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Monday, November 28, 2011

Support Sagar Trust to remove non-cataract blindness particularly oculoplastics.

Sagar Trust contributes meaningfully to the national initiative for combating reversible blindness. Most agencies, hospitals and camps focus on cataract related blindness. However, those that suffer from non-cataract reversible blindness/morbidity do not have recourse to free or quality treatment easily. The investigations are costly, surgeries time-consuming and eye-surgeons with specialized skills are few.

Sagar Trust will pioneer the segment related to non-cataract blindness particularly oculoplastics – which includes all diseases of the eyelids and peri-ocular area.

We have built strong experience in the field of social work over many years. The Trust is headed by an experienced surgeon who has worked at several reputed hospitals and institutions and is an alumnus of Armed Forces Medical College, Pune.

Your contributions are channeled directly to the surgeries. There are negligible administrative overheads as we have high quality infrastructure in place. A meticulous record of surgery patients and other details are available at all times with us and donors are put in touch with beneficiaries if they so wish.

Your contributions are tax exempt under section 80 G [section (1) – (v)] of the Income Tax Act (upto 50%). The cost of sponsoring a cataract surgery is Rs 3000, a glaucoma surgery Rs 2000 and oculoplastic surgery Rs 4000-10000 (depending on the particular surgery).

Removing a cataract results in almost instantaneous vision and can hugely improve a person’s quality of life by helping them to become independent in their tasks. Glaucoma surgery helps to preserve the failing function of the nerve so that useful sight remains. Oculoplastic surgeries address a wide array of problems whose outcome, if left untreated, could range from morbidity to disfigurement or even death.

Do support our endeavour.
Your kindness would go a long way in changing a poor person’s quality of sight and life and restore some of their dignity and peace of mind, by giving them the ability to perform simple functions themselves.

“The Sagar Trust came into being in 2009. As young doctors, most of us were given a free hand when treating poorer patients as compared to wealthier private patients. Most of these poor people were very gracious - they thanked and blessed us profusely for any good outcomes and took the blame on themselves and their destiny when outcomes were less than successful. As we became more skilled we were increasingly allowed to handle the richer patients and our success was judged by the economic standing of the group that we were assigned to deal with. This did not seem fair; the poor who had aided our early learning, deserved our skills the most. I was determined that a considerable part of my experience should be shared with those whom I will always remain indebted to for my skills - those poor patients.

This trust is quite different in that its main thrust is in the specialised area of oculoplasty which deals with the ocular adnexa (the area around the eyes ). This field includes all disesases of the lids, bony socket, soft tissues around eyes, lacrimal system, thyroid eye disease and also cosmetic surgery. Most current charitable infrastructure is geared to cataract surgery. Oculoplastic surgeons are relatively few in number and these surgeries typically take far longer to perform than cataract surgery. For these reasons the underpriviledged do not have easy access to free/subsidised oculoplastic procedures. The trust attempts to provide this.

One of our main concerns is that most of the donations should actually reach the intended beneficiary. We intend to spend as little as possible on overheads by using our existing infrastructure and keep overhead costs to a minimum.

The board currently has eight trustees of high standing and repute who are experts in their respective fields. We expect the collective energy and ideas to produce excellent results. We hope that over the years Sagar trust becomes a well-respected name, synonymous with quality work and a high standard of ethics and transparency.



Activities Of Sagar Trust

Activities of ‘SAGAR TRUST’ in the year 2009 (April 09 to March 2010)
No. of Eye Camps organized by Sagar Trust = 4
(1) Jat Dharam Shala, Sadh Nagar, Palam, Delhi. (2) Shiv Shakti Mandir, Dwarka, Delhi. (3) Indra Park, Kailash Puri, Palam, Delhi. (4) Ponchapur Village, Sec – 23, Dwarka, Delhi.
A Total of 604 patients have been seen in these camps. At these camps screening of patients was carried out with high quality ophthalmic equipment and topical eye medicines and spectacle prescriptions were distributed free of cost.

No of surgeries carried out: 43
A total of 43 surgeries were conducted in the year. Of which 42 were Cataract and 1 was Oculoplasty surgery

Activities of ‘SAGAR TRUST’ in the year 2010 (April 2010 to March 2011)
No. of Eye Camps organized by Sagar Trust = 5
(1)Shiv Shakti Mandir, Dwarka, Delhi. (2) Jat Dharam Shala, SadhNagar, Palam, Delhi. (3) Dada Dev Mandir, Palam Village, Delhi. (4) Shri Sanatan Dharam Mandir, Palam Colony. (5) Dada Dev Mandir, Palam Village, Delhi.
A Total of 619 patients were seen in the camps. At these camps screening of patients was carried out by high quality ophthalmic equipment.Eye drops and spectacle prescriptions were distributed free of cost. A total of 100 spectacles were manufactured and distributed free of cost.

Surgeries carried out : 13
A total of 13 surgeries were conducted in the year. Of these, all 13 were Cataract surgeries and 1 Yag laser was carried out.

Out Station Surgical Camp
A surgical camp was conducted at Bijnore (Uttar Pradesh) from 15-19 th March 2010. In this camp, 100 Cataract Surgeries were conducted free of cost for the patients. The administrative and financial support were provided jointly by Shri Aurobindo Aradhana Trust (Bangalore) under Mrs. Manorama Vira & Dr. Rajeev Vishnoi from WHO. The technical organization of camp and surgical infra instructure was provided by Dr Anjali Mehta and the staff of Vasundhara Eye Clinic.

The surgeries were performed by Dr. Anjali Mehta & Dr.(Col) K. C. Gupta, using high tech equipment & foldable lenses. A follow up camp of optometrists was also organised two weeks later.

Activities of ‘SAGAR TRUST’ in the year 2011 (April 2011 onward till date)
Eye camps organised : 4
Eye Camps organized by Sagar Trust – (1) Shiv Shakti Mandir, Dwarka, Delhi. (2) Jat Dharam Shala, SadhNagar, Palam, Delhi. (3) Dada Dev Mandir, Palam Village, Delhi.
A total of 334 patients were seen in the camps. At these camps screening of patients was carried out with high quality ophthalmic equipment and eye drops and spectacle prescriptions were distributed free of cost. A total of 75 spectacles were manufactured and distributed free of cost.
Sagar Trust had organized an eye camp on 23rd October 2011 in Dada Dev Mandir, Dwarka. In this camp, a total number of 212 patients were seen / consulted by the doctors and a total number of 111 spectacles were distributed to the patients, free of cost.

Surgeries conducted: 12
A total of 10 surgeries were conducted this year. Of these 7 were cataract surgeries and 4 were Oculoplasty and 1 was a squint surgery. One Yag laser was also done.

Supportive Activities of Sagar Trust
Sagar Trust distributes free spectacles to poor children and patients, visiting the clinic throughout the year.
Sagar Trust is associated in a small way with the girls section of Salaam Baalak trust, Dwarka.

SEEK YOUR’S VALUABLE SUPPORT
To make your donation by cheque - Make the cheque in the name of Sagar Trust

Post your Cheque in an envelope at the following address- For Sagar Trust. c/o Dr Anjali Mehta, B-119, Sarvodaya Enclave, New Delhi - 10017

Send us your donation through an Internet Wire Transfer

Wired to HDFC Bank account number 00322320003327 NEFT IFSC: HDFC 0000032 in the name of Sagar Trust. This is a current account at C-5/32, SDA branch of HDFC bank, New Delhi 110016.


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