Sightsavers has partnered with Fred Hollows Foundation and Vision 2020 to launch the See Now Campaign in Uttar Pradesh.
Shri Amitabh Bachchan is the face of the SEE NOW Campaign which is expected to reach out to nearly ten million of rural poor with a simple ask: go and get your vision checked. The campaign will deploy creative content across five key districts – Unnao, Lucknow, Raebareli, Lakhimpur Kheri and Sitapur – via radio, television, print, social media, WhatsApp and SMS to provide information on eye health issues, local services and how to access them. As part of the campaign, camps have been organised to provide eye screening and referral services to people in the rural parts of the state.
MoU signed with Jharkhand- National Health Mission
On 14th May 2019, Dr Rajendra Paswan, Director in Chief (Health Services), Government of Jharkhand signed the MoU with Sightsavers for implementation of the Urban Eye Health Programme in the state for the next three years.
School Eye Health Dissemination Programme Conducted in Odisha
On 26th June, a District Level Programme in collaboration with the district Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, Khordha was organised, to discuss achievement and future plan of action for the School Eye Health programme.The event was attended by Ms Surekha Tarai, Deputy Director, Government of Odisha and Ms Amita Pattnaik, DPC, Samagra Shiksha, Khordha.
System strengthening initiatives were taken for the renovation of Eye OT (Operation Theatres) of District Hospitals of Jehanabad and Arwal, Bihar.
The renovation was done as per the Clinical Standards of NPCB (National Programme for Control of Blindness).
Mr John Muruiki, Regional Director ECSA region- Sightsavers, along with the team of Sightsavers India, visited the programme sites in several districts of Madhya Pradesh.
The visit included eye screening camps organised by Sightsavers under its Rural Eye Health Programme in association with Sewa Sadan Eye Hospital in Raisen District; Primary Eye Care Centres supported by Sightsavers in association with AARAMBH under the #UrbanEyeHealth Programme; RAAHI– National Truckers Eye Health Programme implemented by FPAI in Bhopal and Social Inclusion Programme implemented by Dalit Sangh in Hoshangabad district.
National Truckers Eye Health Programme- RAAHI
Sightsavers’ supported Vision Centre was inaugurated today at Gangavaram Port trust, Visakhapatnam. The Vision Centre was an initiative under Sightsavers’ #RAAHI– National Truckers’ Eye Health Programme.
One of the biggest and prominent private port areas of Andhra Pradesh, Visakhapatnam is the hub for nearly 2,000 truckers transporting daily to and fro the site.
Mr Sambasivarao (retd. IPS)- CEO | Gangavaram Port Trust, Visakhapatnam inaugurated the Centre in the presence of Ms Mani Mala- Managing Trustee l Sankar Foundation, Ms Monu Ravindran, Programme Manager at Sightsavers India, Mr Venugopal – AGM, Sankar Foundation, Visakhapatnam and others.
Delegates from Sightsavers India and representatives of Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) supported by Sightsavers under EU supported project visited Brussels, Belgium to attend the European Disability Forum Annual General Assembly meeting and Conference on Smart Travel. This is the second visit of DPO members to Brussels. The visit is a part of the project ‘Building Partnerships for Sustainable Development Goals- Empowering Disabled People’s Organisations’.
Livelihood Trainings provided to Persons with Disabilities in Bodhgaya and Rajgir, Bihar.
On 14th May, Sightsavers signed the MoU with Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society to extend the Social Inclusion Programme in the state.
Observation of World Yoga Day: on 21st June, members of Disabled People’s Organisations and Self Help Groups supported by Sightsavers celebrated World Yoga Day in Ranchi, Jharkhand.
Inclusive Elections 2019
The State Election Commission of Chhattisgarh has recognised the effort of the SSI and Partner for contributing towards making election inclusive for the persons with disabilities in the state.
DPO members (Disabled People’s Organisation) supported by Sightsavers have been doing awareness sessions and advocacy with the District collector and District Election Commission in Madhya Pradesh. As a result, more and more Persons With Disabilities were seen participating in the voting process in Hoshangabad and Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh.
Sightsavers in association with the State Election Commission and Urmul Trust organised a rally as an initiative for Accessible and Inclusive Election in Bikaner, Rajasthan. The DPO members of Bikaner, supported by Sightsavers, took part in the rally on the voting day for the LokSabha Election 2019.