We at the Tej Kohli Foundation have been working across India, with a local team of volunteers and medical professionals, towards our 2030 goal of eradicating corneal blindness. In this first phase, we have been offering cornea transplants within local communities to those who otherwise would remain cast out of society, so they can once more be integrated, contribute towards be financially independent and be given hope for the future.
My wife and I have supported this life changing programme from our own wealth as we recognize it is our duty to support those less fortunate than ourselves. The Tej Kohli Foundation has attracted dedicated volunteers, who work tirelessly to deliver this vision with passion, hard work and immense pride, without whom we would not have been able to deliver the programmes we need.
Today, we are proud to announce Tej Kohli Foundationís second phase of eliminating corneal blindness. By initially donating USD $1mln dollars towards the continuation of this work, the Tej Kohli Cornea Institute (TKCI) has been founded in partnership with the L V Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad and its medical team represented by Dr Virender Sangwan.
Working together with the hospital and The Tej Kohli Cornea Institute is world renowned Dr May Griffith and her team, leaders in the field of ophthalmic research and the development of innovative new technologies that will allow us to move away from cornea relying on cornea donations to using synthetic cornea lenses.
The Tej Kohli Foundationís support of the Tej Kohli Cornea Institute is a long-term commitment that will move more rapidly towards eliminating the blight of blindness. The TKCI will also explore revolutionary medical advances and their wider application across the field of ophthalmology.