Standard Chartered Bank Nepal has donated Rs 5.5 million to Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TIO).
The bank’s CEO Joseph Silvanus handed over a cheque of Rs 5.5 million to project manager of TIO Nabin Rai amidst a function held in Kathmandu on March 31, 2015.
The funding is part of a financial grant of USD 1 million agreed earlier by the bank for funding a major expansion project by (TIO).
The project aims to reduce avoidable blindness by developing a surgical facility in rural and semi-urban areas.
The objective of this project is to construct two permanent eye centres in two districts, upgrade Bhaktapur District Community Eye Centre (DCEC) into Secondary Level Eye Centre (SLEC) and upgrade Nuwakot DCEC into a periodic surgical facility.
The project also aims to create an awareness of eye care among school teachers through training program; train 750 primary school teachers on basic eye care; screen school children and supply 3,810 spectacles and provide cataract surgery service to people in need through cross-subsidy model.