Sightsavers from the field

October to December updates:

Highlights from across India.

December 2019

Eye Health


  1. National Programme for Control of Blindness Programme was implemented in the district hospitals of Bihar.
  2. World Sight Day was celebrated in Bihar for spreading awareness on eye health.
  3. The Urban Eye Health Programme in Bihar with Urban ASHA training resulted in generating awareness regarding eye care services and created community referral linkages in the 17 Urban Primary Health Centres of Patna. The success of this transition is visible as it is being counted amongst the best health practices of Bihar.
  4. On World Diabetes Day, Sightsavers inaugurated Diabetic Retinopathy Vision Centre in Gardinar Road Hospital, Patna.



  1. Multitude of events undertaken to celebrate World Sight Day with zeal and enthusiasm. The theme of World Sight Day for 2019 was ‘Vision First’. In Chhattisgarh, Sightsavers organised a mega sensitisation programme which included various activities and games such as blind walk, recognizing Braille words.
  2. MoU was signed between Sightsavers and Government of Chhattisgarh under the Rural Eye Health Programme for Mahasamund.
  3. Sightsavers undertook a Quality Assessment for its partner hospital in Chhattisgarh under the Rural Eye Health Programme.



  1. On 30th October 2019, Vidyajyoti- The School Eye Health Programme of Sightsavers was launched in Jharkhand.


Madhya Pradesh

  1. System Strengthening at District Hospital: Dhar District Hospital provided with Technical support in terms of OT design, guidelines and advocacy to start the OT functionality.
  2. Govt District Hospital OT Nurses/In charge equipped with Skills on quality systems- to strengthen the District health systems and a follow up of Govt Ophthalmologist protocol workshop, Jointly with Dept of State Blindness control capacitated 24 OT Nurses/Incharge of the District Hospital OTs of Madhya Pradesh at SNC, Chitrakoot and provided them with knowledge and skills on OT protocols and quality systems. Apart from theoretical part, hands on practical sessions were demonstrated on Key areas such as Patient preparations (pre & post), Scrubbing process, OT assisting, Sterilisation processes, importance of record keeping in OT, cleaning and Fumigation, OT culture, Infection control etc. This programme will ensure maintaining high standards in delivery of eye surgeries thereby strengthening quality eye care services in the DH/Civil Hospital. A follow up will be undertaken with these OT Nurses after 6 months. Seeing the success of the programme, SPCB has proposed to include this activity in 2020-21 PIP.
  3. World Sight Day was observed by Sightsavers in Madhya Pradesh: Sightsavers organised screening camps where round 3400 persons were screened out of which 310 persons were identified with cataract and referred to the partner hospital. In addition to this, more than 5000 people were made aware on eye health and its preventive Given below are the activities that were organised by Sightsavers in the state: -Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV)  (residential schools at upper primary level for girls belonging predominantly to SC, ST, OBC and Minorities in difficult areas) 765 girls Screened at Jhabua and Alirajpur and 60 spectacles were dispensed. -Around 167 Commercial Sex Workers (CSWs) and their families in Raisen & Rajgarh district were screened. -Frontline workers (ASHAs, ANMs, Anganwadi workers and community Volunteers) supporting REH programme screened in Raisen, Rajgarh, Jhabua and Alirajpur who have been supporting REH Programmme by mobilising communities & referrals were screened and 138 spectacles dispensed. – 940 Senior Citizens from remote villages in Raisen, Rajgarh and Jhabua screened for eye condition. Out of them 360 persons were dispensed with spectacles. 107 patients with cataract were transported to base hospital for surgery. -800 School /college students sensitised & participated in signature campaign in Umaria and Katni district. Around 150 college students shared their expressions in the flex about eye care and the WSD. This was followed by screening of 700 students and 47 were dispensed with spectacles.Sightsavers organised free surgeries performed for 197 patients from Panna and Sidhi districts, Madhya Pradesh.
  4. On World Sight Day, Sightsavers in association with AARAMBH organised Awareness and Screening of School Bus/Van Drivers & their assistants from schools functioning at Hoshangabad Road Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
  5. Sightsavers in association with Fullerton organised eye screening for 157 elderly persons including 110 women from a remotest slum in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
  6. On the occasion of “World Diabetes Day”, screening camps for senior citizens were organised by Sightsavers in Bhopal to create awareness and encourage screening for Diabetic Retinopathy to help prevent vision loss and early intervention.
  7. Sightsavers organised screening camps for persons with intellectual disability, physically disability, hearing and speech impairment. Around 398 children availed eye-screening services of which 57 were dispensed with spectacles. These camps were organised in collaboration with organisations such as Avyansh Welfare Society, Missionaries of Mother Teresa, Digdarshika, SoS children village, Government Deaf and Dumb School.
  8. On International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), Sightsavers organised eye screening camps for victims of Bhopal Gas tragedy.
  9. World Sight Day Observed: Keeping the theme on “eye care & Vision first”, Sightsavers conducted Drawing/Painting and slogan competition for students in Raisen district.


  1. In Rajasthan activities were organized in the schools of Jaipur to make the children and teachers aware on primary eye care. Screening camps were organised by Sightsavers in collaboration with Health Department, Government of Rajasthan. In all, 428 children took part in drawing competitions and prepared the drawings on eye health. Awareness sessions gave a platform to the experts and children to interact on the issue of eye care, its importance and the disadvantages of being careless for eye care.

Uttar Pradesh

  1. Sightsavers global CEO Dr Caroline Harper and Mr R N Mohanty visit Rural Eye Health Programme of Uttar Pradesh. During their visit they attended the SEE NOW camp site with partner IGEHRC and visited the facility of one of the oldest partners of Sightsavers, Sitapur Eye Hospital.
  2. To strengthen quality eye health services, Sightsavers organised Skill upgradation week-long workshop for Ophthalmic Persons in the state.
  3. Sightsavers organised a Sensitisation Programme for District Health Officials to support eye health in Uttar Pradesh.
  4. Sightsavers’ School Eye Health Programme was launched in Uttar Pradesh and it aims to reach to 50,000 children in 400 schools through eye screening programme in primary and secondary level.


West Bengal:

  1. Sightsavers in association with Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan trained the school teachers on primary eye screening with a help of scientifically proven primary screening kit in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal.
  2. Sightsavers in collaboration with Siliguri Greater Lions Eye Hospital organised a huge rally for bringing awareness among people to observe World Diabetes Day in West Bengal.
  3. Sightsavers inaugurated three Urban Primary Health Centres integrated Vision Centres in Kolkata, West Bengal.

Social Inclusion


  1. Establishment of Sanitary Napkin production unit By DPG members in Sakra Block, Muzaffarpur All the cost of the production unit have been given by Sightsavers India.
  2. Mushroom Production unit has been started by 5 Disabled People’s Groups in Gaya. Sightsavers has provided the costs of three Mushroom shade establishment in the following three blocks of Gaya- Bodhgaya, Dobhi and Mohanpur.
  3. Sightsvers supported Kiosk has been opened in Bodhgaya for effective marketing of the product produce by Disable person groups.



  1. On International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2019, Sightsavers organised sensitisation programme on disability for the government officials in Balodabazar and Mahasamund.



  1. Mega Certification and Livelihood Linkages programme was organised by Sightsavers in Ranchi.
  2. Data Collection and interviews for joint position paper on women with Disabilities was conducted by Sightsavers in collaboration with Samarthyam and European Union in Ranchi.
  3. Sightsavers organised Disability Inclusion Score Card on in Hazaribagh, Jharkhand.
  4. Training of Election Officials and Master Trainer on Accessible Election was conducted by Sightsavers at the Election Commission office.


Madhya Pradesh

  1. Ms Jayashree Kumar, Programme Manager Madhya Pradesh represented Sightsavers at the Asia Pacific Beijing +25 CSO forum[1] meeting at Bangkok where more than 230 civil society organisations participated. She was one of the panel members to discuss the key achievements of Rural Women with Disabilities (WWDs) and shared successful initiatives & grassroots model approaches from Sightsavers project under National Social Inclusion Programme supported by European Union and put forth key recommendations.
  2. Celebrating National and International Judo Championships: Judo Champions from Bhopal and Hoshangabad, supported by Sightsavers, participated and won three gold and six bronze medals in the 8th National Blind Judo Championship for the Blind held in Hyderabad.
  3. On International day for persons with disabilities 2019, Sightsavers held Sports and Recreation activities for CWSN at School at Rehabilitation center for Blind in Betul, Madhya Pradesh.
  4. Sensitization workshop on Leaving No One Behind : 21 Disabilities as per RPwD Act 2016: Sightsavers in association with the State Planning Commission, Government  of Madhya Pradesh organised a Sensitization workshop on “21 Disabilities as per RPWD Act 2016” for higher officials of the Government and International agencies.



  1. Disability Score Card Conducted in Ganjam -As part of the EU project, a Disability Inclusive Score Card on education was conducted by Sightsavers in Ganjam district of Odisha.
  2. Gajapati DPO members conferred with National Award on International Day of Persons with disabilities 2019 – In a notable achievement of the DPO movement in the state, Gajapati district DPO founding member, Mr Niranjan Behera was awarded with the National Award for persons with disabilities under the category of the Best Individual.



  1. Sightsavers provided training to the DPO members of Rajasthan on fundraising where they were oriented on various types of fund-raising opportunities for the Disabled People’s Organisations.
  2. The women DPO members supported by Sightsavers have raised funds up to INR 62,000 from a corporate house in Chittaurgarh and have set up a tailoring unit with 10 sewing machines for the SHG in Chittaurgarh.


Uttar Pradesh

  1. 205 PWD SHGs verified by government of U.P. and adoption process initiated under State Rural Livelihood Mission (SRLM). These SHGs will directly benefit through various government promotional schemes envisaged for SRLM projects
  2. Around 78 persons with disabilities supported by Sightsavers participated in the trade fair in Uttar Pradesh. They had set up small stalls to sell their products as part of self-help groups and individual enterprises.
  3. A programme on Mahila Samawesh (Women Inclusion) was organised by Sightsavers in association with Krishi Vigyan Kendra to generate awareness about various government schemes for persons with disabilities. Under this initiative, women were encouraged about their contribution in decision making process in Self Help Groups. New opportunities and substantiality of women business enterprises were also discussed in the programme.


West Bengal:

  1. Sightsavers in association with West Bengal State Rural Livelihood Mission launched a Case Study Booklet & a Video showcasing the transformation of lives of people with disabilities in Rural Bengal. This was inaugurated by Additional Chief Secretary of West Bengal Dr. Rao, IAS.
  2. During November, Refresher Training was organized at Habra Block for Sangha’s on Inclusion of PWD’s into Self Help Groups for economic development of the PWD’s.
  3. Sightsavers observed International Day of persons with Disabilities was observed at Block level (Habra – II and Amta – II) to promoting the participation of women with disability and their leadership.

Inclusive Education


  • Digital Learning and Empowerment Centre (DLEC) in the Block Resource Centre of Jehanabad was inaugurated by Sightsavers on the Occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2019.



  • On 14th November, Sightsavers in collaboration with Samagra Siksha Abhiyan and Manthan India had organised a Vision Assessment Camp for children.
  • In Jharkhand, Sightsavers organised Braille & ITC competition for Children with Visual impairment.


Madhya Pradesh:

  • Sightsavers supported IED cell of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) by providing CWSN parents training module and also providing technical support on VI part of module for sensitization on disability. This module will be utilised by more than 380 mobile resource consultants (MRC) from 51 districts of Madhya Pradesh.
  • “Reading Solutions for Children with Print Disability” training organised by Sightsavers in association with Daisy Forum of India for 89 Mobile Resource Consultants from 51 districts of Madhya Pradesh.



  • Launching of “UDDYAM” Inclusive classroom transaction module &Training of Master Trainers: Sightsavers has launched a special teaching module “UDYAM” – An innovative teaching guide which will helps in connecting teachers with the students with disabilities along with their regular peers and thereby transforming the entire classroom into an inclusive teaching room. This module was developed by Sightsavers in collaboration with Odisha School Education Programme Authority (OSEPA) and Directorate of Teacher Education and State Council of Education, Research and Training (TE & SCERT).
  • 12 Low Vision Assessment camps were conducted by Sightsavers in Mayurbhanj, Rayagada, Cuttack and Khordha of Odisha.



  • Making Classroom Teaching More Inclusive: Training of the General Teachers on Inclusive Pedagogies and ICT was organised by Sightsavers in association with HCL.


West Bengal

  • An exposure visit to DLEC (District Level Education Centre) was organised by Sightsavers in collaboration with Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) in West Bengal.

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