(Registration of Societies Act XXI of 1860, No. 2040 of 1992)
Eye Bank Society, Chandigarh has been registered on April, 1992 under Registration of Societies Act XXI of 1860. (No 2040 of 1992). Society is at present functioning under the Presidentship of Mrs. Vanita Rai, IAS, Advisor to the Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh. Major objectives of Eye Bank Society, Chandigarh are:
Corneal blindness in this region is higher than the rest of the country. Corneal blindness afflicts younger people and deprives them of educational and vocational opportunities. Corneal transplant surgery restores sight and makes a big difference in the lives of these individuals. Many of them still continue to suffer because of non availability of donor eyes. There is urgent need to enhance awareness of eye donation and procurement of donor eyes to restore parity between demand and supply of donor eyes.
The Eye Bank Society, Chandigarh, is making active efforts to increase awareness of eye donation among people. "National Fortnight on Eye Donation" from 25th August to 8th September, every year is a vital publicity programme. However, publicity campaign through lectures, film shows, posters and appeals for eye donation is done throughout the year. Eye check up camps are held in rural areas to not only provide treatment for eye ailments but also to increase awareness of the eye donation. Eye check up of students of Institute for Care of Blind and Visually Handicapped, is done twice a year to identify individuals who can be helped by corneal transplant surgery. New innovative programmes, eye donation awareness contact programme and creation of Eye Donors Memory Lane have been recently started.
Eye Bank Society, Chandigarh, has completed five years. The efforts made during the formative years have started yielding the desired results. There has been a steady progress in increasing awareness of eye donation resulting in increased voluntary eye donation. The Eye Bank Society was instrumental in procuring 464 donor eyes and restoring eyesight to 432 sightless people.
Eye Bank Society, Chandigarh is working with sole aim of restoration of sight to the sightless, a life transforming reality. I am sure that with the help of active members the society has a bright and productive future.
I salute all the eye donors who helped us in restoration of sight.
Date Last Modified: 15 January 2000
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