The Poona Blind Men’s Association (PBMA) was in established on 2nd October, 1952 by Late Mr. Tukaram Sahadeo Bamankar (visually impaired), who was the founder president of the organisation. The office consisted of a room, where welfare activities for the blind were carried out on a small scale. The organization was registered under The Bombay Public Trust Act, XXIX of 1950 and The Societies Registration Act, of 1860.
Late Mr. N. M. Merchant joined the organization and helped in the employment of the visually impaired persons in open industries and also assisted in self-employment opportunities. Late Mr. Niranjan Pandya, joined the organization in the year 1966, as an Hon. Secretary. He spearheaded a number of projects of The Poona Blind Men’s Association, to be one of the best charitable organization in India as well as renowned Internationally.
The main objectives of the organization are as follows:
A Technical Training Institute for the blind was set up where training in various fields, such as basic and advanced computer training, call centre training is being imparted.
A Home for Aged Blind Women was set up, where old blind women, spend the sunset years of their lives with dignity, in peaceful and serene surrounding.
PBMA’s H. V. Desai Eye Hospital was set up in the year 2000 so that eye ailments can be treated and our goal of prevention of blindness can be achieved.
PBMA’s H .V. Desai Eye Hospital: It gives us immense pleasure to inform you that since inception (January 2000) till date, H. V. Desai Eye Hospital has examined 50.74 lakh patients in the OPD and performed 5,70,693 lakh eye surgeries.
PBMA’s Kantalaxmi Shah Eye Hospital: Thereafter, observing the benefits accrued to the people with various eye ailments, it was decided to set up an eye hospital, namely Kantalaxmi Shah Eye Hospital in the year 2007, at Nandurbar, a tribal, underdeveloped region of Maharashtra. At our PBMA’s Kantalaxmi Shah Eye Hospital, Nandurbar, we have examined 7.12 lakh patients and performed 54,382 eye surgeries.
PBMA’s Kantai Netralaya: At PBMA’s Kantai Netralaya, we have examined 81,433 patients and performed 20,225 eye surgeries. PBMA’s Kantai Netralaya, Jalgaon was set up to provide eye care service in that region and surrounding areas.
Over all The Poona Blind Men’s Association through its Eye Hospitals has conducted 6,45,300 lakh eye surgeries. Out of these surgeries 65% surgeries have been performed absolutely free of cost along with one months’ medicine free.