Multi-District Conference on Avoidable Blindness

District Chair-Avoidable Blindness, 2009-2010.



We the Rotarians of R.I. District3170 have conceptualized to host a Multi District Conference on Avoidable Blindness, under the able leadership of our beloved District Governor Rtn. Gurudatta Bhakta and apt guidance & motivation from PDG Dr. Rekha Shetty , Bangalore, Global Director, Blindness Prevention, Rotary Action Group. 

District Leaders & Rotarians of near by districts are also being invited, to be the co–participants and Co-hosts of this most historic gala event of the Second century. 

We the Rotarians of the our district  & our beloved District Governor Rtn. Gurudatta Bhakta cordially invite your to join and participate in the Multi District Conference on Avoidable Blindness , scheduled to be held on Sunday, 4th October, 2009 at the at most Scenic , Enchanting & Enjoyable Ultimate destination of our District – GOA.  

Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Panjim , Goa , under the able leadership of President Rtn. Sanat Pilgaonkar &. Event Chairman Rtn. Gaurish Dhond are making the most comfortable & encouraging staying logistic arrangements. Details of the Venue, attractive weekend family package and the most reasonable Registration fees are being worked out to suit you in all respects. 

  In this context, we would like to sight your immediate attention to the most mind upsetting, alerting facts and figures about the Avoidable & Preventable disease – The Blindness. Just to brief you, the current facts and figures are mentioned below. 

The staggering facts about Avoidable Blindness  

Despite the efforts of governments and eye care professionals, more people in the world are becoming blind each day. Every 5 seconds one person in our world goes blind ... and a child goes blind every minute.   

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 180 million people worldwide are visually disabled and 40-45 million of them are blind. About 90 percent of the world's blind live in developing countries. 80% of the world's blindness is avoidable, preventable or treatable with available interventions. Cataract is responsible for nearly 50% of the world's blindness.

The World Health organization estimates that by the year 2020, the number of blind people in the world will double unless something is done to stop this terrible tragedy. 

This is high time to initiate Global War against Blindness. Rotary International. , together with the World Health Organization, the One World Sight Project and several other non-governmental eye care organizations has actively embarked on a number of initiatives to eliminate the causes of avoidable blindness, and to provide surgeries for people already blind from cataract, so they might see again.  

The present statistics, facts and figures are most alarming; we can not keep quiet without initiating the most needed actions. 

To make this clearer the most learned speakers in the field of Blindness Prevention  will be deliberating on the various important aspects of this Avoidable & Preventable disease in the most talked MULTI DISTRICT CONFERENCE ON AVOIDABLE BLINDNESS  

So, mark the date and be sure to be there at Goa on Sunday, 4th October, 2009 to participate in ever happened most exciting, informative & productive Gala event.  

Yourself can be the one of the speaker during the Panel Discussion or may suggest the name of most knowledgeable Rotarians or Non Rotarians from the filed of Blindness Prevention from your district, who can contribute for the success of conference as a Panel Member. 

Now, In return we expect a line of confirmation, how you will be supporting in making this event a grand success. Please do mail us about your participation in return at the earliest. 

Rtn. Shrinivas Malu                                           

District Chair-Avoidable Blindness, 2009-2010.

On behalf of Multi District Conference on Avoidable Blindness Organizing Committee,

Host: Rotary Club of Panjim, Goa , R.I. District 3170.