Eyesight is one of nature’s wonderful gifts. However, in Nepal, this gift is being threatened due to various factors. Lack of eye care awareness, superstitions, and a lack of eye health centers in the country have been the major causes affecting people’s eyesight. Other contributing factors include poverty, illiteracy and the geographical challenges of reaching many rural areas.
The lack of proper public services in the eye health sector has considerably worsened the situation. People do not get proper and timely treatment, or cannot afford to travel to the capital city and urban centres to pay for the treatment they need. All these factors have contributed to the neglect of preventable blindness and other preventable permanent damage to the eyes. The Nepal Netra Jyoti sangh (NNJS) states that 17% of the Nepalese population suffer from one kind of eye health problem or another. The NNJS further estimates that every year 42,000 people become blind in Nepal, 80% of which are preventable or curable.
To respond adequately to these pressing issues, in 1995, a group of young enthusiastic people in the eye health sector created a non-government, non-profit forum called the Youth Eye Service (YES) with the motto- Moving towards the Brightness.
Since then, YES has been very active in mobilizing and training volunteers and in providing eye health services to disadvantaged communities in dire need of proper eye care. YES is proud to be successful in gradually expanding its coverage areas and services with the moral and financial support of its volunteers and contributors. YES is also contributing to the objectives of the Vision 2020 program which aims at eliminating avoidable blindness by the year 2020.
To reduce avoidable blindness among poor and disavantaged people through prevention and quality eye care services in Nepal
- To provide free quality and user-friendly eye services targeting the poor,illiterate and deprives, mainly the elderly and children.
- To provide mobile eye clinic service to disadvantaged communities.
- To raise eye health care awareness in schools and poor communities.