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      Our Dream / Our Vision

      Looking at the magnitude of the problem in Eye Care in our society, Laxmi Charitable Trust wants to expand all the activities for which the space is major constraint. Laxmi Charitable Trust is looking for a place of at least 2000 sq. meter where following activities can be conducted in more organised manner.


      Project Outline:

      AIMS & OBJECTIVES

      1. To be a center of excellence, providing high quality eye care to all segments of the population irrespective of their financial status.
      2. To extend the services of quality eye care in the community especially the underserved areas.
      3. To provide the platform for quality training to eye care professionals in the latest eye care therapeutic and delivery systems.
      4. To undertake research in the causation of eye diseases and evolve effective treatment strategies.
      5. To undertake strategies for systemic rehabilitation of the victims of incurable blindness and visible impairment.


      THE EYE HOSPITAL

      It is the nucleus of the Institute’s activities and is designed along the lines of the finest hospitals of the modern times. While cherishing the aim of providing quality eye care to the underprivileged, the Hospital shall stand up as a self-sustaining unit while ensuring non-discriminatory treatment to paying and non-paying patients alike.

      The diagnostic areas are situated on the ground floor, covering over 22,000 square feet, having well equipped examination rooms for different specialists to visit and examine the patient in one place. The hospital is supported by six state-of-the-art operation theatres, covering over 18,000 square feet.

      The Hospital shall consist of advanced clinical outfit with latest technology equipments to diagnose and test a wide range of eye disorders, with a team of well-trained and dedicated doctors representing all ophthalmic sub-specialties. They would be supported by a highly competent support staff. Centres for eye care specialization in Cataract, Squint, Glaucoma, Cornea, Contact lens, Refractive surgery, Oculoplasty, Ophthalmic Neuropathy, Retina, and Paediatric Ophthalmology etc. would be set up in the hospital.



      EYE BANK

      This shall be established to assist in the eye donation movement and shall have the following aim: -

      1. Collecting, harvesting and distributing corneas for transplantation
      2. To motivate the families of the deceased to make eye donation.
      3. Participate in research studies on cornea transplantation and eye banking techniques.
      4. Train various cadres of Eye Bank professionals


      EDUCATION

      INTERNATIONAL STANDARD COLLEGE of OPTOMETRY

      WHO has already identified the need for an Eye Care pyramid to be able to get to “Vision 2020”. The need for creating excellent optometrists cannot be overemphasized. We have realized the importance of training this group of professionals, to help reach out to the aging blind and visually handicapped population.. We are successfully running a degree course in Optometry & are affiliated to the IACLE & the Indian Optometry Association. We hope to take this education on to a higher level, & thus tackle blindness at all the levels.

      This Centre aims to improve the efficiency of eye-care professionals by starting a post graduate degree in optometry & fellowships in various subspecialties of optometry in addition to expanding the facilities for basic degree & diploma courses.

      We are successfully running Post graduate Diploma & Degree courses in ophthalmology, together with subspeciality fellowships in different disciplines. This facility of training will be further expanded.

      It shall have an audio-visual unit to facilitate the trainees to view live surgical procedures from the lecture hall.


      Library Facility:

      • Well stocked library with our own excellent surgical videos & with access to the most recent information through Medline and the internet.
      • Surgical wet laboratory for the trainees.
      • Produce eye-care films for public awareness.
      • Play educational entertainment videos for patients in waiting areas.

      TRAINING OF PRACTICING OPHTHALMOLOGISTS

      We plan training a whole new generation of young practicing ophthalmologists, with the state of the art equipment and techniques.



      “SIGHT ENHANCEMENT” – (LOW VISION) CENTER

      It shall provide comprehensive low vision care and shall enhance the quality of life of people with low vision and those who are classified as legally blind.

      The extent of the handicap resulting from visual impairment depends not only on the physical abilities of individuals but on variety of other factors. Among the disabilities resulting from low vision is diminished ability to read, to recognize faces or to be aware of the surrounding environment.

      The center shall aim at promoting an integrated education system, networking with national and international organizations engaged in the field of conducting research and development for vision rehabilitation and manufacture of high quality low-cost optical aids, to be provided to those with low vision.



      SCHOOL FOR BLIND

      Education, Training and Rehabilitation are the three most important necessities to a blind individual for the betterment of his/her life. There are about 60 schools available in Maharashtra for the education of the blind and unfortunately not more than 3,000 blind children are taking education in these Schools. We propose to start a residential school for visually challenged children, with all basic amenities. The children in the school will be provided with food, clothing & health care. Apart from education, they will also learn vocational skills, life skills and will be imparted knowledge of using computers. They will be made independent individuals who will contribute fruitfully to society.


      REHABILITATION OF BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED

      This is aimed to provide

      1. Necessary guidance and support to those who have incurable eye problems.
      2. To train resource persons and field workers in vision rehabilitation services.
      3. To provide counselling and guidance to the parents and relatives of the blind and visually handicapped children

      RESEARCH CENTRE

      This Centre is envisioned to encourage the input of advanced research based development into eye-care.

      It will aim to identify causal mechanisms behind several eye care disorders with special focus on the areas of national and regional concern, and to develop effective therapeutic and preventive measures to counter them.


      CENTRE FOR COMMUNITY EYE CARE AND OUTREACH PROGRAMS

      Community eye service is fundamental to our strategy in improving the ocular health of the society. It shall emphasize on a comprehensive plan for providing promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative eye care services to the community. The approach involves a holistic view of community ocular health and takes into account environmental factors like sanitation, clean water supply, behavioural and lifestyle patterns of the people.

      The Institute envisages establishing a network of outreach clinics / primary vision centres across the region to provide high quality accessible ophthalmic services at the doorsteps of our patients. We shall be looking at providing services through a mobile ophthalmic van, which will be capable of doing a complete comprehensive ophthalmic check-up.


      Area requirement for all these activities are presented in a separate sheet.

      Project Management at Laxmi Charitable Trust:

      The project management set up at Laxmi Charitable Trust includes Architects, Design Engineer, Project Manager, who are well worse in building tertiary eye care centers and such projects.


      Scope of Service – Planning, Designing & Construction:

      The planning, Designing & construction phase is one of the most important phases in setting up a hospital. This phase lay basis for an operationally efficient hospital capable of serving patients in most optimal way. The phase includes:


      • Schematic design stage
      • Design development stage
      • Tender stage
      • Construction stage
      • Equipment & Surgical Instruments planning & procurement stage
      • Medical furniture planning & procurement stage
      • Contractual Service finalization
      • Essential requirement finalization, which are unique for hospital (stationary, uniform, Lennon, OT fumigation requirements, etc.)
      • Regulatory & Licensing requirements
      • Medical professional recruitments

      Scope of Service – Operation of the Hospital:

      • Day today Management
      • Standard protocols & procedures
      • Accreditation
      • Academic training
      • Outreach programs
      • Continuous Medical Education
      • Management of Laxmi College of Optometry
      • Management of Blind School
      • Management of Rehabilitation Center

      Assumptions:

      1. Working day in a financial year: 300
      2. OPD & Surgery growth assumed in year 1 to 5

      Proposed Scope of Investment:

      Investment year 0 year 1 year 2 year 3 year 4 year 5
      Project Investment 15 1 1.25 1.50
      Working capital 5 6 6.5 7.3 8

      *Values in INR crores

      ALLIANCES
      VDC, London Helpage India Swades Foundation Being Human Rotary International SKS Chakshu Foundation Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University
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