The Tej Kohli Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that is committed to rebuilding people and communities around the world by developing scientific and technological solutions to seemingly intractable human problems. The Tej Kohli Foundation is also committed to making direct interventions that change lives by funding grassroots community programmes with a range of objectives.

Interventions by the Tej Kohli Foundation have restored the sight of tens of thousands of the world’s poorest people who were living with blindness. The Tej Kohli Foundation has also provided bionic arms to disabled teenagers, provided sustainable food sources to thousands of families and continues to fund scientific research and innovations.

Launch Of Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation

March 2021: Our brand-new project ‘The Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation’ is delivering outreach microsurgical eye clinics to provide free cataract surgeries in the world’s poorest communities, with a mission to screen 1,000,000 and cure 300,000 patients by 2026.

The Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation unites two of the world’s biggest names in the fight to cure blindness in poor and underserved communities. Mr Tej Kohli is a technologist responsible for the delivery of 43,255 free surgical procedures to cure corneal blindness in India. Dr. Sanduk Ruit is an ophthalmologist who has restored the sight of 130,000 people across Africa and Asia using small-incision cataract surgery.

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Cornea Institute

The Tej Kohli Cornea Institute is an eminent institution for R&D, preventative medicine and corneal transplants. Between January 2016 and November 2019 it welcomed 223,404 outpatients and carried out 43,255 surgical procedures, largely for free. The Institute also delivers prevention, treatment and cures for corneal blindness within some of the world's poorest communities in remote and rural areas.

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Cornea Program

The Tej Kohli Cornea Program at Mass. Eye & Ear, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, is a $2m programme to accelerate innovative and collaborative research to achieve unprecedented breakthroughs in corneal disease. The Tej Kohli Cornea Program includes cutting-edge molecular technology for the rapid diagnosis of corneal infection, and also GelCORE, an adhesive biomaterial for replacing corneal tissue.

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Ruit Foundation

The Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organization dedicated to curing cataract blindness in low-and-middle income countries. It represents a partnership between “God Of Sight” Dr Sanduk Ruit and technologist Tej Kohli. The Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation is already curing thousands of people for free in countries all over the world.

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Applied Research

Supported by an advisory board that includes the most eminent ophthalmologists from around the world, the Tej Kohli Research Centre is engaged in the pursuit of an accessible, affordable and scalable solution for eliminating corneal blindness that does not rely on surgery or donated cornea, through the development of a proprietary synthetic biotech that could be relevant to one-third of those waiting for corneal transplants worldwide.

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Future Bionics

The Tej Kohli Future Bionics program highlights how technology can substantially improve the lives and confidence of younger people living with disabilities. The program epitomises the Tej Kohli Foundation’s focus on helping young people who are living with disability by making a direct and meaningful intervention into their lives using technology. The program funds the purchase and fitting of the bionic multi-grip myoelectric controlled prosthetic ‘Hero Arm’ for young people in the United Kingdom who are living with limb difference.

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Cornea Institute

The Tej Kohli Cornea Institute is an eminent institution for R&D, preventative medicine and corneal transplants. Since 2016 it has seen more than 180,000 outpatients and carried out more than 17,000 cornea replacement surgeries, largely for free. The Institute also delivers prevention, treatment and cures for corneal blindness within some of the world’s poorest communities in remote and rural areas.

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Food Support

If you represent a charity of community group that requires support in ensuring that you can continue to provide food to local people in a sustainable way, please contact our team directly and provide as much information as possible including your telephone number and address. We will endeavour to respond directly as quickly as possible, but we may also refer your enquiry directly to another organisation if we believe that they can better support you.

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Dr Sanduk Ruit & Mr Tej Kohli unite to combat cataract blindness in the world's poorest communities by screening 1,000,000 and curing 300,000 by 2026.

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Our History

The Tej Kohli Foundation was started in 2005 by Wendy and Tej Kohli to operate in areas blighted by extreme poverty and reach out to those who hoped for a brighter future. For many years the Foundation has supported projects at the heart of communities that have been neglected, especially when interventions help to combat a lack of education, poor health or prejudice.

Since 2013 the Tej Kohli Foundation has led and defined the global mission to end preventable corneal blindness by 2035. The Tej Kohli Cornea Institute at LV Prasad in Hyderabad is a leading institution for preventative medicine and corneal transplants. The Institute has given free transplants and cures to many thousands of the poorest people on the planet who were living with blindness or severe visual impairment.

Today the Tej Kohli Foundation is a multi-disciplinary global centre of focus for the scientific development and advancement of an affordable, scalable and accessible technological solution for preventing and eliminating avoidable corneal blindness worldwide by 2035.

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