The hospital located in Jodhpur, is in the Indian State of Rajasthan. Built in 1986 with the help of many well wishers around the world including much support from Rotary Clubs under the direction and guidance of Dr Navin Desai FRCS, the founder.
Dr Navin Desai’s two sons both followed their father into becoming eye surgeons. Today, they are the driving force behind the many free eye camps held for the poorest of the poor people, in the Rajasthan region of India, who are afflicted with cataracts and other diseases of the eye.
The Tarabai Desai Eye Hospital is a Charitable Trust and provides a variety of ophthalmic outpatient and surgical facilities to all, irrespective of caste, creed, sex or religion. The building has three floors of 4200 sq.ft. each and has been constructed and equipped entirely from voluntary donations over the years. Due to the larger number of patients being treated at the hospital, the facilities are now too small and construction of an extension to the original building is to commence soon.
Free services are provided to the poor and underprivileged of Jodhpur city as well as those from outlying villages. Every year an average of 30 free rural eye camps are organised through the mobile outreach programme. In each camp about 100 intra-ocular operations are performed free of charge.