GORKHA EYE HOSPITAL PROJECT
Berkeley Annapurna Lions Club has recently signed a partnership agreement with Gorkha Lions Club one of the most active Lions clubs in Nepal. It is celebrating g its silver jubilee this year with various programs. It has launched many meaningful and productive programs for the needy people of its community especially in the field of Eye care. The club has its own building with a free eye clinic.
Gorkha is one of the most important historical districts in Nepal from where modern Nepal was unified with effort of the Gorkha King Prithvi Narayan Shah. It is the home of the legendary Gorkha soldiers. The district, with Gorkha as its district headquarters, covers an area of 3,610km² and has a population (2001) of 288,134. It is the location of the famous Manakamana temple. Although it is such an important place in Nepal, it is one of the most backward districts in Nepal with a very low literacy rate, per capita income and health status. Blindness in Gorkha is more than national average of Nepal.
The club has started an ambitious project to build an Eye hospital with 29 beds and operation facility. Although many people and organizations have made a commitment to generate fund, it is not enough. Only thirty percent of the construction work is completed and seventy percent of the construction will depend on the generous doners . As a partner club, Berkeley Annapurna Lions Club has decided to collect fund for this ambitious one of the most productive projects of Lions Clubs in Nepal where entire population of Gorkha district and some three neighbouring districts will benefit. We urge each Lion and clubs in our district/ multiple district to contribute generously for this noble cause.
Need of an eye hospital in Gorkha
1.Blindness in Gorkha is higher than the national average. According to the Nepal Blindness Survey 1981 national Average was 0.84% whereas Gorkha was 0.93 %.
2.Since 2003 (2060 B.S) Lions Club of Gorkha is running a eye care centre for primary care only. Annual average number of the people, who were benefited from the centre, is 8000 per year or 40 people per working day. This is significant. Many people with eye problem use to go to Bharatpur, Kathmandu and Pokhara due to limited facilities in Gorkha. The number will be much higher once the facility will be upgraded or a full phased hospital established.
3.There are many untreated cases due to limited facilities in Gorkha and people’s affordability / poverty to go to Bharatpur, Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Amount to be collected from government, individual and institutional donors60,71,019.00
The above details are in Nepali Currency. The club is sort of 60,71,019.00 currently which is equivalent to 78,871.7 US Dollar.
Running Costs Cover Plan
•Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh has given words to cover the necessary doctors’ costs
•Rent from the ground flour shopping units
•Income from spectacle sales
•Interest from a trust fund
All the collaborative partners are committed for the sustainability of the planned eye hospital.