The Children: Bringing sight to Pakistan future

Blindness is devastating. At any age. But a child without sight, whether by birth or by accident, is especially tragic with their entire future at risk. Children who are partially or totally blind are unable to participate in the world around them as sighted children are, which effects their social growth, their learning and virtually everything related to growing up.
Good eyesight is critical for the children in Pakistan to grow up with all the advantages they need to be healthy, happy, productive citizens. 80% of what a child learns depends on the efficiency of the visual system with vision problems in school-age children very frequently leading to learning problems. According to experts, almost 50% of children with learning difficulties have vision disorders. In most cases these problems can be successfully treated leading to improved learning and better grades.
In Pakistan most of us have our eyes examined and treated before we become blind from cataracts or glaucoma. But in Pakistan, the people are not as fortunate. More than 50% of Pakistanis have never seen a doctor, let alone an ophthalmologist-and sadly, accept blindness as their fate. They believe blindness is part of getting old and don't think they can do about their plight.
And the children - this year we will emphasize prevention as we screen more than 8,000 in schools and orphanages.
But the truth is, we couldn't' begin to do what we are doing without friends like you! Day in and day out the contributions of our donors make a huge difference in the lives of Pakistan.

Please, rush your gift today. Imagine what it is like to be blind-every day without sight is an eternity. By sending a contribution, you will help us reverse despair and anguish that blindness - unnecessary blindness - brings.

It all started in 2007, when the Present CEO of DTP, visited the Government primary School at Boi (Abbottabad). A child, playing in the ground, caught CEO  attention. The child was lovely and beautiful and had acute strabismus. This year, 2007, in March, at the request of CEO the NCHD-DTP tried to find and support the child to receive treatment. During this search other children with strabismus were encountered, some of who had an opportunity to benefit from the NCHD-DTP services.
In the village of Boi, like any other rural area in Pakistan, there is a close network among people: everybody knows everyone. GPS was the best place to look for the child. As soon as the teachers learnt about the story, they started browsing their memories, consulting each other but did not recall any such case in their village. Finally they suggested the child must have been a tourist and not a resident of their village as Boi is visited by thousands of sightseers from all over Pakistan and the world during and after earthquake.
This could have been the end of the story unless persistent search was continued in the adjacent district called Mansehra. At the PIMS  the General practitioners cordially agreed to help. Though the Child doctor was on holiday, he promptly joined the process and came up with a list of children with strabismus.

Dya Trust promptly made arrangements with Dr. Rizwan, Pediatric Ophthalmologist and District  Ophthalomologist, to have the eyes of children from Boi  examined to see if surgical intervention was necessary. The transportation costs were also covered by the NCHD-DTP, since many of the families could not afford coming to Abbottabad from the far away region of Boi.

Nasir Irshad, 7, is one of the kids who the Dya Trust sponsored through  Saba Deseret Eye Hospital  to undergo detailed screening at Hospital. After the examination it was decided that Nasir did not need surgery, and his vision could be corrected through treatment and eyeglasses.
"I understand that regular check-ups are very important to correct and preserve my child's vision." Says Nasir Mother. "We had visited Saba Deseret Eye Hospital Baffa  five times before, but unfortunately stopped treatment as we could not afford the follow-up. Now the doctor says Nasir has to undergo 10-day treatment, and I am hopeful that an Saba Deseret  sponsor will support us with this also", she adds.

Furqan Ali, 8, also has strabismus. The eye examination revealed that, on top of all, his one eye has lost most of its capacity to see.
My child is the dearest person to me in the whole world, and his health is what concerns me the most. I am deeply indebted and thankful for this opportunity to have his eyes examined, which I could not afford", says Furqan’s mother. She is worried to hear about Furqan’s severe eye problem and trusts the Saba Deseret will support further to bring sight to her son's eyes.

Fouzia  is only four years old. She does not interact with anyone and stands still clutching at her grandmother's hand.
The Child ophthalmologist Dr. Saleem makes all the effort to have Fouzia’s attention to examine her eyes. Fouzia  has neurological problems and is referred to the neurologist to see if she can undergo surgery on her eyes. After the neurologist's consultation, she has her eyes examined second time by Dr. Saleem: her vision can be improved through surgery.

Born with congenital cataracts in both eyes, Ayesha has been virtually blind since birth. The Saba Deseret  medical team got  implanted intraocular lens from tertiary hospital , which enabled him to see and to be more like the other kids at school.

Though 5 year old Shabana does not go to school yet, she can recite a lot of poems and shows great interest in his elder brother's studies. In the examination room she enjoys telling the images on the chart, but is a bit disappointed when the doctor uses eye drops to enlarge his pupils to examine the eye fundus. She promises never to come to saba again, but a few minutes later he is fine and gets involved in a game with other kids in the lobby. The doctor decides Shabana vision problem can be helped by wearing eyeglasses. Saba Deseret  takes care he gets a pair on the same day and without charge.
"I am so thankful to Saba Deseret ," Shabana mother. "Shabana has got the eyeglasses to correct her vision and in three months we will revisit the doctor to discuss the improvement".

These kids now stand a better chance to improve their vision. The Saba Deseret Eye Hospital will take care that they receive free of charge treatment they need. While there are many more, who wait to be helped to see all the wonderful colors and shapes around them.



The DTP-Saba Deseret goal is to screen Pakistan country-wide for eye disease and to provide treatment and surgery for those in need. Adopt-a-Village is a program for donors who would like to contribute to a specific region or village. Adoption costs range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars depending on the population.
To discuss a special adoption program for you and your family and for a complete list of villages, towns and regions available for adoption, please contact us on our  number  +92-300-520-394-0

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