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Providing the Gift of Sight

Choithrams presents an inspirational ‘Gift of Sight’

DUBAI, July 29, 2020

Choithram International Foundation (CIF) has published ‘Gift of Sight’, a moving compilation of stories, figures, analyses and insights, on the festive occasion of Eid al-Adha. 
The 52-page ‘Gift of Sight’ packs in-depth coverage and on-ground experiences to give a glimpse of how 75% of the visually impaired persons in the world could have their vision restored, given an intervention of goodness and collaboration. 
A digital copy of ‘Gift of Sight’ in English and Arabic is ready for download from the link
Presented with an authentic, first-person commentary, the narration gives readers a chance to shadow a visually impaired village dweller in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The journey of transformation, from darkness to light, from blindness to restored vision, makes for an emotionally charged experience that ‘Gift of Sight’ inspires. The chronicle is a celebration of gift giving, charity, and fellowship, and a testimony of what can be achieved when ‘goodness’ unites the people of India and the UAE.
LT Pagarani, Chairman of Dubai’s community-focused retail brand, Choithrams, said: “I invite you to join us on this journey, read the chronicle, participate with your views, and help us reach many more with the gift of sight. Perhaps the precious gift of them all.”
Offering free surgery and low-cost treatment, Choithram Netralaya restores the vision of more than 25,000 people (every year) coming from the rural heartland in the Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. As part of CIF, the eye hospital joins several other welfare institutes to provide an ever-expanding ambit of care and commitment towards humanitarian causes in healthcare and education across the globe.
Despite clinical and technological progress, a record number of people are suffering from avoidable blindness. According to the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, it is estimated at least 2.2 billion people in the world have vision impairment. Of those, at least 1 billion cases are avoidable. One-fourth of the world’s blind population, estimated to be around 8 million, live in India. The intervention of Choithram Netralaya in Indore, providing cataract operations and treatments, ensures more than 25,000 persons have their vision restored every year.
The hospital receives international guests and VIPs regularly. Abdullah Abdulwahed Ahmed Mohammed Al-Ali from the UAE visited the facility, and was impressed: “Our visit to Choithram Netralaya (CN) during the mega camp in January 2020, opened our eyes. There are so many out there who need help. It is great to see an institution like CN devoted to the cause of eliminating avoidable blindness and taking such good care of the needy population.”
‘Gift of Sight’ presents a matter-of-fact and transparent account of operating a wide network of eyecare infrastructure that reaches more than 20 million people in the most remote parts of rural India. This gives readers a chance to familiarise themselves with the challenges and opportunities and play a participatory role by recommending interventions or innovations that could further help reduce incidence of avoidable blindness. 
“We were humbled by what we saw at the mega camp. The hospital is doing a great service to humanity by delivering such good care to the poor among the blind. The dedication and passionate response to the cause of eliminating avoidable blindness is inspiring, and we take this message back to Dubai,” remarked a visiting dignitary from Dubai, Ahmed Ali Ayachi.
As the UAE prepares to celebrate its golden jubilee in 2021, the current year is about building a strategy for the next 50 years. An important part of the strategy will be to consolidate the global footprint of the UAE in humanitarian programmes. The UAE’s private sector will do well to join hands and bolster the nation’s outreach, and brands like Choithrams are well-positioned to contribute with the success of their past and ongoing projects.
“Choithram Netralaya has been in operation for more than 25 years, transforming thousands of lives with the gift of sight. Avoidable blindness remains a major threat to development globally. It is denying families and young people a chance to a better life. Application of innovative technologies can help in scaling our reach exponentially. We are looking to collaborate at Expo 2020 next year to bring actionable global solutions that can bring down the high incidence of avoidable blindness. Our work has just begun,” concluded Pagarani.
During a 3-month annual mega camp, Choithram Netralaya conducts more than 10,000 free cataract surgeries (pre-Covid19) serving the underserved, needy population in rural India. The eye hospital facility outside the city of Indore can accommodate more than 250 patients across 8 general wards with a provision of 12 fully-equipped operating theatres – a team of 13 specialists perform cataract surgery all day and all night. -- Tradearabia News Service


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