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Seeing is Believing

by Blind People's Association (India)
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Restoring Sight, Restoring Faith
Restoring Sight, Restoring Faith

Dear Donor, Well Wishers

Easter Greetings!!

May the Christian spirit be with us in times of giving. 

Though you are so far away, we are touched by your generous support to our organization for two very life changing projects. With this support we are able to restore vision to more than 3000 people in Gujarat,  the projects have made very good progress in the past years. We have been able to bring qualitative change in the lives of people who can now see again.  

The sight saving project is in expansion mode, and have planned many activities like Vision Centers in remote areas, treatment for diabetes retinopathy, pediatric ophthalmology services.  


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Restoring Sight
Restoring Sight

Dear Donors, Well Wishers, and Friends of BPA.

Greetings from India!!

We wish you very Happy New Year 2018!!! This is the first report of the year 2018.  We are very excited and happy to share progress report “Seeing is Believing” Project. You will be very happy to know that the project has very made significant achievements.

1.Bhiloda- Vision Centre

The new vision centre has been set up in Bhiolda village of Sabarkantha district. This is first vision centre in remote area in tribal belt. Bhiloda is bordering village to Madhya Pradesh.  The vision centre would provide quality eye check-up services, after surgery follow up services, and reference for free cataract surgeries at BPA- Bareja Eye hospital. The vision centre had received very good response in the first camp. OPD (Outdoor Patient Registration) were 400 people, and 63 people were provided free cataract surgeries. Now “Seeing is Believing” has 6 Vision Centres in Gujarat.

  1. Vision Centre in Bavla- Ahmedabad District.
  2. Vision Centre in Kalol-  Ahmedabad District.
  3. Vision Centre in Bareja- Ahmedabad District.
  4. Vision Centre in Modasa- Sabarkantha District.
  5. Vision Centre in Vatrak -  Sabarkantha District.
  6. Vision Centre in Bhiloda-  Sabarkantha District.

2.New Endeavour in Bhuj- Kacchh District in Gujarat under “Seeing is Believing” project.

Kacchh is known as desert area of Gujarat, moreover, it was badly affected in earthquake in the year 2000. BPA has been working in the Bhuj from the day of earthquake. It is required to provide high quality eye care services to people at very reasonable cost, free of cost to poor people. With this intention, and objective, BPA has planned to set up ultra-modular operation theatre, and eye care services in Bhuj. The next report will carry the stories of new opening eye care units in Bhuj.

3. Cataract Free Sabarkantha-Ahmedabad Districts.

We are happy to share with you that two campaigns (Catract Free Sabarkantha District, and Catract Free Ahmedabad rural and slum areas) of “Seeing is Believing” has become very popular. These campaigns help to reduce backlog of cataract patients in these two locations.

4. Statistical information showing progress made during the reporting period.  

During   the reporting quarter a total number of 3247 patients were undergone surgery at Navalbhai and Hiraba eye hospital, An unit of Blind People Association, Bareja among which 2789 were undergone surgery for cataract the leading cause of blindness.

During the reporting period 341 outreach programs has been organized in remote locations of Gujarat where 14589 patients were provided treatment at their doorstep and among them 1213 patients were identified as cataract and 974 undergone surgeries at Bareja hospital.     

Vision center is running in regular Basis at Vatrak hospital, Kalol Noor Mahamadi Charitable hospital, Modasa Annpurana Trust, Bhiloda and Bavla, which provided treatment to 3129 patients for various eye problems.

 Cataract fellowship program started in the hospital of which 13 ophthalmologist been enrolled for a period of three month.

13 optometrist from Uttrakhand has been continuing their final internship at the   hospital.

Statistical report of Blind People’s Association-Bareja Hospital for the year – 2017-18

 (November- 2017 to January 2018)

Cataract                                                2789

AGS (Glaucoma)                                      42

Chelezion                                                  07

Keratoplasty                                              02

Posterior Capsular Opacity (PCO)          348

Ptryrisium                                                  56

Squint                                                       03

Total                                                 3247

 Your supports and cooperation motivate us to to add more activities in the project. Thank you very much for beliving in us. We look forward your support, guidance and motivation.


With Warm Regards

Poor Patient getting free treatment
Poor Patient getting free treatment
Vision Centre in action
Vision Centre in action
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Eye camp
Eye camp
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Eye Check up
Eye Check up
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Getting ready for operation

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    New Operation Theater and Low Vision Center
    New Operation Theater and Low Vision Center

    Dear Donors, Well Wishers

    We are so touched and thankful to you for your humble support. We can provide best quality health services, and mainly able to save a sight of the needy person only and only because of your support, encouragement and your faith in our work. This keeps motivating us to reach more and more people who are out of health services. I am glad to share with you that in the previous quarter, the project has made very significant achievements, and development. I am happy to share with you which is as below.

    1. Ultra Modern Laminar Modular Theatre : The ultra modular laminar operation theatre was inaugurated by Shri Prafulbhai Patel, and Shri Asishbhai Patel on 8th September 2017 at BPA Bareja hospital complex. The new eye surgical unit will help BPA to reach out to more persons whose eye sight is failing.
    2. Vision Center in Bavla: BPA Bareja hospital has been supported by Gruh Finance Limited under their Corporate Social Responsibility to start a vision center at Bavla on the way to Ahmedabad to Rajkot. This centre was inaugurated on 6th September 2017 at NAB Savinay Sammalit Vidyalay Bavla by Ms. Mina Bhatt and Mr. Kaushal Mulani of Gruh Finance Limited. The center will check patients with needing surgery to the BPA – Eye Hospital. All the services like surgery, travel, food, medicines will be provided without any charges.
    3. WAGH BAKARI CSR –MEGA EYE CAMP:  Wagh Bakari is very famous Tea producing company in India. The Wagh Bakari Tea family sponsored a mega eye camp under their CSR initiative. The mega camp was organized on 24th September 2017, 927 patients attended the camps, and received treatment services without any charges. During the diagnosis, and treatment; it was found that 93 patients required cataract surgeries, 19 patients other treatments, and surgeries related to eye. In this mega camp, 584 were provided spectacles and 803 patients received eye drops, and medicines. Out of 93 patients, 50 patients were taken to Eye Hospital for Cataract surgery. These 50 patients received best eye care services without any charges.
    4. Retina Surgical Unit: The new retina surgical unit was inaugurated on 13th June 2017. The Mazda Limited supported Eye Hospital to construct Ratina Surgical unit, and procure equipments for operations, and treatment of retina. This was great milestone for eye hospital of BPA. It would add new activity under Seeing is Believing Project. There are very few hospitals which provide treatment related to Ratina, and those provides treatments are very expensive and unaffordable to the poor patients. An average retinal detachment surgery costs around Rs 25,000 and in many cases surgery may be required a second time unlike cataract which is a onetime surgery. Hence, this retina department of the hospital would provide affordable, best quality services to the poor patients without any charges. 
    5. Surgeries Conducted in the previous quarter: The project has conducted 34 camps in Sabarkantha District, and in slum areas of Ahmedabad. The patients who had been diagonosed having cataract were referred to BPA hospital for the surgeries and treatment. In the previous quarter, 1238 cataract surgeries were done without any charges. The patients were given free medicines, spectacles and eye drops. 
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    Dear Donors and Well Wishers,

    We are happy to share progress report of our project "Seeing is Believing" for the period of June to 15th August 2017. The project has made following achievements. 


    Thanks to you wonderful human beings...our donors we have been able to provide the gift of sight to the rural poor. These persons would have been left to fate without your generosity!! Thanks for putting smiles on their faces!!!

    • 2260 patientsunderwent surgery at Navalbhai and Hiraba eye hospital. (742 patients were from camps and 1518 patients from Hospital walk ins) 
    • 32 outreach programs were organized in remote locations mainly in triba, remotel and slum areas of Gujarat.
    • 9658 patients were provided eye related treatment at their doorsteps.
    • 918 patients were identified as having mature operable  cataract and 742 had their  surgeries at Bareja hospital. and their cataract have been removed and they can see again
    • 2478 patients were given treatment related to eyes in Vision Centers located at following places; Vatrak hospital, Kalol Noor Mahamadi Charitable hospital and Modasa Annpurana Trust. These centre are in North and Central Gujarat...a  state in Western India.

     Upgradation of Hospital under  Seeing is Believing Project. 

    The Hospital now has a state of the art Operating Theatre which is modular and has a laminar system which prevents stale air from remianing in the room. It also helps to purify and circulate the air thus eliminating infections. We also have modern microscopes, lasers and other diagnostic tools and equipments. As Diabetes is on the rise we have starteda Diabetic Retinopathy Centre.

    Human Resource Development Program

    To ensure quality services, use of advance technology to provide best treatment to the patients, the hospital has deputed staff members for these  trainings.

    • 7 staff members were trained in OT and OPD management under SEVA Scale project. which is part of Vision 2020.
    • 4 ophthalmologists have  been enrolled under Cataract fellowship program.
    • 25 optometrists from Utrakhand, a north easter state of India,  have completed their internal internship at the hospital


    We look forward to the same support, love and encouragment in future also.  Please share the project details of Seeing is Believing and your invlovment in the project with your friends and family members. We need more such good friends and well wishers like you to acheive our targets, and serving human kind. We need your proactive help.


    With Warm Regards

    Dr Bhushan Punani 

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    Operated Patitent
    Operated Patient from Camps
    Operated Patient from Camps
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    Operated Patient from OPD
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    Corneal Tear
    Corneal Tear

    Corneal Grafting Surgeries by BPA Hospital

    The Navalbhai  & Hiraba Eye Hospital has been set up by the Blind People’s Association (BPA) in collaboration of the Bareja General Hospital Trust.  The hospital started with comprehensive eye care services to people in 32 villages around Bareja and now we are covering the whole of Gujarat.  The eye hospital has state of the art machinery, equipments and operation theatre for ensuring top quality eye services such as Phaco Machine, Yag Laser, A-scan, B-scan etc, Retina Microscope etc..  It has 50 beds for free patients who are given free food, travel, medicines and surgery.

    We are now consistently increasing our quality and quantity through various support and kind donation from well wishers, Philanthropists and different institutions and Corporate groups.  We are doing more than 10,000 surgeries very year which comprise of cataract, glaucoma, pterygium, and other surgeries.

    Corneal transplantation, also known as corneal grafting or keratoplasty, is a surgical procedure where a damaged or diseased cornea is replaced by donated corneal tissue (the graft). A cornea transplant replaces diseased or scarred corneal tissue with healthy tissue from an organ donor. The cornea is the transparent front part of the eye that covers the iris, pupil and anterior chamber.  When the entire cornea is replaced it is known as penetrating keratoplasty and when only part of the cornea is replaced it is known as lamellar keratoplasty. Keratoplasty simply means surgery to the cornea. The graft is taken from a recently dead individual with no known diseases or other factors that may affect the chance of survival of the donated tissue or the health of the recipient.

    Corneal eye disease is the fourth most common cause of blindness (after cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration) and affects more than 10 million people worldwide. We find a lot of corneal scars and injuries in our patients caused by trauma and accidents.

      In general the common causes of corneal opacity which can lead to blindness are:

    1.  Scarring from infections, such as eye herpes or fungal keratitis

    2.  Scarring from trichiasis, when eyelashes grow inwardly, toward the eye, and rub against the cornea

    3.  Hereditary conditions such as Fuchs' dystrophy

    4.  Eye diseases such as advanced keratoconus

    5.  Thinning of the cornea and irregular corneal shape (such as with keratoconus).

    6.  Rare complications from Lasik Surgery

    7.  Chemical burns of the cornea or damage from an eye injury.

    8.  Excessive swelling (edema) of the cornea.

    9.  Graft rejection following a previous corneal transplant.

    10.Corneal failure due to cataract surgery complications.

     Once a patient with corneal problems comes to our Hospital, our  eye doctor who specializes in cornea surgery  decides that  if a cornea transplant is the best option for the patient. The patient’s name is  placed on a list at a local eye bank with which we have a tie-up. The patient may  need to wait a few days to weeks for a suitable tissue from a donor eye to become available for a corneal transplant. Before a donor cornea is released for use in transplant surgery, it is checked for clarity and screened for the presence of any diseases such as hepatitis and AIDS, in accordance with the Eye Bank Association of India's strict medical standards and  regulations. Only corneas that meet these stringent guidelines are used in corneal transplant surgery to ensure the health and safety of the graft recipient.

     Corneal  tear

    The operated patient needs continuous monitoring for the next two months with regular eye drops and medicines so that the graft is not rejected by the body. For all types of cornea transplant patient will  have to use steroid or antibiotic eye drops daily. These are normally required for several months, although some people may need to use them for more than a year. The drops reduce swelling and inflammation and help prevent infection and rejection.

    Unlike other eye surgeries which do not require much follow up, the corneal grafting patients need constant monitoring. At first they need to attend regular follow-up appointments. These should gradually become less frequent over time. If stitches were used to hold the transplant in place, these are initially left in place to allow the cornea to heal. They are usually removed after about a year.

    So you can see that this cornea operation is much more complicated and delicate compared to other surgeries.

    Hope this info helps to understand the problem even better.

    We request our donors to contribute INR 20,000 (US $ 320) to sponsor one cornea grating. Once donor sponsors one such surgery, the hospital provides serviece of pathology, keratoplasty, medicines, hospital stay and follow-up completely free of cost to the person. The complete logistical support is provided by the project. The cornea is availed "free-of-cost" from the Eye Bank.

    You are most welcome to support this most humanitarian cause.

    Nandini Rawal

    Executive Director


    Before and after Corneal Graft
    Before and after Corneal Graft
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    Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat - India
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