The University in collaboration with NavJan organized a BlindWalk on 17th October 2019 at Tapesia Campus of the University with an attempt to raise awareness among the students and staffs, the importance of eye donation.
The event was flagged off by Fr. (Dr) Stephen Mavely at 8:30 in the morning at the main gate of the University. Around 180 students and staffs participated in this blindwalk and walked upto the Academic Block II Atrium where a short conclusion programme was held.
There are 39 million people across the globe that is blind. India is now home to the world’s largest number of blind people with 15 million persons. (WHO 2010) At present approximately only 35,000 corneas are collected in India every year, whereas 150,000 are required annually to combat corneal blindness. As a result, the patient line-up and wait to get a corneal transplant keeps getting longer with each passing day. Furthermore, the cost of cornea transplant in addition to unavailability for corneas makes it practically impossible for underprivileged people to access these medical remedies.
NavJan is a Social Development Wing of North-East Independent Delegation, for the empowerment of the people of Northeast region through its socio-economic, cultural, developmental initiatives.