NAB - National Association for the Blind (India), Mumbai
Since 1952 till date, National Association for the Blind (NAB) has grown and expanded across India. It has done pioneering work and set up institutions for the welfare of the blind that include NAB workshop for the Blind, first ever integrated education for the blind, braille production unit, nursery for the Blind catering to pre-school blind children, a first of its kind of service in India, Training Centre for Teachers of the Visually Handicapped, set up the first ever Cyber Cafe for the Blind, first ever Call Centre totally managed by blind individuals, to name a few.
Tulsi Chanrai Eye Hospital (TCEH), Nasik, Maharashtra
Tulsi Chanrai Eye Hospital started its journey in Nasik with its Rural Community Outreach program in 1994 at the rented premises of Ayurved Seva Sangha. With the increase in activities, they shifted to the new base hospital in 2002.
It has 22,500 square feet built-up area with a 135 bed capacity. The population coverage is of 2.5 million from seven revenue districts. The hospital has the following subspecialty departments – General Ophthalmology, Community Ophthalmology, Paediatric, Glaucoma, Vitreo-Retinal, Cornea, Low Vision, Contact Lens Clinic and an Eye Bank. Tulsi Eye Hospital performs more than 8000 free surgeries per annum to serve the rural poor and tribal population. It has so far done more than 155,000 eye surgeries through its community ophthalmic outreach programme.