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HELP ME SEE INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 07/29/2014: HELP ME SEE INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 07/14/2014: HELP ME SEE INC

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AKA  HelpMeSee - Eliminate Blindness Caused by Cataract
New York, NY
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HELP ME SEE INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 07/29/2014: HELP ME SEE INC

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Also Known As: HelpMeSee - Eliminate Blindness Caused by Cataract
Physical Address: New York, NY 10018 8005
EIN: 27-3207754
Web URL: www.helpmesee.org 
Blog URL: www.helpmesee.org/NewsList.aspx?cid=58 
NTEE Category: E Health—General & Rehabilitative
E32 Ambulatory Health Center, Community Clinic
G Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines
G41 Eye Diseases, Blindness and Vision Impairments
S Community Improvement, Capacity Building
S02 Management & Technical Assistance
Year Founded: 2010 
Ruling Year: 2011 
How This Organization Is Funded: Albert L Ueltschi Foundation - $3,203,000
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - $3,000,000
James T Ueltschi Foundation - $2,701,889


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Mission Statement

HelpMeSee is a global campaign to ELIMINATE BLINDNESS caused by untreated cataract. Twenty million people living in the developing world are blind for two basic reasons. 1. They have no access to highly trained cataract specialists where they live. In many countries, there is have as few as one ophthalmologist per one million people. 2. They are extremely poor, earning just $1 or $2 per day when they are employed, so they can’t afford treatment even if it were available. The centerpiece of the HelpMeSee strategy is to increase surgical access by training thousands of highly skilled cataract specialists to perform Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS). This procedure is a quick (as little as 5 minute for adults and 15 minutes for children), highly effective, and very low cost lens replacement procedure with equally good quality results compared to the expensive procedures practiced in the developed world. It is HelpMeSee’s intention to train approximately 30,000 MSICS specialists to perform 60 million surgeries in 20 years. HelpMeSee’s specific goals are: a. To train cataract specialists (the majority women) to perform a single standardized surgical procedure (MSICS) with high skill and at the lowest possible cost. b. Achieve large scale by utilizing highly standardized training methods and equipment including very high fidelity virtual reality simulators, courseware, and methods adapted from commercial aviation pilot training. c. Conduct the training in the developing countries to those individuals who are willing and eager to serve the poor and remote communities. d. Select and train applicants capable of successfully completing the instructional training to a high standard, which is objectively measured. e. Continuously improve quality of MSICS care, through applied research, refinement of surgical steps, and pre-sterilized single use surgical kits. Achieve best standards of quality of surgical care, infection control and patient safety. f. To mobilize financial, material and volunteer resources to achieve sustainable funding solutions for the elimination of cataract blindness worldwide through private and public partnerships on behalf of the poor at the lowest possible cost. g. To pay surgical partners promptly for high quality cataract surgery provided to the poor upon submission of specific, detailed and verifiable documentation for each completed high quality procedure. Maintain transparent accounting of funds used and results achieved. h. To provide educational, technical, and financial support when necessary including loans to graduates so they may establish “best practice” business and surgical management systems specific to their practice locale in order to deliver high volume and high quality cataract surgeries, which is patient-centered. i. Establish a web and cloud based electronic surgical report system for surgical quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation of outcomes for every graduate, surgical partner and patient. j. Develop proactive surgical eye-care policy with country governments and local insurance providers to include MSICS as essential surgery within the primary healthcare delivery.

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

Total Revenue $9,123,997
Total Expenses $7,025,802

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Mr. Mohan Jacob Thazhathu

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Mohan Thazhathu joined James Ueltschi in 2008 to launch HelpMeSee. Mohan established HelpMeSee’s base of operations in New York City after officially assuming the position of CEO and President of HelpMeSee in 2010. Previously, Mohan was Chief Operating Officer of ORBIS International, CEO of ORBIS Canada, and Managing Director of ORBIS Taiwan. He has held various executive leadership positions with Plan International, one of the world’s leading development organizations and has lived in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. In 2001, Mohan was Plan International’s Representative to the UN and Lead for the special session on the Rights of the Child at the United Nation’s General Assembly.

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HelpMeSee is a global campaign to eliminate blindness caused by untreated cataract. Twenty million people living in the developing world are blind for two basic reasons. 1. They have no access to highly trained cataract specialists where they live. In many countries, there is have as few as one ophthalmologist per one million people. 2. They are extremely poor, earning just $1 or $2 per day when they are employed, so they can’t afford treatment even if it were available. The centerpiece of the HelpMeSee strategy is to increase surgical access by training thousands of highly skilled cataract specialists to perform Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS). This procedure is a quick (as little as 5 minute for adults and 15 minutes for children), highly effective, and very low cost lens replacement procedure with equally good quality results as in the developed world. HelpMeSee will train approximately 30,000 MSICS specialists to perform 60 million surgeries in 20 years. HelpMeSee’s specific goals are: a. To train cataract specialists (the majority women) to perform a single standardized surgical procedure (MSICS) with high skill and at the lowest possible cost. b. Achieve large scale by utilizing highly standardized training methods and equipment including very high fidelity virtual reality simulators, courseware, and methods adapted from commercial pilot training. c. Conduct the training in the developing world to those individuals who are willing and eager to serve the poor in their communities. d. Select and train applicants capable of successfully completing the instructional training to a high standard, which is objectively measured. d. Continuously improve quality of MSICS care, through applied research, refinement of surgical steps, and pre-sterilized single use surgical kits. Achieve best standards of quality of surgical care, infection control and patient safety.

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Program: Campaign to Eliminate Cataract Blindness (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$87,976,800
Category:
None
Population Served:
Blind and Vision Impaired
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Program Description:

High quality, high volume, and cost effective delivery to the 21 million cataract blind, both adults and children, at $50 and $350 respectively, through a patient centered quality assurance program to eliminate cataract surgical backlog.

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Program: Women in Economic Development Through Cataract Blindness Elimination (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$14,400,000
Category:
Employment
Population Served:
Blind and Vision Impaired

Program Description:

1. Women in development and empowerment - Training of 2,400 women cataract specialists.2. Surgical practice micro-business development with 4,400 clinics.3. Training in cataract surgical skills and business management.

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Budget:
$35,000,000
Category:
Science & Technology
Population Served:
Blind and Vision Impaired

Program Description:

1. Training in Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS) as a standardized high-quality cataract procedure.2. Development, manufacture & delivery of virtual reality MSICS simulator and courseware for proficiency level training of cataract surgeons.

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Budget:
$1,632,000
Category:
Health Care
Population Served:
Blind and Vision Impaired

Program Description:

1. Patient centered surgical care and individual monitoring of surgical outcomes.2. Delivery of high quality cataract surgery in austere environments anywhere in the world.

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Budget:
$19,908,000
Category:
Community Development
Population Served:
Blind and Vision Impaired

Program Description:

1. Simulator based learning centers to train high quality cataract surgeons and systems to maintain their surgical skills.2. Pay for services and local fundraising for sustainability.3. Global fundraising to support populations in need.

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To date: A. HelpMeSee has delivered over 100,000 cataract surgeries as of 2013. Target of 200,000 for 2014. B. Proof of concept models for the cataract surgical simulators are successfully tested. Pre-production prototypes under development to be ready in a year. C. Advanced training courseware being piloted with cataract surgeons, which increased the number of surgical partners to 93 in 2013 and increasing to 200 in 2014. D. Evidence based delivery of high quality cataract surgery and visual acuity outcome monitoring for every person, adults and children in place with advanced cloud and geographic information systems.
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