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Seeing is Believing

by Blind People's Association (India)
Seeing is Believing
Seeing is Believing
Seeing is Believing
Seeing is Believing
Seeing is Believing
Seeing is Believing
Seeing is Believing
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Seeing is Believing
Seeing is Believing
Seeing is Believing
Seeing is Believing
Seeing is Believing
Seeing is Believing
Seeing is Believing
Seeing is Believing
Seeing is Believing
Seeing is Believing
Seeing is Believing
Operated Patient
Operated Patient

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 

Operated Patitent
Operated Patitent
Operated Patient from Camps
Operated Patient from Camps
Operated Patient from OPD
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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A smiling face after cataract surgery
A smiling face after cataract surgery

Thanks to support form HV Desai Eye Hospital, Pune; Seva Foundation, USA  and Arvind Eye Institute, Madura that  N H Eye Hospital has emerged high tech  IT friendly hospial. The staff of the hospital has been imparted traiing and all stall members now using and managing the new information and management system.  

With this support, the hospital has upgraded the following services: 

 - Starting of own optical dispensing unit

- Starting of counseling department 

- Use of HIMS system   

- Improvement in services of hospital

- improve quality control protocol of operation theater 

- Improved sterilization system 

- Improved pre and post operative documentation system 

- Effective data managment 

- Started retinal surgical unit

- Started Glucoma OPD and surgical unit

- Started pediatric ophthalmic unit 

-  Work is in progress for 2 new operation theatesrs 

- Planning of new optometrist college for which construction work is about to start.

- One more vision center to be start with the support under Scale project. 

With expansion of these services this hospital shall emerged most comprehensive, most advanced and technology driven eye hospital that provides free of cost or affordable services on eye health

A Group Ready to Depart after Eye Surgeries
A Group Ready to Depart after Eye Surgeries
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Ever smiling
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Bhikhu has regained sight through cataract surgery
Bhikhu has regained sight through cataract surgery

We are grateful to our donors and well wishers that we could expand our services at the project:

1. Exansion of Dinning Facities: The N H Eye Hospital has Bareja is now expanded its infrastruture facilities. With the support of 2 donors from USA, thte dinning facilities at the project have been expanded. Now all the patients, their escorts and volunteers will be provided free meals at the hospital. Thanks to generous donations for establishing the dinning hall and kitchen facilities that these services could be expanded.

2. Services for Ratino-pathy: Generally retina treatment is expnasive and poor persons are not able to afford to get such advanced treatment. The project with the support of a donor from USA has expanded retina intervention services. Now the project is in a position to provide services of retinopathy free of cost or at very affordable cost.

3. Expansion of Operation Theatre: As present, operation theatre is running to the capacity, the project wishes to establish a second well established operation theatre. A donor from USA has very gracefully committed support for this purpose. Within next 3 months, the second operation theatre would be ready. Thus the project would be able to double its surgical intervention.

The statistical performance during the period 1st September to 31st December, 2016 is given below:

S.N    Name of the procedure           Number of Surgeries

1       Cataract                                    2340

2       AGS (Glaucoma)                            9

3       Chelezion                                     24

4       Keratoplasty                                   0

5       Posterior Capsular Opacity (PCO) 224

6       Ptryrisium                                     31

7       Squint                                             0

        Total                                          2628

Thus the project is making a steady progress in respect of achieving its objective of providing better eye health facilities

Maniben can see better
Maniben can see better
Smile on the face of Revaben her surgery
Smile on the face of Revaben her surgery
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A Group Ready to Depart after Eye Surgeries
A Group Ready to Depart after Eye Surgeries

Statistical report of Blind People’s Association-Bareja Hospital for the year – 2016

 (1st of June 2016 to 31st of August - 2016)

S.N   Name of the procedure  Number of Surgeries

1       Cataract                 1970

2        AGS (Glaucoma)       14

3        Chelezion                  41

4         Keratoplasty               1

5         Posterior Capsular Opacity (PCO)  195

6         Ptryrigium                62

7         Squint                       1

Total 2284 (Two Thousand Two Hundred Eighty Four Only)

During   1st of June 2016 to 31st of August 2016 a total number of 2284 patients have undergone surgery at Navalbhai & Hiraba Eye Hospital, An unit of Blind People Association, Bareja. Out of these, 1970 have undergone surgery for cataract which is the leading cause of blindness.

During the reporting period (1st of June 2016 to 31st of August 2016) 81 outreach programs were organized in remote locations of Gujarat where 11231 patients were provided treatment at their doorstep and among them 1232 patients were identified as having cataract and 892 were operated at Bareja hospital.    

3 Vision centers are running on regular Basis at Vatrak Hospital, Modasa Annpurana Trust and Varsoda which provided treatment to 1446 patients for various eye ailments.

Megha eye checkup camp were organized at 14 locations of Ahmedabad with the support of Areez Khambata Benevolent Trust, Gruh Finance and other Corporate.   

17 eye checks up camp were organized near Honda plant in Vithalapur area with the support from Honda.

7 eye checkup camps organized with the support from Anugraha Dristidan, New Delhi.

The Scale project started with the support from SEVA Foundation with the purpose of  develop hospital protocol, improving infrastructure, developing human resource development and increasing quality standards.

Solar system installed in order to use renewable energy and save electricity. 

Post Operative Counselling
Post Operative Counselling
What a Joy after Surgery
What a Joy after Surgery
Now She Can See Again
Now She Can See Again
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Blind People's Association (India)

Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat - India
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Project Leader:
Bhushan Punani
Ahmedabad, Gujarat India
$101,240 raised of $150,000 goal
1,291 donations
$48,760 to go
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