Islamia Eye Hospital
Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
- Higher middle-income (60-80%)
- High-income (80-100%)
SummaryIslamia Eye Hospital is an eye health facility offering comprehensive eye care and treatment in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Founded in October 1960 by renowned philanthropist and businessman, M A. Ispahani, Islamia is committed to providing affordable and high-quality services to its patients.
To serve the socially under-privileged with needed eye care; to aid in the fight against avoidable and needless blindness, which affects millions of people throughout Bangladesh.
Key program components
The Hospital and Institute offer services in the following areas:
- Comprehensive Patient Care
- Clinical research
- Education and Training
- Sight Enhancement and Rehabilitation
Community eye health
Evening Clinic: For the benefit of the working class people, who cannot avail of its morning service, an Evening Shift has been established. Specialists also attend in the evening.
The hospital organizes a number of eye camps during the year to provide services at the doorsteps of the people who are unable to come to the main facility. At these camps, treatment is provided for minor eye diseases and cataract cases are screened and referred to the hospital for operation at no cost to the patients. These eye camps are organized through the Sightsavers, UK-supported Dhaka Urban Comprehensive Urban Eye Care Project.
Branch Hospitals: The hospital has launched a project titled “Creating Access to Eye Care Services for Rural People” with support of ORBIS International. Under this project, three eye full-fledged eye hospitals were constructed:
- Jamalpur Branch Hospital opened on 14th May 2008
- Barisal Branch Hospital opened on 1 June 2009
- Third one a Noagoan opened in 2010
Each hospital serves as nucleus for extending service to the rural people and will have two well-equipped vision centres to be run by trained refractionists. At these centres refractive error services will be provided and cataract cases will also be identified at the community vision centres and referred to the base hospital at the district for surgery. These hospitals will also organize eye camps in the neighbouring remote areas of the respective hospital for screening of cataract cases for operation at the nearest base hospitals.
Currently, about 20,000 eye surgeries are performed in the main hospital annually. The Hospital performs approximately 10% of the total cataract surgeries in the country. Anywhere from 1000 to 1200 eye patients, most of them are from low income group, attend in the OPD and all types of ophthalmic surgeries daily.
The Islamia Eye Hospital was established by businessman and philanthropist M. A. Ispahani in 1960. It commenced as a charitable dispensary and soon developed it into a hospital, the first of its kind in the country. Mr. Ispahani believed in serving those around him and he exemplified this by ensuring that Islamia Eye Hospital provided the best possible eye care for everyone in the community, regardless of social distinctions. M. A. Ispahani envisioned the hospital to be a world class institute and his dedication saw Islamia as the premier eye care center for many years. Mr. Ispahani died on 18th March, 1985. Today, the Ispahani family oversees the activities of the Islamia Eye Hospital and strives to maintain its position as an outstanding eye care provider.
Scale: 20,000 eye surgeries annually
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