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
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
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.
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.
Statistical report of Blind People’s Association-Bareja Hospital for the year – 2011
(December -2011 to February 2012)
S.N Name of the procedure Number of Surgeries
1 Cataract 2456
2 AGS (Glaucoma) 17
3 Chelezion 14
4 Keratoplasty 5
5 Posterior Capsular Opacity (PCO) 126
6 Ptryrisium 147
7 Squint 5
Total 2770 (Two Thousand Seven Hundred Seventy Only)
During 1st of December 2011 to 29th February 2012, a total number of 2,770 patients had undergone surgery at Navalbhai and Hiraba eye hospital, A unit of Blind People Association, Bareja, out of which 2456 had undergone surgery for cataract, the leading cause of blindness in India.
During the reporting period (1st of December 2011 to 29th of February 2012), 68 outreach programs had been organized in remote locations of Gujarat where 9487 patients were provided treatment at their doorstep and among them 1440 patients were identified as those having cataract and 968 had undergone surgeries at hospital.
During this period, the Maharashtra Seva Samiti Organization of located at 325 Sierra Morena CRT SW, Calagary, AB- T3H 2 X 8, Canada provided support for the purchase of a A-Scan and B-Scan Combined machine for the hostpial.
The HelpAge India and CAIRN India are supporting the hospital for conducting general health checkup camps at Surendranagar and Ahmedabad district of Gujarat.
2 MSW Students from Gujarat are pursuing their internship study at the hospital.
The hospital received Best Award for conducting highest and quality of surgery in the district of Ahmedabad.
Case Study 1: An eye full of dreams
Person: Dhanrajbhai A. Baghela, Sahawadi, Narolgam, Age- 19
Dhanrajbhai A. Baghela stays with his old parents in the village Narolgam. He is 19 years old and works in band party as a band master. During firework in a marriage he got his eyes damaged and develop traumatic cataract. Due to lack of financial problem, he was not doing anything about it. But after two months, he was not able to see at all and was finding problem for his bread and butter. He was very much worried about his condition and shared the same with the village Asha worker. They suggested and brought him to the hospital, where he is operated free of cost. He got back his vision again and got excited. He is back to his profession and he is once again an earning member.
He is very much thankful to the donors for their kind support to enable him to get his vision back.
Hope for a new life
Jamilaben Ansari, Kashiram Factory, Chandola, Age-60
Jamilaben Ansari of Candla village of Ahmedabad is a factory laborer. She is working in a colour factory in the mixing department. But since last one year Jamilaben develop cataract in both of her eyes and was not able to see well. She is also advised by the factory to go for her vision correction or stop the job as she is working in the food colour mixing department. But she was not sure where to go about it. Once she came to know that an eye camp to be organized by the hospital. She was very happy to know that she is going to get her vision back. She had been diagnosed with cataract in the camp and underwent surgery for the same in the hospital. She got back very good vision and she is very happy and thankful for the support.
"I am heartily thankful to the donor for getting back my vision" says Jamilaben.
Thanks to donors of the Global Giving, the Navalbhai Hiraba Eye Hospital at Bareja in Gujarat and India could take up performing of free of cost eye surgeries at a massive scale. The Eye hospital could organize at least 2 field camps at least twice a week in the remote areas of Gujarat. Each and every non affording patient was provided transport facility to the eye hospital, pathological check up, eye surgery, two nights stay with meals, medicines, follow up and spectacles where required. The hospital made a universal announcement that all the poor patients were welcome to the eye hospital or to the field camps for eye check up, refraction, eye treatment and eye surgeries where required. The hospital has added a new bus to transport the patients from far off areas to the eye hospital. Special attention was paid to school children for their eye check and specially refraction, provision of glasses and advance check up.
The target of the hospital is to perform at least 10,000 eye surgeries during the year 2010. To expedite the process, the hospital has started conducting eye surgeries on all the six days - Monday to Saturday. It has formed an independent team for conducting field camps and identify the patients needing eye surgeries. To enhance the quality of eye surgeries, the hospital has established a well equipped pathology lab. All the patients are checked for blood pressure, urine and blood sugar apart from other health conditions. It has also started availing services of a qualified physicians who check all the patients before the eye surgery.
During the course of field camps, the hospital realized that a number of persons require keratoplasty, the cornea transplant. The hospital has availed services of the leading Retina Foundation where such advance surgery is carried out completely free of cost. This is probably one few eye hospitals where such advance surgery which requires a donated cornea is performed completely free of cost. Even the post operative care is provided in the eye hospital at not cost to the donors.
For enhancing quality of eye surgeries, the hospital is using "Small Incision Cataract Surgery (SICS)" technique for the removal of cataract. It also provide phaco surgery in case of pediatric cataract surgeries.
We are grateful to donors of Global Giving and other supporters and the State Government of Gujarat for enabling our eye hospital to provide completely free of cost eye surgeries to all the patients attending the field camps and reporting at the eye hospital
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