Apr 22, 2013

Seeing-is-believing - Cataract Free Ahmedabad

Kindly support Cataract Free Ahmedabad Campaign
Kindly support Cataract Free Ahmedabad Campaign

During the year 2012-13, N H Eye Hospital conducted 10,000 eye surgeries - a landmark achievement. A leadsing industrialist of Ahmedabad, Mr. Piruz Khambattat of Rasna International desired the organization to launch an innovative concept of clearing back-log of eye surgeries. A random sample of slum areas of Ahmedabad and city and its environs established that about 20,000 poor persons in these areas need services of eye surgeries. The project has taken a challenge of conductiong 20,000 additional eye surgeries  during the next 4 years at the rate of 5,000 surgeries per year.

This project popularly knows as "Cataract Free Ahmedabad" was launched on 4th January, 2013, the Louis Braille Day, the inventor of Braille sytem of readind and writing by blind persons. While this campiagn is motivated by Mr. Piruz Khmabatta, Mr. Jeahngir Cama, Managing Director of the Cama Motors and Cama Hotels also joined the campaign and decided regular support to the campaign. With his support, one camp shall be conducted every second Monday of every month at Varahi Mata Mandir, Isanpur. The Trustees of this famour temple in Isanpur have decided to provided complete logistic support for this purpose. The poor people staying in Isanpur, Vatva, Maninagar and Narol shall be able to take advantage of these camps.

With the support of Mr. Piruz Khambatta, the Project is planning to organize one camp in Juhapur, the largest settlement of poor people in Ahmebabad. As per the campaign, all perons having eye problems shall be provided services of eye surgeries an treatments completely free of cost.

We sponsor for supporting this campaign for all other slum areas of Ahmedabad. All prospective donors who wish to support such a large and unique campaign and who wish to enable poor people of Ahmedabad to avail free-of-cost eye surgeries are most welcome to support this campaign.

The organization is getting media support also for popularzing this campaign. The support of donors would enable us to achieve this target of 5,000 additional eye surgeries every years.

Encouraged from the results of this campaign, an organization known as "Friends of Gabat" have decided to launch a campaign "Cataract Free Sabarkantha'. The first meeting on this initiative will be held at the campus of Blind People's Association at Vastrapur on 21st April, 2013. The donors are invited to support this campaign also. Any donor is welcome to contribute US $ 30 for each surgery to conducted as a part of this campaign as well

Nov 7, 2012

Seeing-is-believing goes for expansion

Statistical report of Blind People’s Association-Bareja Hospital for the year – 2012

(June -2012 toAugust 2012)

S.N  Name of the procedure Number of Surgeries

1 Cataract  2156

2 AGS (Glaucoma) 17

3 Chelezion 41

4 Keratoplasty 1

5 Posterior Capsular Opacity (PCO) 259

6 Ptryrisium 72

7 Squint 1

Total 2547


During   June 2012 to August 2012 a total number of 2547 patients had undergone surgery at Navalbhai and Hiraba eye hospital, A unit of Blind People Association, Bareja among which 2156 were undergone surgery for cataract the leading cause of blindness.

During the reporting period (During   June 2012 to  August 2012) 58 outreach programs were organized in remote locations of Gujarat where 2589 patients were provided treatment at their doorstep and among them 1311 patients were identified as cataract and 782 undergone surgeries at Bareja hospital.    

May 31, 2012

Seeing is Believing conducts 10000 surgeries/year

Galab Bhai is now full of life
Galab Bhai is now full of life

What a great achievement indeed!! N H Eye Hospital conducts 10,000 eye surgeries during the year 2011-12. Started with a modest target of 2000 surgeries a year during 2007; after five years, the hospital reaches the target of 10,000 surgeries. The credit for this achievement goes to our valuable donors around the Globe who extended wholehearted support for this purpose. The credit for this achievement also goes to dedicated team of 5 Ophthalmologists; Mr. Dharmednra Jena, Manager of the Hospital and his team of staff members and volunteers.

Encouraged from this achievement, the organization has decided to complete construction of first floor of the hospital  to expand our capacity to 15,000 eye surgeries per annum. The Government of Gujarat has come forward to provide additional equipment for expanding scope of surgeries at the hospital. The PowerGrid Corporation, a leading public sector company in India has extended support for establishing Ratinopathy unit at the hospital. Very soon, the hospital will cater to needs to patients with diabetic ratinopathy and conditions of retina including retina detachment. 

Dr Chirag Shah of Calgary in Canada mobilized support for upgrading facilities at the hospital. Thanks to efforts of Mr. Rasik Shah of USA who has been consistently promoting support to hospital among NOn-resident Indians in the USA that we got sponsorship for number of camps in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat, predominantly a tribal belt. The members of Laughing Club of Ashwani Garden on Judges Bungalows road pooled their savings and sponsored more than 200 eye surgeries - the members of the Laughing Club decided to share laughter with those people needing eye surgeries.

Thanks to all our donors who have donated through Global Giving that we could achieve the target of conducting 10,000 surgeries. We are confident that our donors, well wishers and friends would continue providing guidance and support to enable us to reach the target of 15,000 surgeries.

We invite all our donors to pay a visit to our eye hospital at Bareja and our headquarter at Vastrapur in Ahmedabad whenever they happen to be in Gujarat. In the meantime, you are welcome to keep watching our website www.bpaindia.org to observe our latest achievement, our approach to accountability of our activities and our commitment on maintaining transparency of our activities.

What a great smile on the face of Bhasibhai
What a great smile on the face of Bhasibhai


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