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Aravind Wins Hilton Humanitarian Award

March 08, 2010

Congratulations to Aravind Eye Care System, the world's largest eye care provider, on winning the 2010 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize. The $1.5 million prize honors nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations that have significantly alleviated human suffering -- an apt description of the work Aravind has carried out at multiple locations in India since it was founded in 1976 by Dr. G. Venkataswamy.

"Aravind is a remarkable enterprise and its...impact on millions of patients is phenomenal," said Steven M. Hilton, president and CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, in announcing this year's prize. "In a thirty-year quest to end blindness in India, Aravind has developed innovative technologies that are now a model for bothe developed and developing world."

Check out the short video below to learn more about this remarkable organization.

This year, the Hilton Humanitarian Prize will be presented for the first time at the Global Philanthropy Forum's annual conference. (Click here for more details and/or to register for the conference.)

Previous winners of the prize include PATH (2009), BRAC (2008), Tostan (2007), Women for Women International (2006), Partners in Health (2005), Heifer International (2004), the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (2003), SOS Children's Villages (2002), St. Christopher's Hospice (2001), Casa Alianza (2000), the AMREF/African Medical and Research Foundation (1999), Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (1998), the International Rescue Committee (1997), and Operation Smile (1996).

-- Mitch Nauffts

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