I have just received a press release from the Eye Bank Foundation of the Philippines and I have found it worth featuring here in this health blog.
The Eye Bank Foundation of the Philippines (EBFP) is a non-profit, non-stock and non-government humanitarian organization that was established in 1995. For 20 years now it has since made available and accessible a ready supply of the highest quality transplantable corneal tissue stored in its eye bank known as the Sta. Lucia International Eye Bank of Manila (SLIEB).
This eye bank is described as “a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the collection, processing, evaluation, storage and equitable distribution of quality corneal and eye tissue for transplant, research and education” purposes. It has also been actively disseminating information on the prevention and cure of corneal blindness by way of public educational campaigns.
Why donate your cornea?
Corneal blindness is one of the top 5 causes of blindness worldwide. It is also one of the most difficult to treat simply because there is a very scarce supply of quality, transplantable corneal tissue. Thanks to the Eye Bank, those in need of corneal transplants can have the chance to avert blindness.
In celebration of their two decades of existence, the Eye Bank is launching two projects in time for their 20th anniversary on October 2015.
The first project is the launching of the Electronic Pledge Form whereby each of us can now opt to do an online pledge to donate our eyes or corneas after our death. Doing so will enable a part of us to live on in someone else’s eyes. Simply visit eyebankphil.org, read up on how the pledge works, discuss the matter with your family — and barring dissents — e-sign an online pledge form. Refer to above photo for a specimen of a donor card that will be issued to you upon e-signing the pledge. At the moment when your earthly life ends, your corneal or eye tissues may enable someone else to enjoy the gift of sight.
Nationwide Poster Making Contest
The second project is the Eye Bank Foundation’s Nationwide Poster Making Contest where up for grabs is PhP 50,000 for the top prize, PhP 25,000 for the 1st runner-up, PhP 15,000 for the 2nd runner-up, PhP 10,000 for the People’s Choice Award and special prizes for the rest of the top 12 entries chosen.
The theme of the contest is “A journey’s end, a gift of hope, a new beginning…” which alludes to the gift of hope every donor gives — at the moment of his death — to others. The twelve winning posters will be displayed in hospitals, health centers, partner organizations, malls, schools, and other institutions.
Contest guidelines and official entry forms are available for download through eyebankphil.org. The deadline for submission is still a long way off — August 15, 2015 — and so artists out there still have ample time to churn out their creative juices and paint.
Meanwhile, the Eye Bank is calling on all netizens to join and promote its “EyePromise” campaign which encourages everyone to become corneal or eye tissue donors.
Note: Because it is an accredited non-profit and non-government organization that is registered as a member of the Philippine Council for NGO Certification, all donations coursed through the Eye Bank are tax-deductible under the Philippine Law.