International Volunteer Opportunities Details

Details for Chennai, India

May 10 - May 30; June 1-31; June 15-July 15; July 1-31; July 15-August 15; August 1-15; August 15-30 (volunteers may participate in more than 1 session)

India

  • There are an estimated 45 million blind people and 135 million visually impaired people worldwide.
  • 80% of blindness is preventable or curable.
  • There are 8.9 million blind people in India. 23.5% of the world's blind live in India.
  • There are 11,000 ophthalmologists, which is 1 ophthalmologist per 95,414 people.
  • Cataract blindness affects 5.3% of adults over the age of 50.
  • 62.4% of bilateral blindness in adults over the age of 50 is due to cataract, which can be cured.