Pakistan - Karachi

Make Blindness History No 6


Restoring sight – the context for this application

WHO advise that restoration of sight is one of the most social and cost effective health interventions. This is a Rotarians Ophthalmic Initiative (ROI) and Blindness Prevention Donor Advised Fund (BPDAF - see annex 1) supported avoidable blindness project. This project supports programs promoted by WHO, the International Agency for Blindness Prevention (IAPB), the Rotary Action Group for Blindness Prevention (RAGBP) and VISION 2020: THE RIGHT TO SIGHT, and many international eye-care charities, by encouraging Rotarians to help promote activities which will help eradicate avoidable blindness by the year 2020. It addresses our collective Clubs’ & Districts’ ambition to help 'make blindness history.

Location and impact

Embracing 9 Clubs in India, Pakistan and the UK, and supported by four Districts, the project will restore sight for some 1,970 people in North Karachi and local surrounds, Sindh, Pakistan.

Cataract surgeries will be provided for the needy, marginalized and disadvantaged people living in rural areas where no government facilities are available and in the urban slums of cities where facilities are not adequate and services provided are far from satisfactory. While the private sector offers treatment these are at prohibitive rates rendering them helpless and as a result they drift into blindness.

Due to limited availability of healthcare facilities and high poverty levels, our cooperating organisation - LRBT, the largest NGO in Pakistan which conducts 33% of all eye care treatments in Pakistan, will undertake the surgical element. It provides appropriate state-of-art services free of charge thanks to the help of donors.. WHO has estimated that the restoration of sight has an economic benefit of some $1,200 p.a. On that basis this project will enhance the local economy by some $2.3m

Needs criteria

Pakistan has a Per Capita Income of US$ 77 per month, 2/3rds of the Pakistani population lives around the poverty line; the

bulk of their income is spent on food. There are 1.7 Million blind people and another 170,000 become blind every year. 85%

of blindness is curable. 60% is due to cataract which can be cured by a simple operation. Another 17 million people have

impaired vision, 7.6 million due to cataract.

$28.50 will restore the eyesight of a person and return him or her to being a productive member of society. In 1916 Paul Harris stated: "Rotary will continue to be charitable, but it can do more than that; let it remove the cause of that which makes charity necessary". Restoring eyesight will do just that. RIP D.K. Lee asks us to reduce child mortality: A child who is allowed to go blind is twice as likely to die before the age of 13, in a less developed country. We will restore the eyesight of children, as well as adults, who will be able to take care for their families.


It is anticipated that the project will complete within 9-11 months of the formal start date.

In summary:

The project will provide improved sight care / restoration free of charge to some 1,970 low income patients in North Karachi and surrounding areas. By doing it will restore their self esteem and capabilities to support themselves and their families.

Primary Host Partner in the Project Country

Club: Karachi Sharqi

District: 3271

Primary Contact: Syed Shakeel Ahmed


Check all projects from: [District 3271] [Karachi Sharqi Rotary Club] [Syed Shakeel Ahmed]

Primary International Partner Outside the Project Country

Club: Stevenage Grange

District: 1260

Primary Contact: Stephen Sypula


Check all projects from: [District 1260] [Stevenage Grange Rotary Club] [Stephen Sypula]

Proposed Financing

Primary Host Sponsor Rotary Club/District

Rotary Club of Karachi Sharqi


District 3271 DDF


Primary International Sponsor Rotary Club/District

Rotary Club of Stevenage Grange


District 1260 DDF


Additional Rotary Clubs/Districts

Rotary Club of Karachi South


District 3010 DDF


Rotary Club of Sudbury


Rotary Club of Woodbridge


Rotary Club of Redbridge


Rotary Club of Monkseaton Centenary


Rotary Club of St Annes-on-the-Sea


Rotary Club of Delhi SE


Rotary Club of Blindness Prevention Donor Advised Fund


Amount requested from the Rotary Foundation




Status and Progress Information


This project is completed. Project listed for the 2012-13 Rotary Year.

The Matching Grant application number from TRF is #77203.

The TRF Staff in charge of this grant is Janna Glucksman (

<5-Apr-12> System Entry
Creation of project page.

<5-Apr-12> by Stephen
The fully funded application was submitted to TRF on 27th March 2012. It was acknowledged on 4th April and allocated a MG reference No. of #77203

<6-Apr-12> System Entry
Grant paperwork sent to The Rotary Foundation.

<23-May-12> System Entry
Grant approved by The Rotary Foundation.

<30-Apr-12> by Stephen
The Project was approved by TRF on 30th April 2012

<2-Dec-12> by Syed Shakeel Ahmed
The Matching Grant Funds were transferred to the Project account in September 2012 and the project took off from October 1, 2012. It would be cpmpleted by the end of June 2012 after 9 months of its initiation.

<16-Mar-14> System Entry
Grant status changed to "Completed".