The Diva Eye Institute firmly believes in giving back. Social work and compassion to all sections of society is a deeply ingrained value. we have too trust (1) Friendship Foundation and (2) Manav Dhrushti Trust have been set up in order to ensure the best possible eye care to the weaker sections of society.
From the beginning of his practice, Dr. Dipan Desai has devoted at least one day a week for free work. He and his team have looked after all the eye needs of the students of the Andhkanya Shala - the Blind School for Girls, Vastrapur since the past twenty years. All the girls are regularly checked up free of charge. Surgeries, including corneal transplants are done under the aegis of the Manav Dhrushti Trust.
Through the Manav Dhrushti Trust, free OPDs are conducted for the general public every Wednesday. Operations are performed free of cost and at concessional rates, thus ensuring that even the less fortunate patients can avail of the best technology and skills in eye care that Diva offers. A free OPD for Glaucoma and Diabetic retinopathy has recently been started.
In 2007, Dr. Dipan Desai and his team visited the Ganderbal district in Kashmir at the request of the Indian Army. A full-fledged eye hospital was set up, and the operation theatre equipped with microscopes and phako machines loaned by the Diva Eye Institute and flown out by the army. 5000 patients from the interior of the country, who had no access to eye care, were examined. 350 phako-emulsification surgeries with IOL implantation were performed completely free of charge under the aegis of the Manav Dhrushti Trust.
Dr. Ramesh and Rohini Desai through Friendship Foundation trust established the Rural Eye Centre in Kama, Bharatpur district, Rajasthan. In this effort they were helped by the Panchim Pith Arogya Kendra. From 1987 to 2008 they ran a full fledged Eye Clinic there with the aim of making Kama Tehsil a cataract free zone. For twenty one years they visited Kama six times a year to examine patients and conducted two major surgical sessions every year in the well equipped operation theatre set up for this purpose. High tech cataract surgeries were performed at the doorstep of the unserved rural population, free of charge.
Since 2009, we are working with the Vanishing Herd Foundation, London and Friendship Foundation, for the Maldharis living deep in the Gir forest who have no means of transport or access to medical care. Screening of the population is carried out at their doorstep in the "Ness" - the enclave of huts in the jungle. The patients are then brought to Diva Eye Institute, Ahmedabad, where all surgeries are performed free of charge. They are paid a follow-up visit by doctors from the hospital to ensure that they are well and following post operative instructions.
We welcome people to get involved with our social activities, to volunteer, spread the word, organize camps and motivate the maximum number of people for the noble cause of Eye Donation.