Charity Profile: Sankara Nethralaya
Touted as both “the best eye hospital” and “best managed charitable organization” in India, Sankara Nethralaya serves as an important part of India’s growing health care system. Ashok Bagdy recognizes the need for quality medical services in India, especially in the impoverished areas. As an executive who specializes in outsourcing services, Bagdy utilizes his expertise on behalf of organizations like Sankara Nethralaya.
Sankara Nethralaya, which translates to “temple of the eye,” began as an idea put forth by His Holiness Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, the Sankaracharya of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, in conference with a number of Indian medical professionals over 35 years ago. Just two years later, under the organizational leadership of Dr. Sengamedu Srinivasa Badrinath and through a host of philanthropic endowments, the non-profit, charitable hospital was brought into being.
The main objective of Sankara Nethralaya rests in providing high-quality ophthalmological care and treatment to those in need, while simultaneously promoting education, research, and awareness of ocular health concerns. Additionally, Sankara Nethralaya established, at its inception, the CU Shah Ophthalmic Postgraduate Training Center, where students and doctors learn the latest developments in eye care technology and treatments. The center’s programs include a fellowship in general ophthalmology, a course in cataract surgery, and a curriculum for earning ophthalmology, microbiology, and biochemistry PhDs. In addition to offering postgraduate training, the center conducts the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons examination and offers a variety of interactive summer training programs.
On Sankara Nethralaya’s website, the organization shares resources with patients regarding the symptoms of potential eye diseases, terms one might encounter at an examination, and the names of tests as well as what they involve. The group also publishes a number of documents for practitioners and potential patients to increase awareness of the latest advancements in the field and to help individuals learn more about their ocular health. Healthcare advocates like Ashok Bagdy proudly support Sankara Nethralaya in its mission of bringing quality ophthalmological care to the people of India. To find out more about Sankara Nethralaya, visit www.sankaranethralaya.org.