Sightsavers from the field
July to September

July to September updates:

Highlights from across India.

October 2020

Eye Health

Bihar

  • Under the Rural Eye Health Programme, eye care services have been resumed with full might in several districts. After following all protocols and safety measures, sight restoration surgeries have resumed in the partner hospitals.

Chhattisgarh

  • Sightsavers’ Hospital partner, Christian Fellowship organised Door to door screening in Kanker and Kawardha. The intervention was successful in gradual increase of screening numbers. In the month of July and August 1,255 persons were screened in these districts.

Jharkhand

  • Under the Rural Eye Health Programme, PPE were distributed to the health workers to prevent them from Covid-19 infections.

Madhya Pradesh

  • Following all protocols and safety measures, Sightsavers resumed the eye care services in the Partner hospitals in Madhya Pradesh under the Rural Eye Health Programme.
  • Sightsavers in collaboration with the Health Department of Madhya Pradesh, organised “Kill Corona campaign” and initiated door to door awareness on COVID preventions along with eye care information in more than 500 villages of 8 districts in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Sightsavers facilitated in developing a state level Audit team comprising Ophthalmologists from District Hospitals of Madhya Pradesh on undertaking gap assessments in the district hospitals. DEHAT tool was demonstrated.
  • Sightsavers trained 1,206 teachers on vision screening & referrals covering seven blocks in Raisen district through online under Vidyajyoti School Eye Health Programme.
  • Following all protocols and safety measures, eye care services were resumed at Sightsavers’ Vision centres in Bhopal & Indore under the Urban Eye Health Programme.

Odisha

  • Under the Rural Eye Health Programme, Sightsavers in association with the Government of Odisha organised micro screening camps to cater to the eye care needs of people in Deograh.
  • Sightsavers along with its partner hospitals organised door-to-door eye screening in Kalahandi and Dhenkanal, Odisha.
  • After the government gave green signal to reopen OT work during Covid Unlock 4.0, District Headquarter Hospital (DHH), Keonjhar performed 18 cataract surgeries in September 2020.

Rajasthan

  • Sightsavers organised door to door screening in Banswara, Dungarpur, Pratapgarh, Nagaur and Chittorgarh.
  • Sightsavers’ eye health camps have been integrated in the regular health camps by the Government of Rajasthan.

Uttar Pradesh

  • Sightsavers in association with Sadguru Netra Chikitasalay organised a door to door awareness generation campaign on eye health services in Fatehpur, Hamirpur & Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh.
  • Sightsavers with the support of Standard Chartered Bank launched the Urban Eye Health Programme in Kanpur and Prayagraj of Uttar Pradesh.

Social Inclusion

Bihar

Various online workshops were organised by Sightsavers in collaboration with Jeevika, MNREGA, Saksham, UDID etc where State Disability Commissioner was actively involved. Several training and e-meetings were also conducted to orient DPG/DPO Leaders on Rights and Entitlements for PwDs and different Schemes & Facilities for the PwDs in Bihar. Bihar elections have also been announced and thus advocacy measures are taking forward our road towards Accessible Elections.

Chhattisgarh

  • Sightsavers in association with Samerth Charitable trust have supported the Raipur district administration by providing their regular services in COVID-19 call centres and control room.
  • Self Help Groups supported by Sightsavers obtained a contract from the district administration to run a restaurant named Saksham Gadkalewa (a place for Chhattisgarhi food) in Mahasamund.

Madhya Pradesh

  • Sightsavers’ beneficiary, Janki from Jabalpur district won Madhya Pradesh Government’s prestigious sports “Vikram Awardfor her outstanding performance in Judo.
  • Sightsavers’ beneficiary, Pratima from Jabalpur, MP participated in Sightsavers National Disability working Group meeting.

Odisha

  • This quarter, about forty-five new Self Help Groups supported by Sightsavers have been formed in Gajapati, Ganjam and Rayagada.

Rajasthan

  • Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) supported by Sightsavers were able to get the following suggestions incorporated by The Election Commission of India:
  • Voter IDs of person with dissability will be made accessible to Persons with severe visual impairment and blindness
  • The physical information provided to the visually impaired during the election campaign will be braille enabled
  • Visually impaired will be allowed to cast vote through postal order which was earlier applicable only government employees
  • Amidst the pandemic, women with disabilities supported by Sightsavers have been providing masks to those in need. With support from the government of Rajasthan, they are running three food canteens in the city of Chittaurgarh.

Uttar Pradesh

  • Members of Disabled People’s Organisations supported by Sightsavers organised POSHAN month in Sultanpur. The activities in POSHAN month focussed on Social Behavioural Change and Communication (SBCC).

West Bengal

  • MoU between Sightsavers India and West Bengal State Rural Livelihood Mission was renewed and extended for another year in the month of July till June 2021. Along with the extension of time, another 5 new blocks were included in the MoU where Sightsavers will play a technical support role in strengthening persons with disabilities.

Inclusive Education

Bihar

  • Under Sightsavers’ initiative, SANKALP, an online pedagogy approach which focusses on one to one telephonic calls or group calls for children with visual impairment, is extensively being implemented across 38 districts of Bihar covering around 3600 children.

Jharkhand

  • This quarter, around 69 Regular Resource teachers were trained by Sightsavers on tele education (concept for delivery of classes at doorstep of children. A learning Teaching Model was introduced in 5 districts of Jharkhand where total 250 children with visual impairment from 5 districts attended online classes on course curriculum, special skill, ICT and Braille Devices.
  • On Teachers’ Day, Career Counselling webinar for children with Visual Impairments was organised by Sightsavers. The webinar was held through Google Meet Platform in order to enhance the knowledge of the children.
  • Children with visual impairment (supported by Sightsavers) from Dumka, Deoghar, Hazaribag & Ranchi participated in Beat boxing Programme (Beat boxing show case, vocal warmups, learning the Beat box basics musical games & activities).

Madhya Pradesh

  • Twenty-two visually impaired students supported by Sightsavers from Madhya Pradesh appeared in the MP Board examination for 10th & 12th class passed with 3 students scoring 92.5%, 81 % and 73%.
  • Sightsavers in Madhya Pradesh provided technical support to Rajya Shiksha Kendra by orienting 140 Content Developers on “Developing Accessible & Inclusive Online Learning Content”.
  • Sightsavers facilitated in orienting 650 education workforces from all 52 districts on RPWD Act 2016 in context of education for Children with disability.

Odisha

  • Advocacy with the Govt Stakeholders: Sightsavers initiated advocacy for content development & digitisation of UDYAM Module to cater educational needs of children with disability amidst the pandemic.
  • Covid-19 Awareness at Community: Program staff supported by Sightsavers in Koraput took the lead in sensitising 58 parents on Covid-19 and its precautionary measures. The parents were advised to follow the precautionary steps for their children’s safety from the deadly virus, personal hygiene, regular use of mask and maintaining social distance and others.
  • Educational Awareness at a glance: Sightsavers partners in Koraput initiated a series of educational activities.
  • Seventy two children with Blind and Low vision have been supported with home-based education.
  • Twenty four children with visual impairment were supported through online (over phone) in their education and daily based activities.
  • Awareness and orientation to 72 parents of CVI on inclusive education and on Covid-19.
  • Twenty eight children were supported with educational materials such as Braille papers, Teaching Learning materials.
  • Another 14 children were supported with accessible audio books on their mobile phones, Tabs and DAISY players.

Rajasthan

  • In this quarter, 100 CVIs were reached by Sightsavers through the Tele Education Model in Jhalawar and Udaipur of which 50% of them were girls with visual impairment. Learning outcome assessment of all CVIs is being conducted. This similar assessment will be conducted after 6 months to understand the learning levels of the CVIs of Jhalawar and Udaipur.
  • In Udaipur, four children with visual impairment were connected online by creating their email addresses and orienting them about internet usage, etc using laptop. This was huge, given the fact that most children with visual impairment belong to rural areas with poor connectivity of internet and less willingness of parents to buy internet plans for their children with visual impairment. All these four children have been provided training on ICT on usage of laptop in the first quarter of this year.
  • State level teacher’s training on ICT was organized by Sightsavers in September where up to 1,000 teachers from across the districts of Rajasthan participated and the Deputy Commissioner of Rajasthan Education Initiative, SMSA Rajasthan addressed the teachers.
  • Sightsavers ICT Coordinator, Mr Shahrukh Khan was invited by the Education Department of Rajasthan to provide training to teachers across the state on Inclusive Pedagogy and ICT where more than 100 teachers participated.
  • Four of Sightsavers’ supported children with visual impairment (2 each from Jhalawar and Udaipur respectively) participated in a Beatboxing workshop online, organised by Bridging Education & Art Together (BEAT) from USA.

West Bengal

  • A workshop named Beatboxing workshop organised by Sightsavers for children with visual impairment who are above 12 years of age. Beatboxing encourages student engagement and attention span, learning retention, following directions, knowing when to speak and when to listen, and most notably, having fun while practicing sounds and while making beats.

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