According to the 2011 Census of India, there are about 5 million persons with blindness in the country, of which 1.2 lacs are suffering with corneal blindness. The main causes of corneal blindness are injuries, infections, and Vitamin A deficiency, and it can be treated by keratoplasty (corneal transplant).
Ayush Darpan Foundation asks all its supporters and stakeholders both in India and abroad to join hands to support SAKSHAM and Bobby’s Walk Full Circle to help realize an India free of corneal blindness by 2018.
Samadrishti Kshmata Vikas Evam Anusandhan Mandal (SAKSHAM) is based in India that works towards the empowerment of the disabled across the country. The present initiative of SAKSHAM aims to spread awareness regarding eye donation, building up essential Pinfrastructures like eye banks/eye collection centers across the country, motivating doctors to do corneal transplantation, identification of persons with corneal blindness and linking them to doctors and eye banks to address the issue of Corneal blindness which can be treated by cornea transplantation i.e. eye donation so that Indian can be corneal blindness free by 2018.
Bobby Grewal who is the chairman of India Association-UK started his 2600 mile long walk from Kanyakumari to New Delhi on the 25th of October 2015. The walk shall be via Madurai, Puducherry, Chennai, Nellore, Guntur, Visakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Asansol, Ranchi, Gaya, Patna, Varanasi, Allahabad, Kanpur, Lucknow and Noida before it reaches New Delhi in the first week of April 2016. The walk which is supported by the British Prime Minister David Cameron aims to raise monies for the British Asian Trust whose main patron is Prince Charles and the Great Ormond Street Children Hospital in London, and Prime Minister National Relief Fund and SAKSHAM in India.
To make India corneal blindness free is a noble mission and Ayush Darpan Foundation requests all its readers to pledge to donate their eyes and to convince others to join the “Corneal Blindness Free Bharat Movement” for 2015-18.
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For further information, please contact your nearest Eye Bank or access the following links-
Empower SAKSHAM Empower INDIA !
India Association- UK