‘We set prices not on our costs, but on who can afford to pay how much’
How do you rate your success?
We look at it from two perspectives. From an internal perspective, we rate ourselves to be quite successful when we use indicators like number of patients treated, number of people trained, level of capacity utilisation, financial sustainability, etc.
However, when we look at it from the community perspective we are far from being successful. This comes from our vision—‘Eliminate Needless blindness’—which makes us feel responsible to reach out to a larger community in the immediate surroundings of Aravind and its service area, our country and beyond our country.
Is it only a matter of scale?
While we have made reasonably good progress and have been successful in treating cataract, we are nowhere near being successful in handling other eye conditions including refractive errors. We estimate that less than 10% of those who can benefit by a pair of glasses are wearing them.
Similarly for many other conditions like diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, etc, very little has been done. In addition, there are many parts
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