Mritunjay Kumar Tiwary, based at Mastichak, is the founder & Head of Projects at the Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital, Mastichak, Bihar, which has now become one of the top 5 eye hospitals in India. He started the project with a strong belief that eye-health delivered innovatively can alleviate poverty, improve gender parity and enhance social capital in the low-income states of India. The hospital offers world-class eye care services, including all sub-specialities, and perform over 65,000 surgeries annually, 80% free, and in the process, impacts the lives of 1 million people every year.
He also works actively to provide equal opportunities to girls from rural Bihar by running the unique ‘Football To Eyeball’ talent creation initiative at the eye hospital which aims to tackle child marriage and gender inequality by providing an alternative to girls. 140 girls have now reclaimed their lives with 30 girls added to the scheme every year. Mritunjay was given the Reliance – CNN IBN REAL HEROES AWARD in 2010 for this initiative.