The World Health Organization says that childhood cataract is one of the most common causes of blindness in children. Around the world, between 5% and 20% of all cases of blindness in children is due to cataract. Most of the 200,000 blind children live in the developing world, where there are 1.5 cases of childhood cataracts for every 1,000 live births. However, there are only 0.3 cases for every 1,000 live births in the UK and USA.
Tej Kohli is on a mission to help these children who are the world’s future to see clearly and perfectly with his Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation.
Activities of the Organization
The Tej Kohli and Ruit Foundation aims to treat 1,000 children with cataract blindness by 2026. The foundation’s goal is to cut the number of children with blindness by 25% in Nepal and by 0.5% around the world. Since its progress in 2021, the Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation has screened 52,541 people and cured 4,243 cascade blindness at a microsurgical outreach camp. Patients get free checkups and free eye surgery from Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation. Moreover, the use of the latest technology in surgery, backed by AI and robotics, allows the procedure to be completed within seven minutes.
Why Focus on Children?
While the Tej Kohli foundation works to eradicate blindness across all ages, the focus is on children. If children with congenital cataracts don’t get treatment right away, they can go blind. In terms of social and economic growth, the benefits of spending money on preventing, treating and curing cataract blindness in children are worth more than 1,500 times what they cost. Also, they are the future of the world. With the increasing rate of the older generation, treating the children and offering them a better life is essential for our and the next generation’s sustainability.
Meet Tej Kohli
Tej Kohli is an investor and entrepreneur who lives in London. His goal is to end corneal blindness around the world by 2035. During the dot-com boom, he first became successful by selling technology solutions and e-commerce payment software. Later, he turned to investing in real estate in technology hubs. Tej Kohli graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur (IITK).
A Foundation and a School
Kohli has made it his life’s work to find a cure for corneal blindness. Through the non-profit eye foundation he and his wife started, he also helped individuals interested in studying but could not get the required education due to a lack of funds. Even though he has already made a name for himself globally, finding a cure will put him in history books for years to come.
Next-generation of Entrepreneurs
Kohli is very interested in helping young business owners. Several people he helped started businesses that did very well. His company, Kohli Ventures, lead his capitalist endeavours. He hopes that the money he puts into AI will directly affect the other global health issues he cares about. By advancing robotics and computers, they can now improve worldwide health and maybe even find a cure for corneal blindness. Kohli works on many interests, but all lead to making the world a better place.
Life With a Family in London
Apart from being a philanthropist, educator, and business investor, Tej Kohli has a happy married life and is the father of two teenagers. He also likes to ballroom dance and drive cars in his free time. Even though he works and travels worldwide, he and his family are based in London.
A Bit About Dr Ruit
The Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation has a restricted fund run by Prism the Gift Fund; the UK registered charity of 1099682. It has brought together Dr Sanduk Ruit and technologist and patron Tej Kohli to fight the high rate of blindness caused by cataracts by treating people directly at the grassroots level on a vast new scale.
One of Mr Kohli’s goals is to help young entrepreneurs in developing countries like India make their dreams come true. He ensures that the products these innovators make see the light of the day so they can change the world. Instead, use technology and product advancement to cure blindness and fight poverty.