National Programme for Control of Blindness & Visual Impairment (NPCBVI) was launched in the year 1976 as a 100% Centrally Sponsored scheme with the goal to reduce the prevalence of blindness from 1.4% to 0.3%. As per Survey in 2001-02, prevalence of blindness is estimated to be 1.1%. Rapid Survey on Avoidable Blindness conducted under NPCBVI during 2006-07 showed reduction in the prevalence of blindness from 1.1% (2001-02) to 1% (2006-07). Various activities/initiatives undertaken during the Five Year Plans under NPCBVI are targeted towards achieving the goal of reducing the prevalence of blindness to 0.3% by the year 2020.
At the District Level, the District Blindness Control Society has been formed under the chairmanship of District Collector, to plan, implement & monitor the Blindness Control activities, through optimal utilization of the available resources in the district.
The District Blindness Control Society conducts eye camps with the help of Voluntary Organisations and District Mobile Ophthalmic Units. And provides financial assistance to Voluntary Organisations for performing Cataract Operations, undertakes propaganda activities under health education programme in the District. Monitors the implementation of the Blindness Control Programme in District level as per the directions of Government of India / State Government / State Blindness Control Society.
Sankara has signed MoUs with the following Districts for conduct of camps and carrying out Cataract surgeries on patients from the Districts: