Focus on Bihar – Laxman Eye Hospital
Laxman Eye Hospital, Muzaffarpur district - the most well-known community eye hospital in northern Bihar.
This bustling city hospital carries out extensive and meticulous hut-to-hut screening in rural areas of four districts and in the slums of Muzaffarpur. They have carried out over 100,000 cataract operations, restoring sight to around 25,000 people each year.
We helped establish a paediatric unit. Just as in the UK, much of paediatric work involves the ability to accurately test the vision of children and ensure that they do not require glasses in order to see well. Babul, seen below with 8 year-old Aaditya, is a trained paediatric ophthalmic assistant and part of LEH’s stable, loyal team.
Excerpt from Outgrowing the Big : sight for India’s blind and a new way of seeing the world.
'If Babul were European, western-educated and fluent in English he might one day be invited to Davos to address the rich elite on how to change the world…except that he would suggest that they get off the ski slopes and visit (the slums of) Purani Gudri. Super alert to the inequalities within Indian society, Babul even addresses his own slightly privileged life….”poor people have always been exploited …the only way we can gain their trust is by coming amongst them, working with them. And then providing the best treatment. Ever.’”
NB Extensive information about this long-term Second Sight partner appears on the website of a new UK-based charity calling itself Friends Against Poverty. Both Second Sight and LEH would like to make it clear that we have no connection with this organisation and have asked for all information about Second Sight and the LEH to be removed from their website.