A priority for Vistex Foundation is identifying those most in need throughout the world—particularly in places where aid is hard to come by—and providing access to critical services that can be life-changing. Working with Mission for Vision, we identified just such an opportunity in Khliehriat, an impoverished community in the Meghalaya state of India.
A tremendous lack of access to basic eye care renders people unable to learn, to work, and to engage with basic daily functions. In March of 2018, the new vision center was completed in the community. It will provide 6000 people—including 3600 children—with eye screenings every year. It will also provide eye screening camps outside of the clinic, spread awareness of eye health to more than 9600 people, and perform more than 200 surgeries in the district.
We are incredibly impressed with the work Mission for Vision put into this project, with Dr. Jennifer Basaiawmoit who has taken on the role of Medical Director and community eye health leader, and with the many other community leaders who have worked to support this effort.