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Free Eye Camp at Varanasi

A recent collaborative effort of Eye Foundation Of America, Goutami Eye Institute and SDGChoupal flagship initiative of the Nagrik Foundation & Rotary International RCGP RID 3011 .

Led by Dr VK Raju Founder President Eye Foundation Of America ,DeepakDwivedi Chairman Nagrik Foundation, Dr. Abhishek Chandra and Vinita Chandra Founder Chandra Eye Care, RtnSandeepp Saxena Director RCGP RID 3011 .They saw over 500 patients and selected 58 patients for surgeries. 18 have already been successfully operated on .

This marks the beginning of a massive campaign in UP state along with Rotary International and other stake holders to support screening of school children leaving no child behind said Dr VK Raju who is on a global mission “ World Without Childhood Blindness ”

Eye Foundation of America: Dedicated to elimination of avoidable blindness in children worldwideand, in India. Dr. VK Raju, an internationally reputed ophthalmologist, is founder and president of the Eye Foundation of America.

EFA began its work in 1979 in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA. EFA grew out of his earlier work providing services and treatment near his birthplace in Rajahmundry, a town in Southeast India’s Andhra Pradesh. Raju organized teams to go to remote areas and deliver eye care in areas where there otherwise were none. These traveling clinics were known as “eye camps.” (Eye camps remain a standard part of the Foundation’s services today.)

The SDGChoupal (flagship initiative of Nagrik Foundation) is a collective community initiative launched on 20 Dec 2019 at The NITI Aayog New Delhi, supported by Dr Ambedkar International Centre, Ministry of Social Justice Govt. of India, MSME Govt. of India, NSIC, RIS, TERI, Nagrik Dialogue, UN-Habitat, FICCI-ARISE India, CII India@75, WHO, UNESCAP, ONGC, GCNI, BSE Samman, KPMG, Akshayapatra Foundation, Rotary International, Commonwealth Secretariat in collaboration with other stake holders. 

It is dedicated to support the national and state Governments, and institutions on advocacy and community engagement for SDG implementation in India. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 goals and 169 targets that all 193 UN Member States, including India have committed to achieve between 2016 and 2030. 

Based on the basic principle of engaging people with policy makers, the initiative endeavours to create awareness about the SDG Agenda, empower and inspire people across the communities to enable achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while generating political will, and help make the Goals attainable by 2030.

In our continuing mission to educate people about their role and responsibilities, and to make SDG Agenda a reality in India, NITI Aayog has been our inspiring partner since the launch of the initiative.

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