National Programme for Control of Blindness, NPCB: Odisha

Details of National Programme for Control of Blindness, NPCB
Name of the SchemeNational Programme for Control of Blindness, NPCB
Sponsored byCentral Government
Funding Pattern100 percent funded by the Central Government.
Ministry/DepartmentDepartment of Health & Family Welfare Department
DescriptionThe National Programme for Control of Blindness was started in the year 1976 with a goal of reducing the prevalence of blindness in India. During 1994 to 2002 the World Bank assisted seven major States of India including Odisha. A large number of blind people in a country denote poor socio economic development and an inefficient eye care service in the country. In India nearly 12 million people are blind, the major proportion of which remain in rural, remote and underserved areas. This is because about 80 to 90 percent of blindness is either curable or preventable. The objectives of the programmes are to - I. To bring down the prevalence rate of cataract blindness from 1.49 percentage to 0.8 percentage by the year 2007. II. To expand coverage of eye care to the affected population. III. To expand coverage of eye care services to the under served areas. IV. To reduce the backlog of blindness by identifying and providing services to the affected population. V. To develop institutional capacity for eye care services by providing support for equipment, material and training personnel. The strategies of the programme are: I. Decentralized implementation of the scheme through District Blindness Control Societies. II. Involvement of voluntary organization in various eye care activities. III. Participation of community and Panchayati Raj institutions in organizing services in rural areas. IV. Public awareness about prevention and timely treatment of eye ailments. V. Development of eye care services and improvement in quality of eye care by training of personnel, supply of high tech equipment, strengthening follow up and monitoring services.
Other BeneficiariesBlind, Visually Impaired
Benefit TypeOthers,
Other Benefits Eye care, health care
Eligibility criteriaPersons who are blind or visually impaired.
How to AvailBy contacting the local Health Care Centers and NGOs for availing this scheme.
Validity of the Scheme
Introduced On 01 / 01 / 1976
Valid Upto 01 / 11 / 2012
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Source: National Portal Content Management Team  (Odisha, 12-11-2008)