Movie Screening and interaction with the audience:
Movies made by participants from all over the country portraying the same urgent need of ‘Eye Donation’ were screened. These movies were the participant entries to the annual contest ‘Drishti’.
There was a discussion on the process of eye donation as well the challenges in this field. There is an urgent need to promote eye donation in our country. Often, people take a pledge to donate their eyes and complete various formalities like registration etc. But it is of no use if the family of that person does not act judiciously after that person has passed away. The only tool of use in such a situation is ‘awareness’ that would shatter the many myths that hamper the progress of this cause. The government is not doing enough to promote eye donation or introspecting on the various related issues like rehabilitation of a person who gets a transplant. There have been instances where people wait for more than 10 years to get a transplant. In a country with the second largest population in the world, such an ironical situation could only be attributed to ‘lack of awareness and sensitization’.