Nari Shakti Samman

Dr. Bharti Kashyap

MBBS, M.S. (Ophthalmology), Fellow in Cornea

Renowned ophthalmologist Dr Bharti Kashyap on Thursday received the coveted Nari Shakti Puraskar – when President of India Ram Nath Kovind felicitated her with a certificate and cash award at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on Thursday. Dr Kashyap has received the award for doing outstanding social work for the women living in far off areas on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

Award-Winning​

Conferred Doctor of the Year Award by the National Indian Medical Association for exemplary contribution in community services, international scientific presentations, excellent academics and visionary societal leadership in 2017

Award-Winning

Conferred Community Ophthalmology Award,2017 at the second annual conference of Women Ophthalmologists Society (WOS) Jaipur

Award-Winning

Conferred Med Achiever Award by Indian Medical Association for excellent community service,2014

Award-Winning

Conferred Med Achiever Award by Indian Medical Association for excellent community service,2014

The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Nari Shakti Puruskar - 2017 to Dr. Bharti Kashyap

The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Nari Shakti Puruskar 2017 to Dr. Bharti Kashyap

My story

Combating blindness in rural Jharkhand

  1. 28 years ago, I had begun my fight against blindness in rural Jharkhand by screening 10,000 children, enrolled in Government schools at Ramgarh, 40 kms  from Ranchi. By 2017, I have completed eye screening of 17 lakh school children, enrolled in government run schools all over the state. Thousands of children have been given free spectacles and Vitamin tablets, while visually challenged children were brought to NABH accredited Kashyap Memorial Eye Hospital, Ranchi, for free surgery.

The impact : Thousands of children, who had dropped out of school due to various eye ailments, are now back in schools.

  1. Not only children, but my list of beneficiaries include thousands of adults –slum dwellers, old age home residents,newspaper hawkers ,railway station porters,to the primitive tribes, residing in the more difficult terrains of Jharkhand, sportsmen and women and even truck drivers.

The Impact: With their vision now fully restored, thousands of adult tribesmen are now back to work, finding gainful occupations for themselves. 

Breaking Taboo of Organ Donation

Kashyap Memorial Eye Bank,Ranchi, the first active eye bank of Bihar and Jharkhand, founded by me in 1996, has helped break the taboo of organ donation by encouraging  people and families to come forward to pledge their eyes and even donate the eyes of their deceased family members. 

The Impact: Till date, more than 3 lakh pledge cards have been received. The Eye Bank has received 434 eye donations of which 374 cornea transplants have been undertaken, free of any charge.

Empowering rural women

As President, Indian Medical Association, Women Doctors’ Wing, Jharkhand,since 2014,  I have been organising free anemia and cervical cancer detection camps throughout the state of Jharkhand, educating women on the importance of having a nutritious diet, need for personal hygiene , safe sex, use of disposable sanitary napkins,  identification of the commonest symptoms of cervical cancer -the most commonest cancer in women and the leading cause of deaths due to cancer, worldwide.

The Impact: Women, particularly rural women, are now able to take better care of themselves. With increased  self esteem, women are today strong enough to gain greater control over all decisions affecting them.

Enabling the state government to create a pool of trained manpower for better healthcare delivery

  1. As a further step towards women empowerment, under the banner of Women Doctors’ Wing, IMA, Jharkhand, I have been organising training programmes for all women doctors working in government run hospitals, primary health care centres, Sadar Hospitals all over the state,  on cervical screening through VIA Screening methodology and CRYO treatment for early detection and cure of cervical cancer in women, thereby creating a pool of trained manpower for the state government and the health department to ensure timely delivery of healthcare to women
  2. B.Incidence of blindness in the state of Jharkhand is very high – around 1.4 percent of the total population in the state, nearly double that of the national average which stands at around 0.8 percent. To enable the state government to help reduce prevalence of blindness from 0.8 % to 0.3 % under the Vision 2020 programme, hundreds of school teachers of government schools are being provided training in primary detection ofrefractive errors, detection of Vitamin A deficiency,  squints, lazy eyes and cataracts.. 
  3. Since 2004,I have been training B.Sc Optometry students through various Paramedical Courses affiliated to IGNOU, FOREC, B.Sc Internship Training program and State level Councils and presently under the national Skill Development Mission, thereby creating a pool of trained manpower for Jharkhand to reach the goal of  eliminating avoidable blindness by 2020.