About Drusti Daan
In the year 2002 Drushti Daan was brought into existence in Bhubaneswar with the help, dedication and untiring efforts of a few well meaning individuals having a desire to meaningfully contribute to the corneal blind in the State of Orissa, India .
Before Drushti Daan came into existence there was no Eye Bank, not even a Cornea Collection Centre, at Bhubaneswar .
Relentless planning and groundwork along with the guidance and advice of few doctors and eminent people, brought drushtidaan it’s registration as a Society under the Registration of Societies Act XXII of 1860 on the 6th March 2002. In the month of April it became an Institutional Life Member of the Eye Bank Association of India.
Drushti Daan was formed to Promote Eye Donation and to Combat Corneal Blindness, in Orissa by establishing an Eye Banking System having a 2-tier structure encompassing a Nodal Eye Bank and Cornea Collection Centres to ensure adequate collection, evaluation & preservation and distribution of quality Corneal tissues for transplant to the needy free of cost.
Zeal, dedication, a high level of professional management, continuous and sustained effort to conduct awareness programmes and promote eye donation, is what drushti daan is all about.
Very fondly and in all humility we acknowledge the help rendered by friends in one of the most difficult project we embarked on five years back. This steep up-climb was possible only with the teamwork of these friends. We are obligated to these well meaning persons who are sensitive to the cause of eye banking.
Today, we pride ourselves on Drushti daan making a mark for itself in the eye-banking scenario of Orissa.
We are thankful to Dr Sidhanta Kar, Director of Kar clinic and Hospitals whose ready willingness gave birth to drushtidaan eye bank at Kar Clinic in Bhubaneswar. We worked here for five years.
We are grateful to Dr. S.T. Muralidhar who was the Hony. Medical director, during this period. He gave his whole hearted support and services to drushtidaan.
L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Bhubaneswar executed an MOU with drushti daan on 3rd April 07. This enabled drushti daan to shift its operations to their premises to function as a community eye bank. Thus opening a new and beautiful chapter for drushti daan. Our gratitude to Dr G. N. Rao, Dr. T. P. Das, Dr. Usha Gopinathan and Dr. Paul Dubord, Founder, Eyesight International, Canada, for their support.
HCRP (HOSPITAL CORNEA RETRIVAL PROGRAM)
The First HCRP was launched in Kalinga hospital and this program is successful. We are very grateful to the Management of Kalinga Hospital.
In May 2007 the Department of Health & family welfare, Government of Orissa, helped us to start off drushti daan’s Eye Donation Counselling Centre at the Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar to facilitate the HCRP. We grateful to the Department and the CMO of the Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar.
Eye Bank today
Drushti Daan has been active for past several years in spearheading eye-banking movement in the state of Orissa.
It has been our constant endeavor to further improve our performance both qualitatively and quantitatively and we have been committed to developing a Community Eye Bank in the state of Orissa.
L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Bhubaneswar (a pioneer institution prividing Eye care facilities and highly experienced in the practices of eye banking) has provided the infrastructure for drushti daan in their campus. Eyesight International, Canada, has supported drushti daan by providing funds for medical equipments, surgical instruments and other facilities to function as a Community Eye Bank at Bhubaneswar.
Acceditations & Registrations
Registered as a Society under the Society’s Act XXII of 1860 on 6th March 2002.
Registered and certified by the Health and Family Welfare Department.
Donations are exempted under Section 80G of Income Tax Act of 1961 since 2002-03.
Registered under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976 with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, to receive foreign contributions.
Do not bury. Do not burn. Donate and gift sight.