Health
 India
Project #4915

Seeing is Believing

by Blind People's Association (India)
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
Amritaben is full of life of surgery
Amritaben is full of life of surgery

Statistical report of Blind People’s Association-Bareja Hospital for the year – 2014

(1st of October TO 31st of December- 2014)

S.N Name of the procedure Number of Surgeries

1         Cataract                     3120

2         AGS (Glaucoma)             2

3         Chelezion                        7

4         Keratoplasty                    0

5         Posterior Capsular Opacity (PCO)  248

6         Ptryrisium                       87

7         Squint                             1

           Total                          3465

(Three Thousand Four Hundred Sixty Five only)

During 1st of October 2014 to 31st of December 2014 a total number of 3465 patients had undergone surgery at Navalbhai and Hiraba Eye Hospital, An unit of Blind People Association, Bareja at which 3120 had undergone surgery for cataract which is the most leading cause of blindness in India.

During the reporting period (1st of October 2014 to 31st of December 2014), 92 outreach programs had been organized in remote locations of Gujarat where 11240 patients were provided treatment at their doorstep and among them 2451 patients were identified as cataract and 985 undergone surgeries at Bareja Hospital.  

Mega eye checkup camps were organized at Vatak, Modasa with the support of Samata Vikash Charitable Trust as a part of Sabarkantha Cataract Free Campaign; and at Isanpur, Dholka, Bavala, Vatva, Bagodara with the support of Arrez Khambata Benevolent Trust as a part of Save Sight Ahmedabad campaign.

New laundry unit started at the hospital premises in order to provide sterile clothes to doctors, assisting staffs and patients.

Dr. Bhushan Punani, Executive Secretary of the organization participated in Strategic Planning meeting of Vision 2020 held at Pune on 18th November, 2014. The Vision 2020 has set up a National Consortium for promoting services of low vision at national level. The next meeting of the envisaged consortium was held in Delhi on 20th March, 2015. This meeting was attended was representatives from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Orbis International, Sight Savers, CBM and other leading international organizations.

Thus BPA is a part of National Consortium on Vision 2020 and thus eye hospital will contribute towards promotion of low vision services - a great achievement indeed.

Mr. Dharmedra Jena, Manager, Eye Hospital participated in a national level meeting organized by CBM at Bhopal during 17th to 20th March, 2015 on Project Cycle Management Approach which will provide new professional insight into project management.

Bhuriben is back to field work after surgery
Bhuriben is back to field work after surgery
Dilkiben can see the world once again
Dilkiben can see the world once again
Group of patinets ready to leave for their homes
Group of patinets ready to leave for their homes
Smile on Face after Eye Surgery
Smile on Face after Eye Surgery

Hon'ble Governor of Gujrat, Dr. Om Praksh Kohli inagurated expansion of the hospital. Two new flloors, one each on eye hospital and orthopaedic hospital have been added to the exisiing buildings. With this expansion, service spectrum of the project would be expanded.

Now, the project would be able to achieve target of conducting 15,000 eye surgeries every year.

All existing projects Catract Free Sabarkantha and Save Sight Ahmedabad continued performing well. The project has already established 3 vision cenres at 3 locations in the district.

The performance report of project is given below:

Statistical report of Blind People’s Association-Bareja Hospital for the year – 2014

(1st of JULY TO 30th of September - 2014)

S.N Name of the procedure Number of Surgeries

1  Cataract                            3365

2   AGS (Glaucoma)                   3

3   Chelezion                              2

4   Keratoplasty                         0

5   Posterior Capsular Opacity (PCO)  356

6   Ptryrisium                           67

7   Squint                                 0

    Total                                 3793 (Three Thousand Seven Hundred Ninety Three only)

During   1st of July to 2014 to 30th of September 2014 a total number of 3793 patients had undergone surgeries at Navalbhai and Hiraba eye hospital, An unit of Blind People Association, Bareja among which 3365 had undergone surgery for cataract the leading cause of blindness.

During the reporting period (1st 1st of July to 2014 to 30th of September 2014) 84 outreach programs were organized in remote locations of Gujarat where 9875 patients were provided treatment at their doorstep and among them 2140 patients were identified as cataract and 1147 undergone surgeries at Bareja hospital.    

Megha eye checkup camp has been organized at Akrund with the support of Samata Vikash Charitable Trust and at Isanpur, Bavala, Vatva, Bagodara with the support of Arrez Khambata Benevolent Trust.  

New Vision center started at Modasa with the support from Annapurana charitable trust Modasa and Samata Vikash Charitable Trust.  

Grateful to all donors and well wishers for whole hearted support to this project. All are invited to visit the project when happen to be in Ahmedabad

Happy once again after his surgery
Happy once again after his surgery
Grateful to donors for regaining eye sight
Grateful to donors for regaining eye sight
Back to work after surgery
Back to work after surgery
Inauguration of Women Health Centre
Inauguration of Women Health Centre

Both campaigns (1) Save Sight Ahmedabad; (2) Cataract Free Sabarkantha are making excellent progress. Some of the comments of the sponsors of CFS are given below:

1. Comments of Architect of Cataract Free Sabarkantha Campaign

"10th Week without any break, EYE Check up work is going on well in Vatrak. This facility is improving by collective postive action by BPA, Vatrak Hospital Staff and SVCT local leaders. During Sathamba Camp, we had a meeting  with local people and they were happy about the services"

"Vatrak Hospital and Blind People Association with Support from Samata Vikas Charitable Trust, will open Vision in Vatrak Hospital on 1st June'2014. Vision Centre will have facility of EYE Check up , Glasses for near sight correction and patients having cataract will be taken to Bareja Hospital for surgery and bring them back to Vatrak.
This will help to reduce backlog of Cataract related eye correction in the area . Vatrak Hospital will send Mobile Van in nearby areas to educate rural people for eye check up and other facilities available at the site. 

BPA has understood the need for extending such facility in area and they are putting fa Vision Centre  in Vatrak Hospital . This initiative is also a part of 50th Year - Golden Jubilee years of Vatrak Hospital."

2. Comments donor who initiated the CFS Camapign

"We feel blessed that we have family that cares for less privileged in the society. The first camp in Sathamba was supported by my sister, daughter/ son-in law and son/ daughter in law. The second camp was supported by my son and daughter-in law. At a minimum my family will continue to support at least one eye camp every year for next few years.

All the credit should go to BPA which provided us a platform to help needy in our birth place and for running an excellent. financially transparent organization."

3. Comments of  residence of Gabat, a great supporter and moitivator of CFS Campaign

"Over the past four years, SVCT has made substantial progress in partnership with BPA towards our goal of promoting Cataract-free Sabarkantha, and we have an unique opportunity to take a significant new step to expand BPA’s services to help eye patients even further."

4. Comments of  moving spirit behind the CFS Campaign

"We are all happy to learn people's interest in Vatrak and eye center for our brothers and sisters of that area. We are there to support and serve. Your contribution will add a needed dimension to thhis campaign."

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

Statistical report of Blind People’s Association-Bareja Hospital for the year – 2014

(April 2014- June - 2014)

S.N   Name of the procedure  Number of Surgeries

1       Cataract                                    3240

2       AGS (Glaucoma)                            9

3       Chelezion                                      11

4        Keratoplasty                                   1

5        Posterior Capsular Opacity    342

6        Ptryrisium                                     51

7        Squint                                              0

          Total                                         3654  (Three Thousand Six Hundred Fifty-four only)

During  the period, April to June, 2014 a total number of 3654 patients had undergone surgery at Eye Hospital, a unit of Blind People Association, Bareja. During this period, outeach programs were organized in remote locations of Gujarat where 7895 patients were provided treatment at their doorstep and out of them 1856 patients were identified as those with cataract and 1008 have undergone surgeries at Bareja hospital.    

A Mega eye checkup camp was organized at Sathamba with the support of Samata Vikash Charitable Trust and at Isanpur, Narol Bakri Mandi, Vatva with the support of a Benevolent Trust.  Eye checkup camps were also conducted with the support Hitachi and Help Age india also.

One new Vision center was started at Delhi Chakla with the support a donor in addition to the existing one at Vatrak whchc was started with the support from Samata Vikash Charitable Trust.  

The Women Health Care center started at the hospital premises with the support from Shri Vitthalbhai Gatorbhai Patel and a Psychiatric unit with the support from a lady donor. 

The Chairpersons of Heart Foundation & Research Institute continued supporting the pathology, general OPD and meal services at the hospital. The Government of Gujarat also came forward to extend support to the hospital through District Blindness Control Society under the National Program on Control of Blindness.

BREAKING NEWS: The concept of establishing Vision Centres all across Sabarkantha & Aravali Districts makes further progress. The Annpurna Trust of Modasa, district head quarter of Aravali District has decided to invite Bareja Eye Hsopital to establish a well equipped Vision Centre at Modasa. This Centre will be inagurated on 14th September, the All India Flag Day for the Blind at Modasa.

Outreach Camp in Progress
Outreach Camp in Progress
Neeruben can the world her around her again
Neeruben can the world her around her again
Fardiaben is full of joy after eye surgery
Fardiaben is full of joy after eye surgery
Salmaben is now the happiest person
Salmaben is now the happiest person
Paniben thanks all the donors for her support
Paniben thanks all the donors for her support
 

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Blind People's Association (India)

Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat - India
Website: http:/​/​www.bpaindia.org
Project Leader:
Bhushan Punani
Ahmedabad, Gujarat India
$68,833 raised of $150,000 goal
 
806 donations
$81,167 to go
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