Aravind Eye Hospital
About the Organisation
Under the leadership of Dr. G. Venkataswamy
(also known as Dr V), Aravind Eye Hospital was founded in
Madurai in 1976 with the mission to eliminate needless
blindness . Now in its 29th year, Aravind's innovative eye
care delivery system is recognised as a model for other
developing countries. Much importance is given to ensure that
all patients are accorded the same care and high quality
service, regardless of their economic status. As a result of
a unique fee system and effective management, Aravind is able
to provide free eye care to two-thirds of its patients from
the revenue generated from the other third of its paying
Aravind follows the principle that large
volume, high quality service result in low cost and
self-sustainability. Aravind's network of hospitals has the
distinction of being the most productive eye care
organisation in the world, in terms of surgical volume and
the number of patients treated.
With less than one percent of the country's
ophthalmic manpower, Aravind performs about five percent of
all cataract surgeries in India.
The Aravind Board
The majority of Aravindís Board primarily comprises
members of the founderís extended family or people who
have been close associates of the same
- Dr V believes
that for the task ahead of Aravind Eye, it requires people
who understand the commitment that is required and must
possess the passion for the same.
- Most of the Board members have grown with the
organisation and usually as staff.
- It is important that the Board understand the
organisation within its historical context and the
implications of the same for the future.
- Board members of Aravind contribute to the core ethos of
the organisation in the way that they function.
- All Board members are individuals who have either served
as staff in the organisation or continue to do so in
- All the skills required by the Board of Aravind are
represented on the Board and these range from financial
management to expertise in hospital management, issues of
- Staff is encouraged to interact with the Board at all
times since only they will be able to bring to the Board
the situation on the ground so to speak
- Communication is open and transparent and conflicts are
usually resolved through discussion and dialogue.
- Sometimes external help from consultants is sought to
help the Board in certain areasÖbut this is very
contextual and situation specific.
- The Aravind Board is very proactive, committed and
involved in offering hands on guidance and advise to all
senior staff in the execution of the strategic plan.
Aravind Eye Hospitals maybe contacted at
Aravind Eye Hospital [Madurai] 1, Anna Nagar,
Madurai - 625 020, Tamilnadu, India Phone: +91-452-535
6100,253 2653-7 E-mail: