Shri Sadguru Seva Sangh Trust (SSSST) has conducted over 1.7 million ophthalmic surgeries since it was set up in 1968. One of its hospitals (SNC) was Indias first eye hospital to perform more than 1 lakh cataract surgeries in a year. It is the largest NGO in the field of eradication of blindness and presently works in Madhya Pradesh (M.P.), Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Besides its focus on eye care, the trust has also extended its support to general health, education, women empowerment, cattle, dairy farms, and earth care.
SSSST has set-up two state-of-the-art eye hospitals in M.P., Sadguru Netra Chikitsalaya (SNC) and Sadguru Sankalp Netra Chikitsalaya (SSNC). These are equipped with world class infrastructure, modern amenities, and equipment to provide high quality and low cost sustainable eye services in remote locations. The two hospitals between them have a total capacity of over 2,200 beds. Its team of 70 well trained and qualified ophthalmologists performed over 1,70,000 ophthalmic surgeries in FY15.
The Trust has 41 vision centres spread across 27 districts and around 3,500 outreach camps were conducted during FY15. In its capacity as a training partner, the Trust has trained over 1,300 Government ophthalmologists under Ministry of Health’s National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB). Besides this, the organization regularly conducts training programs for ophthalmologists, ophthalmic technicians, opticians, clinical assistants, health care managers, etc. in order to create an adequate workforce of trained manpower in the Indian eye care industry.
SSSST runs two general hospitals with the aim of promoting preventive and curative measures for common health problems at an affordable cost. Over 90% of the services provided at the hospital are free of cost. The hospitals, between them, have 170 beds and treat over 2.5 lakh patients every year. In the field of education, the Trust runs a number of elementary, secondary, and vocational institutes which cover school education, nursing, paramedical science, computer education, Sanskrit education, and music. During the year, over 3,500 students benefitted through these education initiatives.