Sightsavers from the field
January to March Updates

January to March updates:

Highlights from across India.

March 2020

Eye Health


  • As State’s Technical Eye Care Partner in Bihar, Sightsavers undertook Gap Assessment visit in the District Hospitals of Lakhisarai, Jamui, Araria, Saharsa, Nawada, Nalanda and Vaishali and a gap assessment report was shared to the SPO Cell along with the concerned Civil surgeons. Further advocacy was lined in reinforcing the NPCB programme output delivery by strengthening the eye Operation Theatres in the hospitals.


  • Sightsavers entered into a partnership with Alcon – Global Leader Company in eye care to support a mobile vision centre for Rural Eye Health Programme in Balodabazar and Balod.

Madhya Pradesh

  • Sightsavers under Amrita Drishti- Urban Eye Health programme in Bhopal integrated another vision centre (fourth of its kind) in Urban Primary Health Centre (U-PHC) under National Urban Health Mission.
  • Under Netra Vasant- Rural Eye Health Programme, Frontline workers (ASHAs and Anganwadi workers) were felicitated by Sightsavers for their relentless efforts in creating awareness for eye care, educating the rural community, identifying and referring patients with different eye conditions to the vision centres and the outreach camps. On the occasion, around 500 front line workers along with 800 other women from the rural communities were screened and 150 were dispensed spectacles.
  • On International Women’s Day, about 500 young girls and women from the urban slums were screened under Sightsavers’ Urban Eye Health Programme in Bhopal and Indore. The young girls were also made aware of women rights to access education and health services as well as gender stereotypes that exist in the community. In Raisen, Sightsavers organised generational equality programme for 250 girls and their mothers jointly with the Education Department of Madhya Pradesh.


  • Sightsavers has collaborated with new partners for its Rural Eye Health Programme- Netra Vasant in Dungarpur and Pratapgarh.

Uttar Pradesh

  • On International Women’s Day, Awareness Generation Program was organised by Sightsavers in Sultanpur, Varanasi and Kanpur. In the program, more than 200 women with disability participated in the programme for which which more than 200 female PWDs participated in discussion on various issues related to social activity, livelihood which they face in their life. Through this platform they discussed on women empowerment and the importance of their contributions in the society.
  • World Glaucoma week was observed in Uttar Pradesh under which several workshops and eye screening camps were organised by Sightsavers in association with its partner hospitals. The main objective was to promote awareness among community through front line workers of CHCs and another stakeholder and motivate people to have regular eye check-up, including optic nerve examination in order to eliminate glaucoma related blindness.
  • In Amethi, Sightsavers partner representatives attended the ASHA monthly meeting to increase referrals cases. The aim was to discuss OPD in public centres, handling eye equipment, documentation and referrals of cases to higher facility.

Social Inclusion


  • Sightsavers’ partner Samerth is coordinating with Health and Social Welfare department, Smart City Raipur and We the People to provide logistic support to the shelter homes in Raipur, where around 200 migrant workers (including PWDs) have taken shelter. Social welfare has allotted wheelchairs at the shelter home. Learning centre for children residing in shelter home with their parents with support from UNICEF.


  • Sightsavers conducted a workshop on financial inclusion for DPO leaders in Jharkhand.

Madhya Pradesh

  • Sightsavers is representing the Madhya Pradesh COVID-19 disability team led by Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Social Justice and Disability Welfare, Government of Madhya Pradesh and State Disability Commissioner. Continuous advocacy is being done with the Government for providing required support to the PWDs in Sightsavers intervention districts and have been sharing with them the challenges and concerns faced by the PWDs during the lock-down period.


  • Amidst the rising COVID-19 cases in Rajasthan, the DPO members have been advocating with their respective district administration to take special care for persons with disabilities, and Sightsavers communicated needs of PWDs during the epidemic, as a result of which several steps have been taken by the government.

Uttar Pradesh

  • Sightsavers SI partner YVDKSS in Sultanpur is a member of the District Disaster management committee and is currently engaged in distributing food to those affected by the lockdown in COVID-19 outbreak. The partner has also developed and distributed IEC material to create awareness among persons with disabilities on COVID-19.

Inclusive Education


  • Sightsavers in association with Jharkhand Education Project Council conducted a training session on RPWD Act 2016 for Resource teachers from all districts of Jharkhand.

Madhya Pradesh

  • Around 250 children with disability supported by Sightsavers participated in annual sports day in Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Sightsavers provided ICT support with regards to installation of VI (Visual Impairment) friendly android applications to run Sugamya Pustakalaya in Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh.


  • The module “UDYAM” designed by Sightsavers was supported by State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) and School & Mass Education Department in Odisha. The module is to assist teachers for ensuring that children with disabilities receive quality education in an inclusive environment.


  • Block Resource Centres were operationalised (BRC) with all the devices and equipment operationalised in Udaipur, Rajasthan. The district team is closely working with the Samagra Siksha Abhiyan (SMSA) Udaipur to ensure that children with visual impairment have access to the BRC for enhanced learning.
  • Sightsavers in association with Samagra Shikha Abhiyan conducted a refresher training for children with visual impairment on ICT based learning in Rajasthan.
  • Sightsavers conducted a telephonic awareness session on COVID-19 for children with disabilities in the state.

West Bengal

  • Sightsavers conducted Low Vision Assessment for children with visual impairment the 13 blocks of Howrah district in West Bengal.

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