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Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra

From its humble beginnings in a small dalit hamlet in the village of Bahera in Hazaribag in the state of Jharkhand, the organization now has a presence in 10 districts of Jharkhand and Bihar. NBJK also works in close partnership with a networked of voluntary organizations and small groups in an additional 40 districts in the two states.
The organization aims at facilitating a just and egalitarian society through an integrated development approach, with special emphasis on the most vulnerable and disadvantaged sections of society. The 6 core program areas are as follows: education; eye care and health; micro credit and socio-economic development; solid waste management and sanitation; small group support, advocacy, and governance; and disaster relief.
Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Eye Hospital
In April of 2008, NBJK established the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Eye Hospital in the Santhal Pargana region of Dumka. With support of CBM, the hospital provides a wide range of eye care services at a minimal cost. In the Dumka district, charity operations for cataracts and glaucoma are also performed. NBJK also organizes screening camps in remote areas of Jharkhand and Bihar and a satellite center is currently operating in Hazaribag town.

This program has been hugely successful. Each year, the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Eye Hospitals perform more than 7,000 surgeries, with a success rate of 99%. More than 25,000 OPD services are also performed annually and 150 screening camps are organized.

In the state of Jharkhand, there is a large gap between the availability of eye care services and the need for such services. The government is unable to provide an eye surgery facility in most districts and the private sector is also limited in its provision of these facilities. There is only one eye hospital for every one million people. In response, NBJK has established, and continues to manage, two eye hospitals in under-developed regions of the state where 46% of the population is living below the poverty line and 76% live in rural areas and base their livelihood on rain-fed agriculture.

Hazaribag, Jharkhand, Northern India


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