1960- A leading ophthamlogist received a pair of cornea from USA, for transplantation. He involved Mr Iftikhar Husain chairman sight conservation committee of Lions Club. Which initiated thought process of establishing an eye bank in Pakistan.
1961-Karachi Lions club staged a variety program at Katrak Hall to generate funds for eye bank.
1963-A group of doctors, social workers and philanthropists joined hands with Lions Club to setup eye banks at (CHK) Civil Hospital Karachi and (SEH) Spencer Eye Hospital in Karachi.
Dr M.A. Shah, Dr T.H.Kirmani and Dr M.H.Rizvi provided technical support.
Mr Iftikhar Husain and Mr Qazi Sajid Ali planned a 3 step strategy for eye donation campaign.
History of eye banking in Pakistan
Paper work, forms brochures letters were prepared
Organization developed involving willing workers from all the segments of society.
Religious, political and civil society leaders were contacted for opinions and fatwas, with positive responses.
Eye donation 2nd step
Field work initiated for mass awareness
Posters banners and brochures circulated
Seminars and awareness lectures were arranged.
Print media campaign launched
Writers and media played their part
Will cards were filled by the masses especially prominent personalities of the society.
Eye donation 3rd step
1970-Pakistan Eye Bank Society established.
Plot for the building procured in 1989 at North Karachi.
Building structure designed and constructed through donations.
1970-75 active eye donation campaign involving all resources, means and segment of society.