Help poor elderly to see the world once again
Swaroop is a 75-year-old man, who belonged to a lower class family of Chandoli in Alwar district of Rajasthan. Given his age, he started losing his eyesight and soon he could not see at all. He went to a private hospital where the doctor informed him that he was suffering from an incurable hyper mature cataract. Devastated at the thought of not being able to see again, Swaroop one day got to know from his relative about Mahatma Gandhi Netralaya . He went there for a check-up in the hope of a positive news. To Swaroop's happiness, the doctor there told him that his eyesight can be restored through an operation. Swaroop's heart sank once again on getting to know about the cost involved in the surgery. He again became hopeful about getting his sight back when he was told that Sapna sponsors cataract surgeries of patients from underprivileged backgrounds.
He went through a successful cataract operation on January 15, 2019 and stayed in the hospital for few days under doctor's observation. He couldn't thank the doctor and Sapna enough when his bandage was removed and he once again could see the world around him. He was discharged with eye drops and sunglasses, given free of cost by Sapna. When he came back for a follow-up check-up on January 22, the doctors found his vision very clear.
Losing sight with age is common and in many cases it can be restored. But for the ones who cannot afford treatment, end up living a dependent life. Donate to gift a sight to poor ederly like Swaroop Khan. You can give with confidence because every program on our platform is GIVEASSURED.
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What the beneficiary gets
Sapna provides treatment to everyone who walks in, irrespective of their financial condition. They identify the beneficiaries through their screening camps which they are conducting since 2007 (once a month). A registration fee of Rs. 500 is charged from the beneficiaries who can afford it. After thorough eye check-up, surgery is suggested if required. After the surgery, they are provided with glasses and eye drops free of cost. They are also called for follow-up check-ups to avoid any complications. Special or complicated cases are directed towards eye specialists in Delhi, the Venu Eye Research Centre.
1 October, 2021
Mahatma Gandhi Netralaya
To address the problem of blindness and bridge the gap of lack of services in rural areas of Alwar district, NGO SAPNA in 2007 partnered with Venu Eye Institute & Research Center, a leading eye hospital in Delhi. Its mandate was to take eye care to the doorsteps of the people of Alwar by organizing eye camps in remote rural areas. Since then more than 200 eye camps have been organized in remote villages of Alwar district. Looking to the need and demand of eye care services in Alwar District, NGO SAPNA built the Mahatma Gandhi Netralaya at village kaduki on the outskirts of Alwar city. The Netralaya became functional on the 25th of August 2017. This charitable eye hospital is exclusively for the poor and underprivileged seeking secondary eye care services in Alwar, Rajasthan. The hospital is managed by two full-time Vision Technician (Optometrist) who does vision testing and refraction and also dispenses glasses. The surgery is done once a week by a specialist eye surgeon from Delhi. Every week 15 to 20 surgeries are being performed. In the last six months, a total of 2439 patients was examined. 1081 male and 1358 female. A total number of eye surgeries done- 361 and 481 spectacles distributed.\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 hospital was totally closed in April and May 21 due to country-wise lockdown. We have established a covid care unit (Isolation Center) in our eye wards for Anandam Covid Patients during these months.\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
Eye Surgery of Patient Kallu (Picture No3)-Subha Khan is a 70-year-old and poor labourer from village Thekda, near Vijay Mandir Alwar, the Centre of NGO Sapna. His vision began to deteriorate very fast due to cataracts and he almost became blind. He turned up at Sapna Netralaya for a check-up. His case was diagnosed and identified for eye surgery. He was operated upon on 15.06.2020 along with others identified for the purpose in the eye camp. He was provided with the best quality lens and treatment. After three days of admission and total support, he was finally released. His vision returned fully after some time. He can now enjoy the beautiful sights of his surroundings and his family. Another life put on track with satisfaction.\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/292816d3-72f8-4469-a984-d00640cde1db.jpeg"]}
23 March, 2021
Mahatma Gandhi Netralaya- A charitable eye hospital exclusively for the poor and underprivileged seeking secondary eye care services in Alwar, Rajasthan.
To address the problem of blindness and bridge the gap of lack of services in rural areas of Alwar district, NGO SAPNA built the Mahatma Gandhi Netralaya at village kaduki on the outskirts of Alwar city.
SAPNA began to provide high-quality eye-care to the underserved rural areas of Alwar from 2007 in partnership with Delhi-based Venu Eye Institute and Research Centre. Its community optometric and ophthalmology projects have been highly successful. In 2010, a Vision Centre was set up at Vijay Mandir. This was followed by the construction of Mahatma Gandhi Netralaya-a leading-edge eye-hospital near Vijay Mandir-that became operational in 2017-18. By 2019-20 SAPNA managed to handle 11486 cataract surgeries and revolutionized the access to quality eye-care in the region.
From June 2020 to December 2020, 383 Cataract Surgeries have been performed out of which 217 are male and 166 are females.