Sagar Trust came into being in 2009. As young doctors,
most of us were given a freer hand when treating poorer patients
as compared to wealthier private patients. Most of these poor
people were very gracious - they thanked and blessed us profusely
for any good outcomes and took the blame on themselves and
their destiny when outcomes were less than successful. As
we became more skilled we were increasingly allowed to handle
the richer patients and our success was judged by the economic
standing of the group that we were assigned to deal with.
This did not seem fair; the poor who had aided our early learning,
deserved our skills the most. I was determined that a considerable
part of my experience should be shared with those whom
I will always remain indebted to for my skills - those poor
patients. My husband, Kapil and I formed the trust so that
over the years many poor people benefit from the expertise
of skilled ophthalmologists and optometrists.
trust is quite different in that its main thrust is in the
specialised area of oculoplasty which deals with the ocular
adnexa (the area around the eyes). This field includes all
disesases of the lids, bony socket, soft tissues around eyes,
lacrimal system, thyroid eye disease and also cosmetic surgery.
Most current charitable infrastructure is geared to cataract
surgery. Oculoplastic surgeons are relatively few in number
and these surgeries typically take far longer to perform than
cataract surgery. For these reasons the underpriviledged do
not have easy access to free/subsidised oculoplastic procedures.
The trust attempts to provide this.
of our main concerns is that most of the donations should
actually reach the intended beneficiary. We intend to
spend as little as possible on overheads by using our existing
infrastructure and keep overhead costs to a minimum.
board currently has eight trustees of high standing and
repute who are experts in their respective fields. We expect
the collective energy and ideas to produce excellent results.
We hope that over the years Sagar trust becomes a well-respected
name, synonymous with quality work and a high standard of
ethics and transparency.