Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra

Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra

Of the 37 million people across the globe who are blind, over 15 million are from India. 85% of this blind population lives in rural areas where there is lack of health services, unawareness and poor sanitation.

85% of the blindness could be avoided with a simple surgery restoring eyesight, thus restoring life.

To provide high quality eye care services, NBJK started two Loknayak Jaiprakash (LNJP) eye hospitals, with the kind support of Sightsavers and CBM. LNJP eye hospitals provide diagnosis and treatment to all types of eye problems like Cataract, Glaucoma, Ptosis, Diabetic Retinopathy, etc at highly subsidised cost. Poor patients who are unable to pay for the service, free services are provided. Last year with the support of CBM, Sightsavers, Sewa Foundation, Vision 2020, DVC, NTPC, HMS-HI, Birla Sun Life Insurence and World Diabetes Foundation, 48172 patients were diagnosed for eye problems, 264 screening camps have identified 1247 DR patients and 256 have been provided complete treatment. 11259 cataract surgeries, 28988 refractions and 5351 power specs distribution by LNJPEH are the figures highest by any charitable hospital in Jharkhand state. It runs three Vision Centres at Sherghati (Gaya), Chatra and Hazaribag with good response by people in need of eye care. Two pioneers in the field of eye care – Aravind Eye Hospital (Madurai) and NNN Vivekananda Ashrama (Chaitanyapur, Kolkata) have provided training & orientation support to doctors and staffs of LNJPEH last year while Birla Sun Life has contributed with Automated Perimetry equipment to Glaucoma Clinic and a Mini Bus for transportation facility to patients from remote villages.                

What is the need?

India is having the world’s largest number of blind people. Of the 37 million people across the globe who are blind, over 15 million are from India. 85% of this blind population lives in rural areas where there is lack of health services, unawareness and poor sanitation.

4 out of 5 people those who are blind, don’t have to be, if proper treatment would be provided at right time. Cataract is the major cause of blindness which can be cured with simple surgery restoring the life of that person. But due to lack of awareness and unable to visit hospital for check-ups, poor people living in villages lose their eyesight.

According to WHO, more that 68,000 of new cataract blindness is registered every year in Jharkhand state of India alone. With countable eye hospitals providing services for poor and pity condition of government hospitals, the situation become alarming.

Our Approach and Achievements

NBJK started Loknayak Jaiprakash Eye Hospital (LNJP) with the objective to provide high quality affordable services at free/affordable cost to poor and marginalised people. Currently there are two LNJP eye hospitals. LNJP Eye hospital, Hazaribag is a 80 bedded eye hospital started with the kind support of Sightsavers and LNJP Eye Hospital, Dumka is a 19 bedded eye hospital started with the kind support of CBM. These hospitals are catering about 10 districts of Bihar and Jharkhand states of India.

The hospital is providing check-up and treatment for almost all types of eye problems like cataract surgery, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, Ptosis, squint, etc.

To reach the poor and marginalised living in remote areas, weekly camps are done to diagnose people with eye problems. People diagnosed with cataract are brought to the hospital, operated and again send back to the villages.

Last year with the support of CBM, Sightsavers, Sewa Foundation, Vision 2020, DVC, NTPC, HMS-HI, Birla Sun Life Insurence and World Diabetes Foundation, 48172 patients were diagnosed for eye problems, 264 screening camps for 16232 people have identified 1247 DR patients and 256 have been provided complete treatment. 11259 cataract surgeries, 28988 refractions and 5351 power specs distribution by LNJPEH are the figures highest by any charitable hospital in Jharkhand state.

Still much to do…

  • 68000 of new cataract blind cases are registered every year in Jharkhand
  • 85% of cases are curable, but poor people are losing their eyesight in absence of proper medical facility at village level.
  • Most affected at tribal community where there is extreme lack of awareness about cataract.