The Tej Kohli Cornea Institute's main objective is to eliminate Global Corneal Blindness by 2030 and with this in mind would like to raise awareness of this disease and its debilitating impact on families across the world.
Corneal blindness as you will see from the official statistics, are the highest in developing countries. TKCI are aware that these countries have limited resources and given their mass populations, it is important to fully leverage off the available facilities within each territory for maximum impact and at the same time to rally support from the local communities.
To effectively eliminate corneal blindness, a multi layered strategy is required. TKCI recognise that both curable or treatable corneal blindness requires a range of care, including medical treatment, rehabilitation and transplantation with the main strategic focus around prevention, promotion and rehabilitation.
Implementation of Tej Kohli Cornea Institute strategy to eliminate corneal blindness by 2030 will be centred around the following areas:
Impacting treatment moralities where early treatment to prevent cornea issues can be the most effective. The model is to focus on turning the approach from remedial to prevention and reaching the rural areas where the problem is more acute. Real detection early will make a big difference. Reaching millions who have no access to care is the the objective and will have the largest impact.
This is where all other care is provided that is not pure surgical transplants. Infections are common but badly managed and therefore we need to develop systems and medical schools and procedures to manage this process more effectively. Setting up systems of good practice is a very good starting point but of course is difficult to measure impact, given its nature.
Tej Kohli Cornea Institute will train and educate many hundreds of representatives to go out across the field who will help identify and manage the treatment of those affected with the aim of constantly improving systems and processes in place. These representatives will be like mini stand-alone TKCI units whose job it is to educate and treat people.
This is where TKCI will introduce futuristic materials that can help replace donated eye cornea. Tej Kohli Cornea Institute has joined forces with the leading experts in regenerative medicine and has developed new bio material that will eventually have significant impact. There number of transplants being done around the globe each year are not enough compared to the number of existing and new cases arising and this due to the amount of cornea available, the costs of carrying out the transplant and the available expertise. The transplant work can be undone if there is not follow up after care and TKCI are now looking at training Ophthalmologist to provide follow up care which is equally important. The University of New Mexico are using a method to help train and educate other Doctors through using technology and algorithms.
An education programme will be established by TKCI to train and educate Cornea Specialists, Opthomologists and Paramedics.
An investment is being made by TKCI into research programmes for in biosynthetic cornea , stem cells, infections, optics and genetics.
TKCI representatives are travelling across the globe setting up TKCI centres in India, Oman, Costa Rica and many other places etc.
TKCI will organising global forums for debate and collaborating with leading health and eye institutes as well as various governments.The aim is to make TKCI a real global resource centre for the world refer to when it comes to everything Cornea related.