.

Orbis has launched a new initiative in Bihar, along with Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital (AJEH) to reduce avoidable blindness and visual impairment among rural children in the state by developing affordable, sustainable, high quality child eye care services covering six districts.

Unveiling of the Children's Eye Center by Orbis President and CEO, Bob Ranck

Largest network of Children's Eye Centers

Till date, 32 CECs have been established with Orbis support across 17 states of the country as part of Orbis’ India Childhood Blindness Initiative (ICBI). This remains the largest network of dedicated Children Eye Centers in the world. The CEC at AJEH is the 33rd such center supported by Orbis and the first Children’s Eye Center in the state of Bihar. For pediatric eye care, this child-friendly center has been developed at AJEH to provide comprehensive services to children in the six districts.

In India, Orbis has created the largest network of Children's Eye Centers in the world

We are very happy to launch Bihar’s first Children’s Eye Center. With every new effort such as this, we are slowly, but definitely inching towards realizing our dream of seeing a nation where no child is needlessly blind or visually impaired.

Dr. Rahul Ali

Country Director, Orbis

Addressing Sustainable Development Goals

The Akhand Jyoti - Orbis Comprehensive Childhood Blindness Project is one that will help address five of the sustainable development goals. A child helped through this project will be able to see better which will help her/him to perform better academically giving him a fair opportunity to have a better career; the child's family will earn more, and as a ripple effect a community has the potential to flourish in the long run as a result.

The initiative also gives every child from every socio-economic background equal care. It hopes to break the barriers a child and her/his family has in accessing quality eye care.

We firmly believe that irrespective of a person’s capacity to pay, s/he should have access to world-class treatment. This initiative will contribute towards ensuring this. In the coming years, we hope to see every child in Bihar being able to access quality eye care services in their own community, regardless of their social or economic background.

Mr. Mritunjay Tiwary

Founder and Head, Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital