NANRITAM , a not for profit welfare organization, upon undertaking the integrated rural development project in the extreme remote, underdeveloped and tribal villages of Purulia , West Bengal, realized that eye problems especially cataract induced blindness is a major health issue among the concerned population. Lack of awareness (that the eye problem is treatable) coupled with absence of proper medical services was pushing significant proportion of the concerned population into the realm of darkness. Handicapped by loss of sight, the affected people ceased to remain a productive member of the society and hence became a burden for their families and society at large.
NANRITAM, in an effort to provide timely medical intervention and prevent needless blindness launched an eye-care programme in 2006 from a mud hut based in Para block of Purulia. The programme started off as monthly clinics by the ophthalmologists travelling from Kolkata. The cataract cases detected at the clinics were taken to Kolkata where operations were performed at surgeon's city based eye-care centre and patients were then brought back to their base villages. Increase in quantum of cataract cases detected demanded that facilities be set-up in Para itself to perform the surgeries. The first step towards this horizon was setting up of a 6 bedded eye-care hospital at Para in 2008. Today, the humble 6 bedded eye-care initiative has taken the shape of a 100 bedded Tertiary level, Referral eye-care Super-Specialty Hospital -- Lokeswarananda Eye Foundation.
Lokeswarananda Eye Foundation now has the necessary technical and infrastructural competence to provide advanced high quality and quantity eye-care services. At base hospital, Lokeswarananda Eye Foundation currently runs cataract clinics, glaucoma clinics, squint clinics and retina clinics. The outreach activities of Lokeswarananda Eye Foundation cover LWE blocks of Purulia, Bankura and Paschim Medinipur , non LWE blocks of same districts in West Bengal and some areas of Jharkhand . In the past financial year, Lokeswarananda Eye Foundation has touched and changed the lives of over 1,18,000 patients and has conducted a total of 1082 out-reach camps.