LVPEI and global entrepreneur and philanthropist Tej Kohli have joined forces to fight corneal blindness. The Tej Kohli Cornea Institute was inaugurated in December 2015 at LVPEI in Hyderabad by Sri ESL Narasimhan, Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Visual impairment is a public health problem of global proportions, affecting 285 million people across the world out of which 39 million people are blind. Ninety percent of those affected by blindness and severe visual impairment live in the poorest countries in the world, where healthcare resources and infrastructure are limited or poorly distributed. The problem of access and affordability can be tackled only through systematic, long-term efforts that result in widespread availability of high quality facilities for eye care, delivered by people who have the technical skills, the resources and the compassion to handle diverse population segments.
Our 2030 Initiative
Our focus at TKCI is on preventing and controlling corneal blindness.
We aim to accomplish this through the creation of a global network of resource centres. We are developing a network of cornea Institutes regionally and around the world using prevention and treatment strategies, human resources development for the care of corneal problems and research. This will encompass direct impact through service delivery and education and indirect impact through the outcomes of education, research, models, advocacy, plans and policy. This interlinked network will have a global impact on preventable and curable blindness in the world.
Our vision is to control corneal blindness across the globe by 2030 and we are aiming to achieve this in phases:
Phase 1 (2 years)
- Upgrading and doubling of capacity in all of the LVPEI's four academic/tertiary care campuses in patient care, education and research
- Explore and harness technology in the field of cornea disease and blindness
- Assess the magnitude of the problem in areas of impact
Phase 2 (2-8 years)
- Network of cornea centres in India and internationally
- Four regional centres in India
- 10 international centres
- Help in the development of cornea units in medical colleges
Research & Education Innovation (Throughout Phase 1 & 2 and Beyond)
- New techniques of stem cell therapy
- Effective control of corneal infections
- Eye banking model for developing countries
- Technology transfer to corneal preservation media
- Training eye care professionals in the care of corneal transplants
- Primary and secondary eye care interventions for corneal problems
- Corneal transplants in children
- Comprehensive care of end stage of corneal disease
- Preventive strategies at the primary level
About Tej Kohli And The Tej Kohli Foundation
Tej Kohli is a highly successful international businessman, investor and philanthropist. He is best known for his investments in the technology sector with offices and operation in over 20 countries. Kohliís vision is to ensure social impact in everything that he does and to that end, Kohli founded the Tej Kohli Foundation in 2005 with his wife Wendy. The Tej Kohli Foundation is an autonomous, non-profit organization that does not accept donations. Areas of work include treating and preventing corneal blindness, extending educational opportunities, offering midday meals for malnourished children, vocational training for the physically disabled, improving the health of rural communities and empowering women.
The Tej Kohli Foundation is funding the Tej Kohli Cornea Institute (TKCI) where advances in ophthalmology and treatment are being undertaken to control corneal blindness. The Tej Kohli Foundation currently operates in Costa Rica and India, whilst constantly exploring new countries where they can have the most impact on society at large.