Sightsavers from the field

July to September updates:

Highlights from across India.

April 2019
blind child

Eye Health

  • Sightsavers Global CEO, Dr Caroline Harper and Sightsavers India’s CEO, Mr RN Mohanty visited Uttar Pradesh and met Sightsavers’ partners and other stakeholders in the state.
  • Sightsavers in association with National Programme for Control of Blindness & Visual Impairment and Dr Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital organised a two-day state level workshop on ‘quality and protocols for intraocular surgery and operation theatre protocol’ in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
  • Effective closure and dissemination of the UAPF supported Sightsavers’ “Netra Vasant” Rural Eye Health Programme in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan.
  • Dissemination of achievements and key learnings of Sightsavers’ School Eye Health Programme in Bhopal and Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh. The Programme is supported by ORBIS in the state.
  • International Youth day observed under Sightsavers’ Urban Eye Health programme in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
  • Sightsavers in collaboration with NPCB, RBSK and Jharkhand Education Project Council implemented Sightsavers’ School Eye Health Programme- Vidyajyoti in Ramgarh district of Jharkhand – supported by Essilor Vision Foundation.
  • Around 450 ASHA workers were trained on strengthening eye referrals in the community in Angul, Odisha.
  • Advocacy initiatives set milestone in strengthening liaison with the government in Bihar: Fewer instances of such initiatives are the eye OT renovation work for Siwan district hospital by Sightsavers.  Sightsavers was also able to motivate district hospitals by enabling them to buy equipment for the Government Eye Department through the hospital procurement system.
  • Extension & Renewal of MoU between Sightsavers India and Health and Family Welfare Department, West Bengal.
  • Sightsavers in association with Fullerton India inaugurated its Vision Centre under the Rural Eye Health Programme in Howrah, West Bengal.
  • Sightsavers in collaboration with NPCB, DBCS Hazaribag and Nav Baharat Jagriti Kendra, conducted a Vision Building Workshop in Hazaribag, Jharkhand.
  • Sightsavers in collaboration with National Urban Health Mission, Government of Jharkhand has established 6 Vision Centres in the Urban Primary Health Centres of Ranchi, Jharkhand.
  • Collaboration of Sightsavers and NUHM in Bihar – This quarter was remarkable for the Bihar Urban Programme as it marked the beginning of Sightsavers’ collaboration with NUHM through integration of Vision Centres under Urban Primary Health Centres of Patna, Bihar.

Social Inclusion

  • Ms Veena Sahu, DPO member supported by Sightsavers from Balodabazar, Chhattisgarh, was recognised as the election youth icon and awarded by honourable Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh for her contribution towards Inclusive elections and Swatch Bharat Mission.
  • Sightsavers organised the Sensitization programme on “Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women” (CEDAW) for women with disabilities from Hoshangabad, Betul and Jabalpur districts of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Advocacy efforts for PWDs get impetus with the registration of state level DPO of Rajasthan in the name of “APNO SANSTHAN” under The Rajasthan Societies Registration Act, 1958. Formation of the DPO has helped the programme to expand the activities to 10 more neighbouring districts extending support for DPO formation at local level.
  • DPO refresher training organised by Sightsavers in Bhopal on national and international frameworks such as RPWD Act, 2016, UNCRDP and SDGs. This training was organised with the support of European Union.
  • Exposure visit to replicate lessons from DPO interventions in Rajasthan to other Sightsavers areas: Ms Juliet, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Mr Andrew Griffiths and DPO members of Madhya Pradesh visited Sightsavers India flagship Social Inclusion programmes of Rajasthan to understand the strengths of the DPO component in Rajasthan.
  • Sightsavers has launched a Global Campaign in March 2019, namely #EqualUN, calling on the United Nations to ensure that the work of all its agencies is fully inclusive of people with disabilities. The India launch of the global campaign was conducted here in Bhubaneswar, Odisha on 20th July 2019, calling on the Govternment of India to make all public places accessible for Persons with Disabilities by 2025.
  • Sightsavers developed a Guideline for Formation and Promotion of SHGs and Micro Plan developed in Odisha
  • MoU was renewed and extended between Sightsavers India and West Bengal State Rural Livelihood Mission.
  • Sightsavers in collaboration with Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society and Partners organizations conducted career counselling workshop in the following districts: Ranchi, Hazaribag, Dumka and Jamtara to ensure a better quality of lives for the persons with disabilities.

Inclusive Education


    • Advocacy efforts with Rajasthan Council of School Education results in provisioning budget for several activities suggested by Sightsavers to strengthen the Inclusive Education component of SMSA – Rajasthan. Government of Rajasthan in association with Sightsavers will provide 100 laptops, Mobiles, Daisy Players, Smart Cane, Braille Kit to Children with Visual Impairment.
    • ‘Reading Solutions for Children with Print Disability’ training organised by Sightsavers in collaboration with Daisy Forum of India.
    • Sightsavers in association with Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan inaugurated its Block Resource Centre in Howrah, West Bengal.
    • In Odisha, Sightsavers took a unique initiative to enhance the learning level of children studying in class 1 to class 5 with or without disabilities, in an inclusive classroom environment. That initiative took the shape of the classroom transaction module, namely, “UDYAMA”. The module basically aims to build specific learning outcomes (as standardised by NCERT) among students of respective classes, consisting of several activities to be transacted within the classroom by the regular teachers, keeping in mind the appropriate needs of children with one or multiple disabilities.
    • Sightsavers provided the training and distribution of ICT and Low Vision Devices to Blind and Low Vision Children in the following districts of Odisha – Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Kalahandi and Cuttack.
    • Sightsavers in collaboration with Jharkhand Education Project Council and Oracle conducted “Regional Conference on ICT for education of CVIs” in Ranchi, Jharkhand.
    • Sightsavers with the support of Dr Madan and Madhuri Gupta Charitable Trust launched the Inclusive Education Programme in Jamtara, Jharkhand.
    • Sightsavers in association with Jharkhand Education Project Council and Oracle organised orientation & mobility training at the Resource Centre in Ranchi, Jharkhand.

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