There is a growing demand globally for pluralistic healthcare. Health and Tourism, the theme of our journal, is a response to one such trend which we identified almost a decade ago. Increasing disposable income, coupled with growing health issues, means demands for faster and sustainable health solutions, including the integration of systems of medicine, not just in cure but also in other distinct and differentiated areas like in health promotion, health maintenance and disease prevention.
Eye health is one such area where pluralistic approaches offer immense benefits and these advantages and promises are starting to be recognized in India and globally.
Ayurveda & Health Tourism is delighted to learn both about the Arunodaya Trust and Arunodaya Deseret Eye hospital (ADEH) and its work over the decades in and around Gurugram in Haryana in blindness prevention in the community and also in particular work in schools with school children. We are additionally excited to learn of your collaboration with the newly- established All India Institute of Ayurveda, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi.
Our readers will be excited to learn about how the Sethi Family, leaders in eye healthcare in Delhi, has set off on this new direction of linking with the All India Institute of Ayurveda, a key and national-level institute of Ayurveda, inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi last year.
Through this interview our magazine brings to our readers unusual insights of Ayurveda and AYUSH Systems. The interview will also look into the much-needed integration of systems of medicine that practitioners in India and around the world are looking to achieve.
1) About Arunodaya Charitable Trust & Arunodaya Deseret Eye Hospital (ADEH).
Arunodaya Charitable trust (ACT) is a registered, not for profit, public, medical welfare trust, working in the field of curable blindness, in the NCR region of India, since 1990. Arunodaya Deseret Eye Hospital (ADEH) is a unit of ACT. The ethos of ADEH is to be a community- based , world class tertiary eye care institute in Gurugram.
ADEH runs a 3- step approach : It provides free primary eye care through its mobile eye care services in the villages, of the district, and distributes eye medicines and spectacles, wherever indicated. One floor is dedicated to providing subsidized services to the economically- weaker sections of the society. A cross subsidy model enables the profit from the paying section to subsidise the charity services. ACT also manages an eye clinic at a famous temple complex in Mata Ka Mandir, New Delhi.
2) Your role in this venture.
The project was conceived by Drs. Reena & Arun Sethi, renowned Ophthalmic Surgeons, who have a background of doing community work, and started the ADEH in 2006, and Dr. Vaibhav Sethi, after completing his residency in Ophthalmology , from Aravind Eye Hospital , TN, and fellowship in Vitreo-Retina, from LV Prasad Eye institute, Hyderabad, joined ADEH, to assist his parents, in their mission, to reverse the tide of curable blindness, with emphasis on Retinal pathology.
3) About the collaboration between Arunodaya Charitable Trust and All India Institute of Ayurveda.
At present, Arunodaya provides specialised ophthalmic advice & care to patients with specific eye- related problems which require precise intervention (medical / surgical). Team Arunodaya provides their expertise free of cost, to the institute, at present, as part of the ACT mandate, to reach out to the unreached.
4) Reason behind the recent involvement of Ayurveda treatment in your activities.
When the aim is to restore sight, and we share… eye care is the medium, each branch of healthcare adds value. With this in mind and encouragement from the Ophthalmology department, this involvement of Arunodaya with Ayurveda has been possible, and shown spectacular results, in a short span of time.
5) About restoring sight to the poor & needy.
Already 1.5 million needy patients have had their sight restored, by ACT / ADEH. More on website: Reaching The Unreached | Delhi | Arunodaya Charitable Trust
6) Short message on eye hygiene for our readers.
Wash eyes with clean filtered water, and always wash your hands, before touching your eyes.
Never instill eye drops without proper prescription, and if there is any issue, visit the nearest eye care doctor.