Inspite of best intention and efforts of Govt. of India and other agencies, there continues a huge backlog of cataract cases which is increasing year after year. WHO, under Vision 2020 program had been supporting its member countries to eradicate avoidable blindness by the year 2020. As per Govt. of India, incidence of blindness is about 1% of the total population on an average and 8.5% in the age – group of 50 years and above.
Objectives of “Drishti Project” are:
Population of each district differs from district to district and state to state. Taking population of one district as 15 lakhs and taking 1% cases of eye related illness, there could be 15000 such cases out of which 9000 could be cataract cases ( About 62% are cataract cases). There is also backlog of such cases and incidence of occurrence of such cases also takes place every year. Thus, there is adequate scope of launching the project ‘Drishti’ in any district. Number of cases are much more in the backward states and district.
Eye screening camps are organized in consultation with the concerned local officers of the sponsoring organization. They are involved in deciding the areas and venue for the camps to archive maximum mileage. In all publicity material, the name of the sponsoring organization is projected to give adequate publicity. Inauguration of the eye camp is done by the available senior officer of the unit. It is ensured that there is proper coverage of the event in print and electronic media to project its image as “caring” organization.