World Sight Day Activities Report

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South East Asia

In Bangladesh, the BADAS-ORBIS Eye Care Project observed WSD13 with an emphasis on the main theme ‘Universal Eye Health’. Affiliated Associations, including Thakurgaon, Bogra and Pabna Diabetic Association took up month long activities to spread awareness on prevention of avoidable blindness and visual impairment. The project also used the occasion to urge diabetic people to get their eyes tested at least once in a year. The Bogra Diabetic Hospital also conducted rallies, a Meeting, a special Camp, a stakeholder meeting, employed Folk songs and street theatre to spread key messages.

The Dr. K. Zaman BNSB Eye Hospital organized a colorful rally ”Drishti Padajatra” at Mymensingh, Nakla, Sherpur and Netrokona districts of Bangladesh on October 23, 2013. The rallies passed through the main city of Mymensingh, Nakla and Netrakona. School children, representative from civil society, different govt. official and representatives from different NGOs were present in the said rallies.

On the same day we also organized a seminar titled “Role of Civil Society in the Reduction of Avoidable Blindness”. The seminar was held at the district council hall here in Mymensingh. A keynote paper was presented on “Role of Civil Society in the Reduction of Avoidable Blindness”. Discussion was held on theme by the representatives of civil society. Dr. K. Zaman BNSB Eye Hospital has brought out different promotional materials in connection to WSD 13, such as brochure, stickers, T-shirts, etc. WSD13 celebrations were made possible by the support of partners Andheri Hilfe Bonn, Germany, ORBIS International, Alcon Bangladesh, Irish Enterprise, Aristo Pharma and Lima printing press.