Health
 India
Project #4915

Seeing is Believing

by Blind People's Association (India)
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Dharma attending session at Okhlahoma University
Dharma attending session at Okhlahoma University

The Manager of Project, Mr. Dharmendra Jena recenlty visited USA under Professional Fellowship Programme. He competed for this program and got selected. During his visit, he was placed with Oklahoma university. As his project work, he was placed at Deen Mac Gee Eye Institute. He had the opportunity of meeting the Dean, Research fellows, Head of Research Division and other specialists of this great institute.

He was guided by all the experts in respect of quality of services. He also observed various reseach initiatives and new technology and new methods of conducting eye surgeries.

This is the first time that a Manager of an eye hospital had an opportunity of visiting such an high tech eye institute in the USA.

This visit will enable the project to improve quality of services and to adopt new technologies. The first lesson that Dharmendra learnt from this visit was the Project should provide comprehensive services in respect of all types of ophthalmic interventions.

Encouraged from visit, the project going to take the following measures:

1. Improve qualty of retina treatment services

2. Adopt approrpriate protocols for patient care, surgical intervention and flow of material, human resources and patients.

3. Introduce computer software for maintaining patient records, inventory, cash collecting, reporting and grievance rederessal.

4. Netwroking with other such eye hospitals, reserach institues and Health Department etc.

This visit will enhance quality of services at the project

Dharma attending session as Okhlahoma University
Dharma attending session as Okhlahoma University
With Dr. Jin Durbin, Executive Director
With Dr. Jin Durbin, Executive Director
Jashiben is now full of joy
Jashiben is now full of joy

1. Cataract Free Zone: The project has taken up challenge of declaring districts of Sabarkantha and Aravali in Gujarat as Cataract Free Zones. To achieve this target, project has taken support of Samata Vikas Charitable Trust and local volunteers. Thanks to our donors, till 10th January, 2016, the following target has been achieved:

a. Outdoor Patients: 21839

b. Eye Surgeries: 1909

c. Spectacles: 7115

d. Special Surgeries: 203

e. Total Expenditure: US $ 52984

By the time, this target is achieved, about 5000 persons with be operated and 50000 persons would be checked. A very ambitious but achievable target.

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

                                  (1st of December TO 29th of February - 2016)

S.N.   Name of procedure    Number of Surgeries

1        Cataract                            2896

2        AGS (Glaucoma)                   32

3        Chelezion                             13

4        Keratoplasty                           0

5        Posterior Capsular Opacity   189

6        Ptryrisium                             46

7        Squint                                    1

        Total 3177 (Three Thousand One Hundred Seventy Seven Only)

The project has also taken up the challenge of providing quality eye care and eye surgery services completely free of cost to non-affording persons and at affordable cost to others. In today's world of expansive health care, the Project is providing high quality eye surgery services at US $ 30 only

Amrabhai can see the world again
Amrabhai can see the world again
Mujadiben is proud her new vision
Mujadiben is proud her new vision
Gulabsinh is grateful to donor for new vision
Gulabsinh is grateful to donor for new vision
Smile returns to the face of Radhaben
Smile returns to the face of Radhaben
Ever Smiling Rupaji is the happiest person now
Ever Smiling Rupaji is the happiest person now
Another happy person
Another happy person
Community Eye Check up Camp
Community Eye Check up Camp

A few years before the organization launched a very ambitious result oriented campaign "Cataract Free Sabarkantha". This campaign aims at providing services of eye health to complete population of tribal districts of Sarbarkantha and Aaravali. This campaign is completely supported by donors in the USA and India, specially donors belonging to these districts itself. The whole campaign is being managed by the Office Bearers and volunteers of the Samta Vikas Charitable Trust established by people originally belonging to these districts only.

A mega function on honouring donors and volunteers of this campaign is being held at Modasa as per these details, "

Samata Day celebrations and eye camp at Modasa at 10 a.m. on 10 January, 2016". Any donor of Seeing-is-believing if happens to be in this part of world is most welcome to join. This event will further strenthen the project.

Statistical report of the project - 1st of September TO 3oth of November - 2015

S.N

Name of the procedure Number of Surgeries

1  Cataract                                      1962

2  AGS (Glaucoma)                            17

3  Chelezion                                          1

4  Keratoplasty                                      1

5  Posterior Capsular Opacity (PCO)   66

6  Ptryrisium                                         26

7  Squint                                                 1

Total                                                2074   (Two Thousand Seventy Four Only)

During   1st September to 30th November, 2015 a total number of 2074 patients were undergone surgery at Navalbhai and Hiraba eye hospital, a unit of Blind People Association, Bareja out of which 1962 have undergone surgery for cataract which is the msot leading cause of blindness in India.

During the reporting period (1st September 2015 to 30th of November 2015) 42 outreach programs have been organized in remote locations of Gujarat where 6524 patients were provided treatment at their doorstep and among them 742 patients were identified as those with cataract and 397 have undergone surgeries at Bareja hospital.    

Vision center is running on regular Basis at Vatrak Hospital, Modasa Annpurana Trust, Laskari Hospital, Ahmedabad and Varsoda which provided treatment to 1288 patients for various eye problems.

Megha eye checkup camp has been organized in 9 locations of Ahmedabad with the support of Arrez Khambata Benevolent Trust, Gruh Finance and other corporate.   

11 General Health check up camps were conducted in the district of Ahmedabad and Surendranagar with the support from CAIRN and Help Age India.

23 school screening camps organized in different talukas of Ahmedabad and Dholka with the support from District Blindness Control Society of which more than 10000 students having refractive correction have been provided spectacle  free of cost.

We need to achieve the target of 12,000 cataract surgeries during the current year.

Patient operated for Keratoplasty
Patient operated for Keratoplasty
Gift of vision
Gift of vision
Grateful to donors for support
Grateful to donors for support
Camp in rural areas attract big number of people
Camp in rural areas attract big number of people

Seeing-is-believing has made further in respect of expansion of its capacity to conduct better quality eye surgeries. With the launch of modular & Laminar operation theatre, the project is now providing high quality eye surgeries either completely free of cost or at affordable cost. The holding organization, Blind Peoples' Association has now become member of Vision 2020, a national level which coordinates promotion of eye health. The representatives of the project participated in a series of meeings on developing National Strategy on Vision 2020. The representative of the organization also participated in the National Seminar conducted by Vision 2020 at All India Insitute of Medical Sciences, new Delhi during 26th and 27th September, 2015. He presented a paper on "Low Vision and Need for Promotion of Community Based Rehabilitation". He also participated in Group Discussion on Low Vision Strategy. Thus the project now is sharing its experience at national level.

Thanks to our donors and well wishers that now we are able to promote both our campaigns "Save Sight Ahmedabad" and Cataract Free Sabarkantha" more aggressively. To ensure reach to all needy persons with eye problems, the project has established 4 vision centres, 3 in the rural areas and 1 in the urban area.

Our target for the year 2015 is to complete 15,000 eye surgeries. We shall need support of all our exising donors and add new donors to achieve this target. We expect all our more than 500 existing donors to make contributions generously to enable to achieve this target.

Ramesh is now the happiest person
Ramesh is now the happiest person
Shardaben can cook her meals again on her own
Shardaben can cook her meals again on her own
Rupaben is back to her fields
Rupaben is back to her fields
Patients waiting for eye check before discharge
Patients waiting for eye check before discharge

The Operation Theatre at the project "Seeing-is-believing" becomes high tech now. The organization has deecided to upgraded the operation theatre using laminar and modular technologies. With this upgradation, the operation theatre will reduce the risk of infection to almost negligible. This is one of the few charity eye hospital which is using latest technology for its operation theatre. The new theatre would be operational from 29th June, 2015.

Both the projects "Cataract Free Sabarkantha" as well as "Save Vision Ahmedabad" are progressing very well. One housing finance company has come forward to extend support for the later project. Our team of motivated donors in USA are extending excellent support for our Catract Free Sabarkantha project. Now there is demand to set up 2 additional Vision Centres, one each at 2 different locations in the district of Sabarkantha. With the expansion of concept of Vision Centres, more people having eye problems from remote areas would be able to access services of eye health.

The organization has already initiated a project of rehabiltiation of persons wtih disabilities in Banaskantha districts, comparatively backward district of Gujarat. Now the people of that distict are also demanding eye heath services including eye surgeries. The organization is exploring posssibilities of establishing vision cetres in that district and extend services of eye health.

The organization has already acquired equipment for handling cases having retina complications. The project has initiatted providing services on retina care. Similalry, the project is also handling cases having diabetic retinopathy and has established facilites for providing lazer treatment for the same.

The statistical performance of project during last 3 months is given below:

S.N  Name of the procedure   Number of Surgeries

1       Cataract                                  2914

2      Glaucoma                                       6

3     Chelezion                                      11

4     Keratoplasty                                   1

5     Posterior Capsular Opacity     143

6     Ptryrisium                                     73

7     Squint                                             1

      Total                                         3149

With the improvement of facilities at the operation Theatre, number of interventions and surgeries are expected to increase.

A Group of Vision after surgery
A Group of Vision after surgery
Another group of post operative patients
Another group of post operative patients
Smile of satisfaction of a elderly patient
Smile of satisfaction of a elderly patient
Ambassador of Goodwill
Ambassador of Goodwill
 

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Organization Information

Blind People's Association (India)

Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat - India
Website: http:/​/​www.bpaindia.org
Project Leader:
Bhushan Punani
Ahmedabad, Gujarat India
$63,767 raised of $72,200 goal
 
 
753 donations
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