HelpMeSee India Foundation
HelpMeSee eradicates cataract blindness across India.
Work and Achievements
HelpMeSee is a non-profit committed to eliminating blindness caused by untreated cataract – the leading cause of blindness globally. Back in 2010, the World Heath Organization estimated that 20 million people are blind in both eyes due to cataract. India has one of the largest populations of blind people in the world. A cataract surgery takes only five minutes and not just restores the dignity of an individual but also brings cheer to the family.
HelpMeSee was founded in 2010. So far, by building strong partnerships with hospitals and the local government, HelpMeSee has helped to eradicate the cataract surgical backlog from Chitrakoot, Hamirpur, Banda, Satna and Panna, in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. It has arranged and subsidized around 150,000 surgeries in India.
By utilizing high fidelity virtual reality simulation adapted from commercial aviation, HelpMeSee will be providing the high-quality training to specialists in Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS). Simulation not only improves their surgical skills but also enhances patient safety and reduces training time significantly.
HelpMeSee has developed an android-based Smartphone App—the REACH App, which helps health workers locate patients for further screening. In addition, HelpMeSee is developing pre-sterilized, single-use surgical kits to reduce infection caused by contaminated instruments. Surgical results are monitored through a cloud-based monitoring system.
Fund Utilisation Statement
Funds raised through the ADHM 2016 will be used for eradicating cataract blindness in India through training. Beneficiaries are the rural and urban poor who currently have little or no access to affordable high quality care.