In May 1977, inspired by the Sankaracharyas of Kanchi, Dr.R.V. Ramani and his wife, Dr. Radha Ramani set up a Primary Health Care Centre for the needy at Coimbatore. With the help of Doctors offering voluntary services and the support of Coimbatore’s Resident Community, the service grew to 12 Medical Centres in 9 states serving 1000 patients every day.

BEGINNINGS

In 1985, Dr. Ramani’s attention was drawn to the tangible difference the “Gift of Vision” could make. More than 80% of blindness is preventable and curable. Sankara Eye Hospital was started with the mission to eradicate needless blindness. Under the aegis of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust. In keeping with Mahatma Gandhi’s dictum, ‘India lives in the villages’, in 1990, Dr. R.V. Ramani launched Gift of Vision – High quality, cost effective, readily available eye care at the doorsteps of Rural India. With the support of Rotary International and Rotary Coimbatore Central, through a Health, Hunger and Humanity Grant for the first time in India the “Gift of Vision” programme was initiated. The Model aims at providing World Class eye care totally free of cost to 80 % of the population and through paid services for 20 % which in turn subsidises the total cost of treatment.

“More than 8O% of blindness is preventable and curable. Sankara was started with the mission to eradicate needless blindness.”

NATIONAL REPLICATION

Replicating the sustainable Model was the next big dream of Dr R.V. Ramani. In 2002 a grand vision of replicating the sustainable eye care model across the country was envisaged. His relentless pursuit towards enabling sight for the less-fortunate brought International support: Sankara Eye Foundation established in USA became an integral part of the Sankara’s vision for National replication and that led to the first replication outside Coimbatore in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. Today with the strong commitment towards eradicating curable blindness 12 Super Speciality Sankara Eye Hospitals have been set up across 9 states of the country.

JOURNEY OF A MILLION SMILES & BEYOND

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1977

Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Centre

Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Centre, a Primary Health Care Initiative at Coimbatore.

1981

Expanding reach – 9 such Medical Centres

Expanding reach – 9 such Medical Centres, in and around Coimbatore treating around 1000 patients every day.

1982

Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust

Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust was formalised with 3 Founder Trustees to carry forward the vision of Sankara.

1985

Pioneered Eye Banking with Sankara Eye Bank

Pioneered Eye Banking with Sankara Eye Bank established at Rao Hospital, Coimbatore.

1986

Sankara Eye Centre, Coimbatore

Sankara Eye Centre, Coimbatore: The utopia of establishing a speciality hospital became a reality on a land gifted by Sri. N. Nataraj.

1998

Sankara Eye Foundation – USA

Sankara Eye Foundation – USA established by like-minded Visionaries.

2004

Krishna Arpanam

“Krishna Arpanam” – Sankara Eye Hospital, Krishnankovil.

2004

First replication in Andhra Pradesh

First replication in Andhra Pradesh – 225 bed Sankara Eye Hospital, Guntur.

2008

First foray into a metro – Sankara Eye Hospital, Bangalore

First foray into a metro – Sankara Eye Hospital, Bangalore, a 225-bed hospital and training centre at Bangalore, Karnataka.

2008

Land Gifts to Sankara Eye Hospital, Shimoga

40 families from Shimoga gift land towards Sankara Eye Hospital, Shimoga: A 225-bed hospital to serve central and coastal Karnataka.

2008

Sankara Eye Hospital, Anand

Sankara Eye Hospital, Anand: A 225 bed hospital in the state of Gujarat

2012

Sankara Eye Hospital, Ludhiana

Sankara Eye Hospital, Ludhiana: The largest eye hospital in Punjab is inaugurated.

2013

Year of the Millionth Eye Surgery

Year of the Millionth Eye Surgery: Sankara completes its millionth free eye surgery with Shanthi, a 35 year old weaver.

2014

Sankara Eye Hospital, Kanpur

Sankara Eye Hospital, Kanpur – established to serve the needy State of Uttar Pradesh.

2017

Sankara Eye Hospital, Jaipur

Sankara Eye Hospital, Jaipur – the magic of light touches the State of Rajasthan.

2020

Sankara Eye Centre, Indore

Sankara Eye Centre, Indore – established to serve the needy State of Madhya Pradesh.

2021

RJ Sankara Eye Hospital

RJ Sankara Eye Hospital – established to serve the needy State of Maharashtra.

Each of the Board of Trustees shares a special bond with Sankara’s vision and brings with him/her rich years of experience in their respective fields. They are an integral part of Sankara’s movement to bring world-class eye care to everyone across India. Learn more about their history and role at Sankara below.

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