History of Eye Banking

History of eye banking in Pakistan

  • 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.
  • Will cards were filled by thousands of people.