Country of Operation
- Medical Research FoundationGovernment
Target income level
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
- Higher middle-income (60-80%)
- High-income (80-100%)
SummarySankara Nethralya was founded in 1976 by Dr. SS Badrinath with the philosophy of providing charitable eye care services. The hospital has gained international excellence and is acclaimed for its quality care and compassion. Sankara Nethralaya has grown into an institution for ophthalmic care.
Key program components
Sankara Nethralaya has been described by Shri Nani A. Palkivala, an eminent legal expert and former Indian Ambassador to USA, as the "Best Managed Charitable Organization in India." On an average, it sees 1,200 outpatients and performs 100 surgeries every day. In 2003, Sankara Nethralaya started a unique teleophthalmology project in villages within a 100 km radius of Chennai with a mobile bus offering primary eye care. Today, Sankara Nethralaya has over 1000 individuals working for its vision. The program has introduced the “Annual Complimentary Courtesy Master Eye Check-up” aimed at Indians abroad, who are concerned about the visual health of their near and dear relatives/friends living in or visiting India. These check ups are very useful in ensuring healthy eye care.
Sankara Nethralaya also offers a sponsorship program through which a person in the USA can pay USD 100 and nominate two individuals in India who will receive a comprehensive eye examination for that year only.
Sankara Nethralaya has treated 522,730 outpatients and performed 44,751 surgeries.