The population of ‘vision challenged’ people in India is about 15 million out of which, 80% (or about 12 million) are cases of “Avoidable or Correctable Blindness”. Such cases can be managed and treated through appropriate interventions. Under the category of “Avoidable Blindness”, about 63% patients have Cataract while 38% cases are afflicted with Refractive Errors, Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma and Childhood blindness, etc. A significant proportion of Avoidable Blindness cases are from the economically weaker sections of society from rural areas. Cataract being the major cause of blindness, its surgical removal and implantation of an Intra-Ocular Lens will restore sight to patients suffering cataract related blindness, thereby reducing the cases of “Avoidable Blindness” by significant numbers. This project aims to work towards reduction of cases of “Avoidable Blindness”. This will be achieved by upgrading the investigation/diagnostic and surgical treatment related facilities in a not for profit eye care hospital, already engaged in carrying out cataract surgeries ‘free of cost’ and subsidized surgeries, particularly of poor and needy patients. More specifically, the project envisages donation of medical equipment to - The Poona Blind Men Association's H.V. Desai Eye Hospital, Pune, thereby augmenting its capacity to treat a larger number of patients and improving the quality of eye care management.
|Rotary Volunteer Hours||250|
|No of direct Beneficiaries||99999|
|Partner Clubs||RC Adilya|
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|Project Category||Disease Prevention and Treatment|