Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO) is the training and consulting arm of Aravind Eye Care System. Aravind Eye Hospitals handle over 3.7 million outpatient visits and perform over 400,000 surgeries each year making it the largest eye care provider in the world. Over 50% of this is provided either free or steeply subsidized to the patient, while ensuring all patients are accorded the same high quality of care. Aravind’s innovative eye care delivery system is recognized as a model for other developing countries.
LAICO was established in 1992 with the mandate to support eye care programmes globally through consultancy and capacity building, management training and research. Activities also include offering IT based products and services as well as being of service to INGOs and Governments. For over two decades, LAICO has been working in a comprehensive manner with individuals involved in eye care, eye hospitals, and agencies supporting eye care and policy makers in the Government. A lot of progress had been made over the years creating significant impact.
LAICO has worked with over 300 hospitals in India and other developing countries, and has trained over 2000 professionals from 70 countries. It is conservatively estimated that LAICO’s work has resulted in an additional 700,000 surgeries annually.