Prevention of Blindness Trust

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Prevention of Blindness Trust
AbbreviationPOB Trust, POB
Formation2007
TypeFree Eye Care Registered Trust
Legal statusRegistered Trust under Trust act of Pakistan. Tax Exempted.
HeadquartersLahore
Location
Coordinates31.496607,74.265425
Region served
Pakistan and Worldwide 20 Countries
Official language
Urdu, English
Secretary General
Dr. Muhammad Zahid Latif
Chairman
Dr. Intzar Hussain Butt
Parent organization
Pakistan Islamic Medical Association
AffiliationsECOSOC, WHO,[1] FIMA, FIMA Save Vision, PIMA – See[2]
Volunteers
250 Ophthalmologists
Websitewww.pobtrust.org

Prevention of Blindness Trust, also known as the POB Trust and POB, is a project of Pakistan Islamic Medical Association.[3][4] POB Trust was established and registered by Trust Act in July 2007 as a leading volunteer eye care organization with the sole mission of preventing blindness and preserving sight. POB Trust was declared exempted from tax in 2012 by Federal Board of Revenue (Pakistan)[5] POB Trust endeavors to develop strategies for prevention and control of blindness and visual impairment. The prime objective of POB Trust is to promote and sustain a global campaign against all forms of avoidable blindness with emphasis on deprived communities. This initiative brings with it a great challenge and an exciting hope for all who work towards this goal. It is also a member of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness for the VISION 2020: The Right to Sight.[6]

Activities[edit]

The POB Trust was registered in 2007, but the organization had been working in the field since 2005. Until July 2021, approximately US$7.5 million had been spent on its projects of free eye care services involving 203,189 cataract surgeries of patients in 20 countries. POB Trust has been working in many areas:

  • Free Eye Camps Pakistan
  • Free Eye Camps in poor countries.
  • Higher Surgical Training[7]
  • School Eye Care Services.
  • Emergency Relief: Earth Quake, Floods, IDP's.
  • Prison Eye Care.
  • Social Activities.
  • Blind Rehabilitation Program.
  • Community Centers: Jarranwala District Faisalabad, Channan Kharian District Gujrat.
  • POB Eye Hospitals: Lahore and Karachi
  • Public Awareness Campaigns

POB Trust organizes free eye camps in remote areas of the country. Every camp lasts for 2 to 4 days according to the location. During each free eye camp, 1000-3000 patients are screened for cataracts and if diagnosed, they are referred for diagnostic tests including Hepatitis B, C Screening. Tests are performed free of cost in the camp. After passing these tests patient goes towards surgery, and about 100-300 patients undergo the surgery in three days. Cataract surgeries are done with Intraocular lens implantation with a small incision and phacoemulsification. Reading glasses and eye drops are also distributed.

Free eye camp in Faisalabad district of Punjab Pakistan

From 2005 to March 2019, the trust has achieved the following milestones: 22 countries in Asia and Africa 730 free eye camps. Over 1,418,000 patients were examined and treated. Over 203,189 cataract surgeries with lens implantation. Over 1.9 million pairs of reading glasses were distributed.

Partners[edit]

POB Trust worked in shared projects with many other organizations like Helping Hand for Relief & Development Pakistan (HHRD-Pakistan), Akhuwat, Al Khidmat Foundation, Federation of Islamic Medical Associations Save Vision, Pak Trust UK, Pakistan Islamic Medical Association and with Ministry of Health Pakistan.

POB Eye Hospitals[edit]

Lahore[edit]

  • 720 Kamran Block Allama Iqbal Town Lahore. 042-35414720
POB Eye hospital Lahore Pakistan
  • 7 kilometers Main Raiwind Road, Lahore.

Karachi[edit]

Address: C -15 Block 12, Gulistan e Johar Near Munawar Chowrangi, Karachi. 021-34156597

Front view of POB Eye hospital Karachi Pakistan

Countries of activities[edit]

POB Trust activities during this period were based in 20 countries, as follows:

Sudan, Chad, Somalia, Somali land, Nigeria,[8][9] Mali, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Burkina Faso, Niger, Indonesia, Cameroon, Morocco, Zimbabwe, Gambia, Gaza Palestine,[7] Bangladesh, South Africa, Maldives and Pakistan.

International Recognition[edit]

1. Richard and Hinda Rosenthal award from The Rosenthal Family Foundation is given to Dr. Pervaiz Malik on Prevention of Blindness Services recognition. Date is 24 April 2009.[10][11]

2. Pakistan Society of Ophthalmology award in 2011[12]^

3. Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Outstanding service in prevention of blindness Award[13]

Research Published[edit]

1. Prevalence of Refractive Errors in a public school children of Lahore[14]
2. Private Public Mix Working Model of a Teaching Hospital, Benefits for the Organizations and End users[15]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Seminar on blindness: PIMA to build a hospital for free eye treatment". The Express Tribune. June 29, 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Doctors to conduct eye surgeries in Africa". The News. Pakistan. June 29, 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Prevention Of Blindness Trust (POB Trust) - Downloads". pobtrust.org. Archived from the original on 2016-06-11.
  6. ^ "Prevention Of Blindness Trust (POB Trust) - Core Values And Strategy". pobtrust.org. Archived from the original on 2015-01-04.
  7. ^ a b "Daily Express News Story".
  8. ^ http://epaper.brecorder.com/2010/07/08/18-page/191321-news.html[dead link]
  9. ^ "Daily Express News Story".
  10. ^ http://fimaweb.net/cms/index.php/joomla-pages-iii/categories-list/71-projects/pob-trust/150-the-rosenthal-family-foundation
  11. ^ "ACP: International Activities - Newsletter - July 2009". Archived from the original on 2013-10-03. Retrieved 2015-06-05.
  12. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-02-23. Retrieved 2015-06-05.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "::Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO)::". www.apaophth.org. Archived from the original on 2011-09-04.
  14. ^ "Prevalence of Refractive Errors". Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2015-06-05.
  15. ^ "Private Public Mix Working Model". Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2015-06-05.