Grant Contract Signing Ceremony of The Project for the Provision of Medical Equipment to Eye Hospital in Ahmedabad City

On 6th March, Mr. Michio Harada, Consul-General of Japan in Mumbai, and Mrs. Nandini Rawal, Executive Director of Blind People’s Association, along with Mr. Piyushbhai Desai and other trustee members and staffs from the organization and students of Blind School, total of around 300 people, attended Grant Contract signing ceremony for “The Project for the Provision of Medical Equipment to Eye Hospital in Ahmedabad City” at headquarter of Blind People’s Association, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad City, Gujarat State. At the ceremony, Mr. Harada mentioned mutual relationship between Gujarat State and Japan, and emphasized the importance of the Bullet Train Project and the Grant Assistance, and expressed hope that the organization would make good use of the gift given by the people of Japan. 

Mr. Piyushbhai Desai, President of Blind People’s Association, expressed his gratitude to People and Government of Japan for the historic provision. He also mentioned about the visit of First Lady Mrs. Akie Abe (wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe) and other Japanese delegates to the organization, who charmed all the organization staffs by their warm personality. Finally, he expressed expectation that through the construction of bullet trains and other various projects supported by Japanese agency, the friendship between Gujarat State and Japan will strengthen. 
Through aforementioned project, with an aim to improve medical access of patients from low and middle income households in and around Ahmedabad City, two medical equipment costing around USD 74,328 will be procured. This will help in efficient screening and treatment of retina-related diseases. 
Note: First Lady Mrs. Abe visited the Blind People’s Association and blind school in 2017.

The ceremony was broadcasted in TV news: 
Door Darshan:

Exchanging Grant Contract between Mrs. Nandini Rawal, (Executive Director of Blind People’s Association)
and Consul-General Harada

Chief Guest Mr. Devang Dani (Chaiman of Hospital Committee, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation),
Trustee members of BPA and Consul-General Harada

Staff and students from Blind School and BPA greeting Consul-General Harada

Students from Blind School performing song from the movie “Love in Tokyo”

Students from Blind School

People attending the Grant Contract Signing Ceremony

Mrs. Nandini Rawal, Executive Director of BPA and hospital staff

Explanation of eye disease by Dr. Chatterjee

Meeting with patients waiting for cataract surgery

Explanation of equipment by Dr. Mehta

Consul-General Harada with staff from BPA

Consul-General Harada taking Japanese Massage from a student