Saturday, May 8, 2010

Dr P Namperumalswamy in the TIME '100 most influential people in the world' 2010 list

Leading magazine TIME named Padmashree Dr Perumal Namperumal Swamy Ravilla, Chairman of the Aravind Eye Care System, Madurai, to the '2010 TIME 100' list, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The magazine said "Dr Namperumalsamy, 70, and his army of cataract fixers at Aravind eye care hospital can, through a simple surgery, give a blind person eyesight back in less time than it take to read the Magazine."

From 1976, the hospital which was founded with goal of bringing assembly-line efficiency to health care, figured out how to replace cataracts safely and quickly. They had performed 3.6 million Surgeries to date, a new one every 15 minutes.

The magazine also described the business model of the hospital as brilliant as 30 per cent of the patients can afford to pay subsidised free or low cost care for the 70 per cent who are poor.

The writer, Mullaneu co-founder of the 'Smile Trains', which provides more than 125,000 free cleft surgeries per year for children in developing Countries said As I write these words after a long day spent in the slums in India, I cannottell you how much admiration I have for him and his team.
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