Eyeing Merit

Sri Lankans may not have a credit line to offer neighbour Pakistan but are only too happy to donate their eyes to needy Pakistanis. Sri Lankans may not have a credit line to offer neighbour Pakistan but are only too happy to donate their eyes to needy Pakistanis. Sri Lanka and Pakistan are on the verge of deepening bilateral ties just now but according to the Sri Lanka Eye Donation Society the two countries have had their sights on each other for very much longer.

“We have been donating eyes to Pakistan since 1971,” says Irangani Silva, President of the Eye Donation Society – a non-governmental organisation involved in donating eyes, bones and amnion – a type of tissue- since 1961.

“Pakistan is the largest recipient of eyes from Sri Lanka. As far as we know, we are the only suppliers of eyes to Pakistan right now,” said Silva speaking to Lanka Business Online.

This year, up until now, Pakistan imported 500 corneas from Sri Lanka compared to the 344 for the whole of last year.

“This year there is an increase in demand from Pakistan because we visited Pakistan last year and explained how we worked,” says Silv