Rationale of Project Vision

There are 39 million people across the globe that is blind.India is now home to the world's largest number of blind people with 15 million persons. (WHO 2010)

As regards our home State of Karnataka, a national survey on blindness has shown that barely 50 per cent of the people in Karnataka have near normal vision and prevalence of blindness is more than the national average. Covering 40,000 people all over the country, including 3,200 in Karnataka, a survey by the National Programme to Control Blindness has pointed out that 13.7 per cent of the population in the State suffers from blindness as against the national average of 8.5 per cent.

Thus we cannot be blind to this issue. It needs our immediate attention.

Scope of Work

There are different areas of work for the people with visual problems that offer great possibilities for us to contribute positively.

The main scope is in the line of eye donations. At present approximately only 35,000 corneas are collected in India every year, whereas 150,000 are required annually to combat corneal blindness. As a result, the patient line-up and wait to get a corneal transplant keeps getting longer with each passing day. Furthermore, the cost of cornea transplant in addition to unavailability for corneas makes it practically impossible for underprivileged people to access these medical remedies.

Another area of work will be to get the permanently blind person to lead a better life. There is a huge dearth of trained person to deal with disability issues. Advocacy work needed to ensure the rights of persons with blindness.

The global fact that 82% of the persons with disabilities belong to the economically weaker section of the society, calls us to focus on this segment.