Vision Share announced that it has signed a contract with Orbit Health Care Services to distribute corneal tissue to the hospital’s locations in seven African countries: Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia operating under the brand name “Dr. Agarwal’s Health Care Limited."
“Dr. Agarwal’s Health Care Limited” has served patients for 60 years, expanding from its roots in Chennai, India, to 70 locations in India and 12 other countries. The hospitals offer the full range of ophthalmology services, including state-of-the-art corneal transplant procedures. The hospital’s chairman, Dr. Amar Agarwal, invented pre-Descemet’s endothelial keratoplasty (PDEK), in which the surgeon replaces only the cornea’s innermost layers.
“In Africa, shortages of corneal tissue are common. Many patients spend years on waiting lists for tissue or do not get treatment at all," Dr. Agarwal said in a company news release. "Through our agreement with Vision Share, we hope that our hospitals in Africa will become a source of hope and restored vision for people living with corneal blindness.”
“We are proud to partner with Orbit Health Care Services Limited, known internationally for their exceptional physicians and standard of care,” says Philip I. Waitzman, Vision Share President and CEO. “In our ongoing work in Africa, Vision Share is taking the fight against curable blindness to some of its traditional strongholds. With the help of Orbit Health Care Services Limited, we can make a difference for people in these seven African countries. The project inspires hope and dedication in our Vision Share team.”
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