Every monthly donation helps more patients like Jamnaben with surgery
Hailing from Ahmedabad, Jamnaben stays with her huge extended family. However, when she suffered an injury that left her with a cataract in an eye, Jamnaben felt so embarrassed, that she refused to go out in public or even see family members.
She was referred to BPA, where she was diagnosed with Cataract and recommended for surgery. She was able to get a cataract operation just in time. She was provided with free surgery, stay, food and post-operative treatment.
Having completely recovered, Jamnaben now feels comfortable around her family and looks forward to becoming a bigger part of society with her renewed vision. You can help BPA in their quest to restore vision and confidence to many more like her.
By donating to this program
You will be sponsoring the benefits for different beneficiaries every month
What the beneficiary gets
Cataracts are often related to the aging process, but they are also occasionally found in younger people. It is completely treatable but if untreated, the person becomes totally blind. But due to poverty, many senior citizens live with blindness.
The Navalbhai and Hiraba Eye Hospital set up by the BPA, in collaboration with the Bareja General Hospital Trust provides comprehensive eye care services to people with eye problems, in several villages around Bareja. The program conducts free eye camps and surgeries for poor patients suffering from cataracts. Patients are provided with consultation, surgery, accommodation, spectacles, medicine, transportation, and follow-up treatment.
Donations made to this program support the cost of surgery, sutures, lens, and administrative expenses.
Close to 3 lakh patients are served annually by the Blind People's Association. By supporting this program you can help poor senior citizens get free cataract surgery and reclaim their life.
Blind Peoples Association, India
25 November, 2021
Gift sight with a cataract surgery
Under the sight restoration program, we have conducted 4372 sight restoration surgery. Even during the covid time also we were not stopped working for the person with visual impairment and were suffering from avoidable blindness. Even we have started two vision centres during the covid time. The development of primary eye care delivery through Vision Center is a key strategy in a growing number of developing countries to ensure we accomplish this shared goal of universal access to eye care. Vision Center provides easily accessible eye care services and a way for patients with chronic blinding eye conditions to readily monitor their eye health status. Blindness in developing countries, as well as in India, is most commonly found in rural and often remote underserved areas. A population-based epidemiological survey in the year 2000, found that the prevalence of blindness in the Indian state is quite high at 1.84% in the population. It is 2.4% in the rural areas, 80% of which is treatable or preventable. India has a population of 6.27 Cr but the total number of specialist eye hospitals in the state is alarmingly low. Most of these facilities are situated in urban centres which are nearly 70% of the population resides in the rural and suburban centres. Most of this 70% of the population are daily wage workers that need to travel to urban centres to get access to primary healthcare and lose their day’s wages. These facts indicate the shortfalls of the entire eye care industry and could be Sabarkantha and Aaravali is one of the most suffered zones of the state. We at Blind People’s Association believe that everybody deserves access to primary healthcare which is available, affordable, and accessible to the people most in need of the remote part in the state of Gujarat. As per our 11 years of experience with Sabarkantha, the people residing there are very friendly, affectionate, and want to be part of the mission. Having an eye hospital in the area will become a blessing for them. Blind People’s Association with all its expertise, intention, dedication, and professional expertise has planned for a state-of-the-art facility to deliver quality and cost-effective eye care of which the construction work has been started.\n","section":"Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months","question":"
\n 1. Please tell us what activities you have undertaken in this program in the last 5-6 months.You can refer to following pointers as\n
- Any milestones achieved? \n
- Any major events? \n
- Areas covered (cities, states, regions etc) \n
- Number of people impacted? \n
- How were they impacted or helped? \n
The cost has increased because of safety protocol due to covid which included PPE kit, sanitiser, and others. we tried to get the safety needs from the own fund of the organization. We are planning to cover maximum patients from tribal locations in the state of Gujrat under the program as they are many segregated and disadvantaged communities. We will cover the patients through our outreach program and through our vision centre in the district of Sabarkanth and Aravali which is a tribal dominant district in the state of Gujrat. The field-based outreached activities were not allowed but we were still able to continue our eye care activities in the community through our vision centre established in different districts.\n","section":"Challenges faced and next steps","question":"
\n 2. Challenges in utilising funds/carrying out operations. Please refer to following points for reference:\n
- Any challenges faced? \n
- Any covid related hurdles? \n
- How did you overcome it? \n
- What is your goal/aim/activity plan for the next 6 months for this program? \n
Jadiben Jodhabhai Bharvad of village Vavadi, of the district in Kheda. Her age is 60 years and she lives with her family including 6 other members in the family. She is a housewife and because cataract she was finding difficulty in the household and unable to see distance & near clearly during the last 8-9 months. On examination at our hospital runs by the Blind People's Association managed Porecha Eye Hospital, she has been diagnosed with a brown cataract. She was very afraid of surgery and gone back to the village but again her village peoples bring her back to the hospital for the eye check-up and the doctor advised her that she needs to undergo cataract surgery. She was operated on for the same and got back her vision again and now she can see near & distance. She is thankful to bareja hospital for giving her eyesight back and also to the donor who supported the hospital to make her see the world again.\n","section":"Stories from the ground","question":"
\n 3. Any beneficiary impact story you would like to share?\n"}],"images":["https://cdn.givind.org/static/images/update/eb2bde1d-3caf-4db6-8279-f9e9e608ace8.jpeg"]}
23 March, 2021
Save Sight of Poor & Needy People
We carry out survey in the villages around selected area to find out how many people have eye problems. The steps in this regard will be the following:
• Appointment of BPA staff members to do survey
• Identification of villages in consultation with officials of Donor
• Conducting eye check‐up camps with the help of a team of doctors
• Dispensing medicines on the spot
• Refractive check up
• Identification of persons with mature cataract
Our field staff will visit the villages and conduct awareness programmes regarding cataract disease and cataract surgery through pamphlets, handouts and announcements through rickshaw and public transport. There will be eye camps at specific time in a specific village and people will be encourage to come to the screening camp.Persons who are very poor and needy and who have mature cataract will be transported from their villages to the Navalbhai and Hiraba Bareja Eye Hospital where they will be given the best quality treatment totally free of cost. One family member will also be allowed to accompany each patient.
• Intensive Eye Check Up and Surgery: All the mature cataract patients will be then intensively checked up for other complications like retinal problems, glaucoma, blood pressure, diabetes, hear abnormalities etc. If they are declared fit for surgery, they will be given pre surgical medicine and treatment and then taken for surgery.
They will be kept in the hospital for two days in total. All meals and all other costs at this time along with surgical costs are totally free for patient. All these costs are included in the Rs. 2500/‐ that we are requesting from Donor per patient. After the surgery, the patient will be checked for post-surgical outcome and eye sight. The patient will be given eye drops for the entire month after surgery along with other medicines. They will be given detail instructions on post-surgical care like bathing, washing the face, hair etc.
After 15 days, the mobile team will visit the village and see all the patients again in a pre‐arranged area and dispense spectacles and other medicines.
5 July, 2020
Gift sight, gift hope !
Gift sight, gift hope !
With the help of your support we are able to performed around 105 free cataract surgeries to poor and needy patients of surrounding area of Ahmedabad as well as Sabarkantha District.
19 November, 2019
Care and support being provided
Care and support being provided
22 July, 2019
Blind People's Association runs an eye hospital near Bareja. This Hospital is located 25 kilometres away from Ahmedabad towards Kheda and specifically situated at Bareja Village besides NH-8 and providing comprehensive eye care services to the persons with eye problems in more than 500 villages around Bareja. The target population in these 300 Villages are more than 3,00,000. Every day more than 500 patients from these villages come to the hospital for availing its services. The hospital is having eye, E.N.T, orthopaedic, general, physiotherapy unit and pathology laboratory in its name. We are providing all types of eye related treatment to poor and needy patients. We are providing all treatment free of charge to poor and needy patients with the help of donors.
Story from the field
Life starts again for Naubhai
Thank you for gifting a cataract surgery to Naubhai. Nanubhai of village Nandej, District Ahmedabad is having two sons and two daughter and all of his sons and daughters are married and staying separately. Nanubhai is staying with his wife in a small thatched housed. Previously Nanubhai was use to going to the food colour factory as a technical worker in this way he earns livelihood for family, but because of his vision problem he was out of his job since last 7 years and dependent on his wife for his daily living and for his day to day need also. He was hopeless for his life and was quite depressed. One of his friends suggested Navalbhai & Hiraba Eye Hospital name run by Blind People’s Association. When he came to know about the hospital from the village ASHA worker he came of the surgery with her and after undergone surgery. We are providing pathology services along with medicine, two days stay, boarding -lodging and spectacles. We are also providing follow up services of operated patients in our hospital. Nanubhai is very happy that he can start his life all tighter again with a great hope. Nanubhai is thankful to donor for restoring his eye sight.
|What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?||500|
|What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date||400|
|Village/City/State where project is located||All over Gujarat|
|Total Budget for the project for FY18-19||900000|
|Total Expenses for the project YTD||720000|