One of the most heavily populated and underdeveloped nations in the world, Bangladesh faces significant societal challenges, including a significant number of blind people. Operation Eyesight joined Grameen Kalyan, the social arm of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Grameen Bank, in a project that utilized the infrastructure of existing community health centres. At the time, Grameen Kalyan operated 30 health centres, which covered a population of almost two million.
Operation Eyesight’s support for Grameen Kalyan was aimed at extending existing cataract services into a comprehensive eye care project, which included the construction and equipment of a secondary eye care centre. The aim was to model a quality, comprehensive and sustainable approach to eye care in Bangladesh.