WEST BENGAL, INDIA, 15 SEPTEMBER 2014: A series of general images from work with the Blind in India: Bharat Mallik, 7, is a boy who suffers from Cataract blindness and comes from a severely impoverished Bengali family in India. Bharat’s father is a drunk and his labourer mother struggles to make ends meet. As a result he has not been treated for his cataracts. A teacher network at school notified a local social worker and as a result of his efforts Bharat is scheduled for surgery as an Ashram hospital a few hours away. Most of these villagers are so poor that transport to a hospital is not possible. As a result many children go permanently blind when like Bharat, a simple operation can restore their sight. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

WEST BENGAL, INDIA, 15 SEPTEMBER 2014: Bharat Mallik, 7, is a boy who suffers from Cataract blindness and comes from a severely impoverished Bengali family in India. Bharat’s father is a drunk and his labourer mother struggles to make ends meet. As a result he has not been treated for his cataracts. A teacher network at school notified a local social worker and as a result of his efforts Bharat is scheduled for surgery as an Ashram hospital a few hours away. Most of these villagers are so poor that transport to a hospital is not possible. As a result many children go permanently blind when like Bharat, a simple operation can restore their sight. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

WEST BENGAL, INDIA, 15 SEPTEMBER 2014: Bharat Mallik, 7, is a boy who suffers from Cataract blindness and comes from a severely impoverished Bengali family in India. Bharat’s father is a drunk and his labourer mother struggles to make ends meet. As a result he has not been treated for his cataracts. A teacher network at school notified a local social worker and as a result of his efforts Bharat is scheduled for surgery as an Ashram hospital a few hours away. Most of these villagers are so poor that transport to a hospital is not possible. As a result many children go permanently blind when like Bharat, a simple operation can restore their sight. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

WEST BENGAL, INDIA, 15 SEPTEMBER 2014: Bharat Mallik, 7, is a boy who suffers from Cataract blindness and comes from a severely impoverished Bengali family in India. Bharat’s father is a drunk and his labourer mother struggles to make ends meet. As a result he has not been treated for his cataracts. A teacher network at school notified a local social worker and as a result of his efforts Bharat is scheduled for surgery as an Ashram hospital a few hours away. Most of these villagers are so poor that transport to a hospital is not possible. As a result many children go permanently blind when like Bharat, a simple operation can restore their sight. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

WEST BENGAL, INDIA, 15 SEPTEMBER 2014: Bharat Mallik, 7, is a boy who suffers from Cataract blindness and comes from a severely impoverished Bengali family in India. Bharat’s father is a drunk and his labourer mother struggles to make ends meet. As a result he has not been treated for his cataracts. A teacher network at school notified a local social worker and as a result of his efforts Bharat is scheduled for surgery as an Ashram hospital a few hours away. Most of these villagers are so poor that transport to a hospital is not possible. As a result many children go permanently blind when like Bharat, a simple operation can restore their sight. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

WEST BENGAL, INDIA, 15 SEPTEMBER 2014: Bharat Mallik, 7, is a boy who suffers from Cataract blindness and comes from a severely impoverished Bengali family in India. Bharat’s father is a drunk and his labourer mother struggles to make ends meet. As a result he has not been treated for his cataracts. A teacher network at school notified a local social worker and as a result of his efforts Bharat is scheduled for surgery as an Ashram hospital a few hours away. Most of these villagers are so poor that transport to a hospital is not possible. As a result many children go permanently blind when like Bharat, a simple operation can restore their sight. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother, sister and grandmother at home in a remote village in Bihar, India. Dablu has been diagnosed with Cataracts and is being sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother, sister and grandmother at home in a remote village in Bihar, India. Dablu has been diagnosed with Cataracts and is being sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother, sister and grandmother at home in a remote village in Bihar, India. Dablu has been diagnosed with Cataracts and is being sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother, sister and grandmother at home in a remote village in Bihar, India. Dablu has been diagnosed with Cataracts and is being sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother, sister and grandmother at home in a remote village in Bihar, India. Dablu has been diagnosed with Cataracts and is being sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother, sister and grandmother at home in a remote village in Bihar, India. Dablu has been diagnosed with Cataracts and is being sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother make their way to and from a blindess camp on a remote river island where he is diagnosed with Cataracts and sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother make their way to and from a blindess camp on a remote river island where he is diagnosed with Cataracts and sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother make their way to and from a blindess camp on a remote river island where he is diagnosed with Cataracts and sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother make their way to and from a blindess camp on a remote river island where he is diagnosed with Cataracts and sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

WEST BENGAL, INDIA, 17 SEPTEMBER 2014: Bharat Mallik, 7, is a boy who suffers from Cataract blindness and comes from a severely impoverished Bengali family in India. He is seen at Vivekananda Mission Hospital, an eye hospital which specializes in treating the poor for little or no money. Bharat’s father is a drunk and his labourer mother struggles to make ends meet. As a result he has not been treated for his cataracts. A teacher network at school notified a local social worker and as a result of his efforts Bharat is scheduled for surgery at Vivekananda Ashram hospital a few hours away. Most of these villagers are so poor that transport to a hospital is not possible. As a result many children go permanently blind when like Bharat, a simple operation can restore their sight. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

WEST BENGAL, INDIA, 17 SEPTEMBER 2014: Bharat Mallik, 7, is a boy who suffers from Cataract blindness and comes from a severely impoverished Bengali family in India. He is seen at Vivekananda Mission Hospital, an eye hospital which specializes in treating the poor for little or no money. Bharat’s father is a drunk and his labourer mother struggles to make ends meet. As a result he has not been treated for his cataracts. A teacher network at school notified a local social worker and as a result of his efforts Bharat is scheduled for surgery at Vivekananda Ashram hospital a few hours away. Most of these villagers are so poor that transport to a hospital is not possible. As a result many children go permanently blind when like Bharat, a simple operation can restore their sight. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

AKHAND JYOTI EYE HOSPITAL, PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind boy Dablu Kuma, 8, undergoes Cataract surgery at Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital, the third largest eye hospital in India. This hospital performs over 65000 surgeries last year, making it the 3rd largest eye hospital in India. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

WEST BENGAL, INDIA, 17 SEPTEMBER 2014: Bharat Mallik, 7, undergoes Cataract surgery at Vivekananda Mission Hospital in India. This is an eye hospital which specializes in treating the poor for little or no money. He is accompanied to the hospital voluntarily by social worker Santosh, Bharat’s father is a drunk and his labourer mother struggles to make ends meet, they do not seem to really care about Bharat. As a result he has not been treated for his cataracts. A teacher network at school notified Santosh, a local social worker and as a result of his efforts and the Vivekananda Mission Hospital, Bharat is scheduled for surgery to remove his cataracts. Most of these villagers are so poor that transport to a hospital is not possible. As a result many children go permanently blind when like Bharat, a simple operation can restore their sight. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

AKHAND JYOTI EYE HOSPITAL, PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind boy Dablu Kuma, 8, after Cataract surgery at Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital, the third largest eye hospital in India. This hospital performs over 65000 last year. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

AKHAND JYOTI EYE HOSPITAL, PATNA, BIHAR, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Eye surgery patients recover in a mass ward at Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital, the third largest eye hospital in India. This hospital performed over 65 000 eye surgeries last year, often averaging over 400 surgeries a day. They cater to the poorest of the poor in the poorest state in India. Over 2 thirds of their surgeries are free for the poor. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

AKHAND JYOTI EYE HOSPITAL, PATNA, INDIA, 12 SEPTEMBER 2014: Candidates and patients from Cataract surgery at Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital, the third largest eye hospital in India. This hospital performs over 65000 surgeries last year, making it the 3rd largest eye hospital in India. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

AKHAND JYOTI EYE HOSPITAL, PATNA, BIHAR, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Eye surgery patients recover in a mass ward at Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital, the third largest eye hospital in India. This hospital performed over 65 000 eye surgeries last year, often averaging over 400 surgeries a day. They cater to the poorest of the poor in the poorest state in India. Over 2 thirds of their surgeries are free for the poor. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

AKHAND JYOTI EYE HOSPITAL, PATNA, BIHAR, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Eye surgery patients recover in a mass ward at Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital, the third largest eye hospital in India. This hospital performed over 65 000 eye surgeries last year, often averaging over 400 surgeries a day. They cater to the poorest of the poor in the poorest state in India. Over 2 thirds of their surgeries are free for the poor. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

 WEST BENGAL, INDIA, 15 SEPTEMBER 2014: A series of general images from work with the Blind in India: Bharat Mallik, 7, is a boy who suffers from Cataract blindness and comes from a severely impoverished Bengali family in India. Bharat’s father is a drunk and his labourer mother struggles to make ends meet. As a result he has not been treated for his cataracts. A teacher network at school notified a local social worker and as a result of his efforts Bharat is scheduled for surgery as an Ashram hospital a few hours away. Most of these villagers are so poor that transport to a hospital is not possible. As a result many children go permanently blind when like Bharat, a simple operation can restore their sight. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)
 WEST BENGAL, INDIA, 15 SEPTEMBER 2014: Bharat Mallik, 7, is a boy who suffers from Cataract blindness and comes from a severely impoverished Bengali family in India. Bharat’s father is a drunk and his labourer mother struggles to make ends meet. As a result he has not been treated for his cataracts. A teacher network at school notified a local social worker and as a result of his efforts Bharat is scheduled for surgery as an Ashram hospital a few hours away. Most of these villagers are so poor that transport to a hospital is not possible. As a result many children go permanently blind when like Bharat, a simple operation can restore their sight. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)
 WEST BENGAL, INDIA, 15 SEPTEMBER 2014: Bharat Mallik, 7, is a boy who suffers from Cataract blindness and comes from a severely impoverished Bengali family in India. Bharat’s father is a drunk and his labourer mother struggles to make ends meet. As a result he has not been treated for his cataracts. A teacher network at school notified a local social worker and as a result of his efforts Bharat is scheduled for surgery as an Ashram hospital a few hours away. Most of these villagers are so poor that transport to a hospital is not possible. As a result many children go permanently blind when like Bharat, a simple operation can restore their sight. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)
 WEST BENGAL, INDIA, 15 SEPTEMBER 2014: Bharat Mallik, 7, is a boy who suffers from Cataract blindness and comes from a severely impoverished Bengali family in India. Bharat’s father is a drunk and his labourer mother struggles to make ends meet. As a result he has not been treated for his cataracts. A teacher network at school notified a local social worker and as a result of his efforts Bharat is scheduled for surgery as an Ashram hospital a few hours away. Most of these villagers are so poor that transport to a hospital is not possible. As a result many children go permanently blind when like Bharat, a simple operation can restore their sight. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)
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 WEST BENGAL, INDIA, 15 SEPTEMBER 2014: Bharat Mallik, 7, is a boy who suffers from Cataract blindness and comes from a severely impoverished Bengali family in India. Bharat’s father is a drunk and his labourer mother struggles to make ends meet. As a result he has not been treated for his cataracts. A teacher network at school notified a local social worker and as a result of his efforts Bharat is scheduled for surgery as an Ashram hospital a few hours away. Most of these villagers are so poor that transport to a hospital is not possible. As a result many children go permanently blind when like Bharat, a simple operation can restore their sight. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)
 WEST BENGAL, INDIA, 15 SEPTEMBER 2014: Bharat Mallik, 7, is a boy who suffers from Cataract blindness and comes from a severely impoverished Bengali family in India. Bharat’s father is a drunk and his labourer mother struggles to make ends meet. As a result he has not been treated for his cataracts. A teacher network at school notified a local social worker and as a result of his efforts Bharat is scheduled for surgery as an Ashram hospital a few hours away. Most of these villagers are so poor that transport to a hospital is not possible. As a result many children go permanently blind when like Bharat, a simple operation can restore their sight. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)
 PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother, sister and grandmother at home in a remote village in Bihar, India. Dablu has been diagnosed with Cataracts and is being sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)
 PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother, sister and grandmother at home in a remote village in Bihar, India. Dablu has been diagnosed with Cataracts and is being sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)
 PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother, sister and grandmother at home in a remote village in Bihar, India. Dablu has been diagnosed with Cataracts and is being sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)
 PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother, sister and grandmother at home in a remote village in Bihar, India. Dablu has been diagnosed with Cataracts and is being sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)
 PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother, sister and grandmother at home in a remote village in Bihar, India. Dablu has been diagnosed with Cataracts and is being sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)
 PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother, sister and grandmother at home in a remote village in Bihar, India. Dablu has been diagnosed with Cataracts and is being sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)
 PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother make their way to and from a blindess camp on a remote river island where he is diagnosed with Cataracts and sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)
 PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother make their way to and from a blindess camp on a remote river island where he is diagnosed with Cataracts and sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)
 PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother make their way to and from a blindess camp on a remote river island where he is diagnosed with Cataracts and sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)
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 PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother make their way to and from a blindess camp on a remote river island where he is diagnosed with Cataracts and sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)
 WEST BENGAL, INDIA, 17 SEPTEMBER 2014: Bharat Mallik, 7, is a boy who suffers from Cataract blindness and comes from a severely impoverished Bengali family in India. He is seen at Vivekananda Mission Hospital, an eye hospital which specializes in treating the poor for little or no money. Bharat’s father is a drunk and his labourer mother struggles to make ends meet. As a result he has not been treated for his cataracts. A teacher network at school notified a local social worker and as a result of his efforts Bharat is scheduled for surgery at Vivekananda Ashram hospital a few hours away. Most of these villagers are so poor that transport to a hospital is not possible. As a result many children go permanently blind when like Bharat, a simple operation can restore their sight. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)
 WEST BENGAL, INDIA, 17 SEPTEMBER 2014: Bharat Mallik, 7, is a boy who suffers from Cataract blindness and comes from a severely impoverished Bengali family in India. He is seen at Vivekananda Mission Hospital, an eye hospital which specializes in treating the poor for little or no money. Bharat’s father is a drunk and his labourer mother struggles to make ends meet. As a result he has not been treated for his cataracts. A teacher network at school notified a local social worker and as a result of his efforts Bharat is scheduled for surgery at Vivekananda Ashram hospital a few hours away. Most of these villagers are so poor that transport to a hospital is not possible. As a result many children go permanently blind when like Bharat, a simple operation can restore their sight. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)
 AKHAND JYOTI EYE HOSPITAL, PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind boy Dablu Kuma, 8, undergoes Cataract surgery at Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital, the third largest eye hospital in India. This hospital performs over 65000 surgeries last year, making it the 3rd largest eye hospital in India. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)
 WEST BENGAL, INDIA, 17 SEPTEMBER 2014: Bharat Mallik, 7, undergoes Cataract surgery at Vivekananda Mission Hospital in India. This is an eye hospital which specializes in treating the poor for little or no money. He is accompanied to the hospital voluntarily by social worker Santosh, Bharat’s father is a drunk and his labourer mother struggles to make ends meet, they do not seem to really care about Bharat. As a result he has not been treated for his cataracts. A teacher network at school notified Santosh, a local social worker and as a result of his efforts and the Vivekananda Mission Hospital, Bharat is scheduled for surgery to remove his cataracts. Most of these villagers are so poor that transport to a hospital is not possible. As a result many children go permanently blind when like Bharat, a simple operation can restore their sight. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)
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 AKHAND JYOTI EYE HOSPITAL, PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind boy Dablu Kuma, 8, after Cataract surgery at Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital, the third largest eye hospital in India. This hospital performs over 65000 last year. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)
 AKHAND JYOTI EYE HOSPITAL, PATNA, BIHAR, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Eye surgery patients recover in a mass ward at Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital, the third largest eye hospital in India. This hospital performed over 65 000 eye surgeries last year, often averaging over 400 surgeries a day. They cater to the poorest of the poor in the poorest state in India. Over 2 thirds of their surgeries are free for the poor. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)
 AKHAND JYOTI EYE HOSPITAL, PATNA, INDIA, 12 SEPTEMBER 2014: Candidates and patients from Cataract surgery at Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital, the third largest eye hospital in India. This hospital performs over 65000 surgeries last year, making it the 3rd largest eye hospital in India. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)
 AKHAND JYOTI EYE HOSPITAL, PATNA, BIHAR, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Eye surgery patients recover in a mass ward at Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital, the third largest eye hospital in India. This hospital performed over 65 000 eye surgeries last year, often averaging over 400 surgeries a day. They cater to the poorest of the poor in the poorest state in India. Over 2 thirds of their surgeries are free for the poor. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)
 AKHAND JYOTI EYE HOSPITAL, PATNA, BIHAR, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Eye surgery patients recover in a mass ward at Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital, the third largest eye hospital in India. This hospital performed over 65 000 eye surgeries last year, often averaging over 400 surgeries a day. They cater to the poorest of the poor in the poorest state in India. Over 2 thirds of their surgeries are free for the poor. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)
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WEST BENGAL, INDIA, 15 SEPTEMBER 2014: A series of general images from work with the Blind in India: Bharat Mallik, 7, is a boy who suffers from Cataract blindness and comes from a severely impoverished Bengali family in India. Bharat’s father is a drunk and his labourer mother struggles to make ends meet. As a result he has not been treated for his cataracts. A teacher network at school notified a local social worker and as a result of his efforts Bharat is scheduled for surgery as an Ashram hospital a few hours away. Most of these villagers are so poor that transport to a hospital is not possible. As a result many children go permanently blind when like Bharat, a simple operation can restore their sight. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

WEST BENGAL, INDIA, 15 SEPTEMBER 2014: Bharat Mallik, 7, is a boy who suffers from Cataract blindness and comes from a severely impoverished Bengali family in India. Bharat’s father is a drunk and his labourer mother struggles to make ends meet. As a result he has not been treated for his cataracts. A teacher network at school notified a local social worker and as a result of his efforts Bharat is scheduled for surgery as an Ashram hospital a few hours away. Most of these villagers are so poor that transport to a hospital is not possible. As a result many children go permanently blind when like Bharat, a simple operation can restore their sight. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

WEST BENGAL, INDIA, 15 SEPTEMBER 2014: Bharat Mallik, 7, is a boy who suffers from Cataract blindness and comes from a severely impoverished Bengali family in India. Bharat’s father is a drunk and his labourer mother struggles to make ends meet. As a result he has not been treated for his cataracts. A teacher network at school notified a local social worker and as a result of his efforts Bharat is scheduled for surgery as an Ashram hospital a few hours away. Most of these villagers are so poor that transport to a hospital is not possible. As a result many children go permanently blind when like Bharat, a simple operation can restore their sight. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

WEST BENGAL, INDIA, 15 SEPTEMBER 2014: Bharat Mallik, 7, is a boy who suffers from Cataract blindness and comes from a severely impoverished Bengali family in India. Bharat’s father is a drunk and his labourer mother struggles to make ends meet. As a result he has not been treated for his cataracts. A teacher network at school notified a local social worker and as a result of his efforts Bharat is scheduled for surgery as an Ashram hospital a few hours away. Most of these villagers are so poor that transport to a hospital is not possible. As a result many children go permanently blind when like Bharat, a simple operation can restore their sight. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

WEST BENGAL, INDIA, 15 SEPTEMBER 2014: Bharat Mallik, 7, is a boy who suffers from Cataract blindness and comes from a severely impoverished Bengali family in India. Bharat’s father is a drunk and his labourer mother struggles to make ends meet. As a result he has not been treated for his cataracts. A teacher network at school notified a local social worker and as a result of his efforts Bharat is scheduled for surgery as an Ashram hospital a few hours away. Most of these villagers are so poor that transport to a hospital is not possible. As a result many children go permanently blind when like Bharat, a simple operation can restore their sight. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

WEST BENGAL, INDIA, 15 SEPTEMBER 2014: Bharat Mallik, 7, is a boy who suffers from Cataract blindness and comes from a severely impoverished Bengali family in India. Bharat’s father is a drunk and his labourer mother struggles to make ends meet. As a result he has not been treated for his cataracts. A teacher network at school notified a local social worker and as a result of his efforts Bharat is scheduled for surgery as an Ashram hospital a few hours away. Most of these villagers are so poor that transport to a hospital is not possible. As a result many children go permanently blind when like Bharat, a simple operation can restore their sight. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother, sister and grandmother at home in a remote village in Bihar, India. Dablu has been diagnosed with Cataracts and is being sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother, sister and grandmother at home in a remote village in Bihar, India. Dablu has been diagnosed with Cataracts and is being sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother, sister and grandmother at home in a remote village in Bihar, India. Dablu has been diagnosed with Cataracts and is being sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother, sister and grandmother at home in a remote village in Bihar, India. Dablu has been diagnosed with Cataracts and is being sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother, sister and grandmother at home in a remote village in Bihar, India. Dablu has been diagnosed with Cataracts and is being sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother, sister and grandmother at home in a remote village in Bihar, India. Dablu has been diagnosed with Cataracts and is being sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother make their way to and from a blindess camp on a remote river island where he is diagnosed with Cataracts and sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother make their way to and from a blindess camp on a remote river island where he is diagnosed with Cataracts and sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother make their way to and from a blindess camp on a remote river island where he is diagnosed with Cataracts and sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind Indian boy Dablu Kuma, 8, and his mother make their way to and from a blindess camp on a remote river island where he is diagnosed with Cataracts and sent to hospital for surgery. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

WEST BENGAL, INDIA, 17 SEPTEMBER 2014: Bharat Mallik, 7, is a boy who suffers from Cataract blindness and comes from a severely impoverished Bengali family in India. He is seen at Vivekananda Mission Hospital, an eye hospital which specializes in treating the poor for little or no money. Bharat’s father is a drunk and his labourer mother struggles to make ends meet. As a result he has not been treated for his cataracts. A teacher network at school notified a local social worker and as a result of his efforts Bharat is scheduled for surgery at Vivekananda Ashram hospital a few hours away. Most of these villagers are so poor that transport to a hospital is not possible. As a result many children go permanently blind when like Bharat, a simple operation can restore their sight. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

WEST BENGAL, INDIA, 17 SEPTEMBER 2014: Bharat Mallik, 7, is a boy who suffers from Cataract blindness and comes from a severely impoverished Bengali family in India. He is seen at Vivekananda Mission Hospital, an eye hospital which specializes in treating the poor for little or no money. Bharat’s father is a drunk and his labourer mother struggles to make ends meet. As a result he has not been treated for his cataracts. A teacher network at school notified a local social worker and as a result of his efforts Bharat is scheduled for surgery at Vivekananda Ashram hospital a few hours away. Most of these villagers are so poor that transport to a hospital is not possible. As a result many children go permanently blind when like Bharat, a simple operation can restore their sight. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

AKHAND JYOTI EYE HOSPITAL, PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind boy Dablu Kuma, 8, undergoes Cataract surgery at Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital, the third largest eye hospital in India. This hospital performs over 65000 surgeries last year, making it the 3rd largest eye hospital in India. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

WEST BENGAL, INDIA, 17 SEPTEMBER 2014: Bharat Mallik, 7, undergoes Cataract surgery at Vivekananda Mission Hospital in India. This is an eye hospital which specializes in treating the poor for little or no money. He is accompanied to the hospital voluntarily by social worker Santosh, Bharat’s father is a drunk and his labourer mother struggles to make ends meet, they do not seem to really care about Bharat. As a result he has not been treated for his cataracts. A teacher network at school notified Santosh, a local social worker and as a result of his efforts and the Vivekananda Mission Hospital, Bharat is scheduled for surgery to remove his cataracts. Most of these villagers are so poor that transport to a hospital is not possible. As a result many children go permanently blind when like Bharat, a simple operation can restore their sight. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

AKHAND JYOTI EYE HOSPITAL, PATNA, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Blind boy Dablu Kuma, 8, after Cataract surgery at Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital, the third largest eye hospital in India. This hospital performs over 65000 last year. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

AKHAND JYOTI EYE HOSPITAL, PATNA, BIHAR, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Eye surgery patients recover in a mass ward at Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital, the third largest eye hospital in India. This hospital performed over 65 000 eye surgeries last year, often averaging over 400 surgeries a day. They cater to the poorest of the poor in the poorest state in India. Over 2 thirds of their surgeries are free for the poor. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

AKHAND JYOTI EYE HOSPITAL, PATNA, INDIA, 12 SEPTEMBER 2014: Candidates and patients from Cataract surgery at Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital, the third largest eye hospital in India. This hospital performs over 65000 surgeries last year, making it the 3rd largest eye hospital in India. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

AKHAND JYOTI EYE HOSPITAL, PATNA, BIHAR, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Eye surgery patients recover in a mass ward at Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital, the third largest eye hospital in India. This hospital performed over 65 000 eye surgeries last year, often averaging over 400 surgeries a day. They cater to the poorest of the poor in the poorest state in India. Over 2 thirds of their surgeries are free for the poor. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

AKHAND JYOTI EYE HOSPITAL, PATNA, BIHAR, INDIA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2014: Eye surgery patients recover in a mass ward at Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital, the third largest eye hospital in India. This hospital performed over 65 000 eye surgeries last year, often averaging over 400 surgeries a day. They cater to the poorest of the poor in the poorest state in India. Over 2 thirds of their surgeries are free for the poor. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

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