THE LAYTON RAHMATULLA BENEVOLENT TRUST (LRBT) was established 28 years ago by 2 retiring businessmen Graham Layton & Zaka Rahmatulla. The prevalence of blindness at that time was 1.8 % of the population. Although 85 % of the blindness was curable, most of it due to cataract, the lack of facilities and the inability to afford the treatment/surgery was expanding the pool of blindness.
From humble beginnings: a mobile clinic in Tando Bago in lower Sindh in November 1985 LRBT has grown to 17 eye hospitals & 53 clinics spread over 4 provinces of the country. This network ensures that most Pakistanis are no more than 200 Kms. from an LRBT facility.
In our last full year ending June 2013 over 2.2 million patients visited our OPDs and over 220,000 surgeries were performed. During our 28 years of existence over 26 million patients visited our OPDs and over 2.6 million surgeries were carried out. We are, according to an independent estimate the largest provider of Eye care in the country treating 36 % of all eye patients visiting OPD of hospitals, performing 27 % of all eye surgeries & 32 % of all Paediatric cataract surgeries.
LRBT has touched & improved the lives of more people than any other NGO in Pakistan. However there are still 1.8 million blind people in the country and an additional 180,000 go blind every year. There are also 18 million people with impaired vision of which 8.3 million have cataract. So our goal of a curable blindness free Pakistan is still far away and there is a huge amount to do.
We expect 2.4 million patients to visit our OPD and to perform 240,000 surgeries in this financial year for which we need to raise Rs 572 million to continue our free eye care services to those living below the poverty line.
QUALITY FREE EYE CARE
There is no better service to humanity than turning darkness into brightness and LRBT is doing it in an excellent manner. Huma Bukhari,District Governor –