Women are at the heart of so many of our projects. From the palliative care nurses that travel hours across rural India to treat patients in their homes; the indigenous women preserving and passing down their traditional knowledge to future generations; the change-makers within NGOs spear-heading innovative solutions to the climate crisis; and the young women in Bihar studying to qualify in optometry and challenging gender stereotypes, the role of women across our projects forms an essential part of their continued success.
It is with immense joy we announce that on the occasion of World Sight Day 2020, the new ‘Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital – Savitri Waney Charitable Eye Centre’ was inaugurated and opened to patients. Specifically chosen for its location, the new 60-bed hospital has been designed to serve a particularly underprivileged region of Bihar, offering curative and preventive eye care services – both affordable and accessible – to communities most in need.
Savitri’s Director, Maggie Gardner, reflects on her recent visit to Uttar Pradesh, meeting families being supported by our recent programme partner, Emmanuel Hospital Association.
The Waney family remain passionate about delivering our vision of a cataract free Bihar and together with the Savitri team and our partners in India, we are working on plans to turn this vision into a reality.