Sightsavers from the field
July to September

July to September updates:

Highlights from across India.

April 2021

Eye Health

Bihar

  • Inauguration of Mobile Vision centre (VC) for services like DR, Glaucoma, spectacles In order to extend the eye health services to people dwelling in Patna, Mobile VC was inaugurated by Sightsavers on 1st September 2021. The intervention seeks to increase the demand for eye health services among the urban poor population through improved eye health-seeking behaviour.
  • We levelled up for a new experience in Advocacy- On 18th September 2021, with Sightsavers’ support, eye OT was renovated and made serviceable at Guru Govind Singh eye hospital to cater to the needs of identified cataract, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma patients at the Urban Primary Health Centres. This is the result of unabated advocacy by Sightsavers with the government officials, that has won the confidence of ED and SPM NUHM Bihar

Jharkhand

  • To strengthen the eye health delivery system, two new vision centres supported by Sightsavers were set up at Community Health Centres of Barkatha and Kerdari in Jharkhand.
  • Disability inclusive screening camps were organised by Sightsavers for Persons with disabilities along with other community members in Ramgrah district as part of inclusive eye health plan of new strategy.

Madhya Pradesh

  • On 15thAugust 2021, Sightsavers launched “Mission Roshni” in Jhabua with a goal to reduce prevalence of blindness amongst the rural population of the district. The Programme was inaugurated by Shri Indersingh Parmar, Madhya Pradesh School Education Minister. Mr Somesh Mishra, Collector of Jhabua and other higher officials of different departments of Government were present at the launch of the Programme. A poster on “Mission Roshni” was released by the Minister and a screening kit was handed over to the ASHA worker for eye screening and line listing of people.
  • In Katni, Sightsavers organised stakeholder engagement workshop for 30 representatives from various eye care providers and Government officials.
  • Nearly 1,000 frontline workers (ASHAs, ANM, AWW) and PRI members were trained by Sightsavers for the identification and referrals of cataract & other eye conditions.
  • Sightsavers conducted eye screenings of 732 inmates and 65 staff of Observation and shelter homes for children. Around 23 children were identified with cataract for surgery & 164 spectacles were provided to those in need.
  • Around 271 ASHA workers and 135 MAS members were trained by Sightsavers on primary eye examination by optometrist under the Urban Eye Health Programme. The training course is designed to prepare ASHA and MAS workers to identify people with eye problems and refer them to our vision centre for a complete eye examination and treatment. They were provided a training bag that comprised a Bag, measuring tape, E-chart, note pad, and Pen to perform basic eye screening of inhabitants on their visit to slum localities.

Odisha

  • VC set up in High Impact Districts under Sightsabers Netra Vasant Programme: To strengthen the eye health delivery system, 2 new vision centres were set up by Sightsavers at Community Health Centres of Barkatha and Kerdari of Hazaribagh. A vision centre was also established in Ganjam district of Odisha with telemedicine facilities.
  • Sightsavers with the support of SBI Capital Markets, as a part of its CSR programme under healthcare, set up 1 Mobile Vision Centre to strengthen the primary eye care services in The programme is being implemented by Susrut Eye Foundation & Research Centre in Kolkata.
  • To extend the eye health services to people dwelling in Patna (Bihar), mobile Vison screening Van was inaugurated by Sightsavers  on 1st September 2021. The intervention seeks to increase the demand for eye health services among the urban poor population through improved eye health-seeking behaviour.

Rajasthan

  • A Vision Centre was inaugurated by Sightsavers in Ganganagar, Rajasthan. The centre is supported by Rayban under ‘Netra Vasant’ Programme.
  • Sightsavers conducted Volunteer training in Rajasthan during which 60 were trained on cataract identification and primary eye care.
  • Under the Urban Eye Health Programme, grassroot health functionaries (8 ASHAs and 8 MAS members) of Urban Primary Health Centre were trained by Sightsavers on Primary Eye They were trained on the identification of beneficiaries with eye condition and were provided an eye screening kit that would be used by them in the community to conduct basic eye screening of the people.

Uttar Pradesh

  • Sightsavers conducted a training conducted for RAAB in Kasganj for four teams comprising of Ophthalmologists and Optometrists.

West Bengal

  1. The Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) Baseline Survey in HI district of Alipurduar (APPI supported programme)- A joint Study by Sightsavers and West Bengal State Government to estimate the prevalence and causes of blindness and visual impairment among people about and above 50 years. The training of the survey team was conducted by Dr Sandeep Buttan, Technical Lead, Sightsavers with support of State & District Team. This is the first such survey in the North Bengal Region of the state. The findings of the study will help State Government to implement a comprehensive universal eye health service to the people who need them most and the data will serve as a baseline measure of eye health status and service coverage that can be replicated after a few years to evaluate any change or progress.
  2. State Govt Involvement in RAAB SurveyState Govt provided 10 Ophthalmologists (RIO & North Bengal district Hospitals) to assist in RAAB Survey. The ownership of the state is substantially very strong, and they provided other administrative support needed to complete the study
  3. Universal Eye Health program – Chokher Alo: To strengthen primary eye care services across all the districts of West Bengal, West Bengal Health Department has taken an initiative to strengthen all community health workers as a part of “Choker Alo: Universal eye health programme”. Master trainers training was conducted for all the district cadre at state level on 24th September 2021 using a virtual mode (VC through Zoom platform).

Social Inclusion

Bihar

  • Validation of PWD data – Deliberate attempts by Sightsavers at the state and district level resulted in the organisation being provided with SECC data of persons with disabilities. The data is being validated to ensure the persons with disabilities are provided with social security, asserting their access to rights and entitlements.
  • Micro meetings for micro finance of persons with disabilities were organised by Jeevika and Sightsavers. The meeting was to sensitise the bankers about the challenges faced by persons with disabilities in opening their bank account which is very essential for their livelihood.
  • Sightsavers in association with RSETI initiated the training of Persons with disabilities on Candle making and business development plan for their livelihood activity.

Chhattisgarh

  • Sightsavers organised a launch event and an induction workshop on Social Inclusion at Jila Panchyat Hall, Mahasamund. With this, the Social Inclusion Programme in the district was officially launched.
  • Under the EU project, the advocacy done by Raipur district Organisation of Persons with Disabilities led to the formation of a committee by the Transport Department Raipur, which included two inspector level officers of the Transport Department and a government doctor, who would give license to the disabled persons to drive the vehicles of the Adapted category as per the rules.
  • Camps for UDID card/renewal of disability certification were organised by Sightsavers in Chhattisgarh. Sightsavers played an important role in mobilising the Persons with disabilities through Organisations of Persons with Disabilities and Community volunteers for participating in the camps. The gaps identified during the camps were shared with the social welfare departments for further improvement.

Jharkhand

  • Award and Recognition: On the occasion of Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav INDIA (75 years), NIRDPR (National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj) has instituted “DDU-GKY Ka Hunarbaaz Awards” for persons with disabilities and   five girls with disabilities from Jharkhand (supported by Sightsavers) were awarded on 25th September 2021.
  • Sightsavers initiated an Advocacy Meeting with Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society (JSLPS) to ensure Employment and Skill Development of Persons with Disabilities.
  • NRETP Initiative: Sightsavers in collaboration with JSLPS had a one-day orientation and program implementation strategy discussions with NRETP staffs from 50 Blocks of 21 districts of Jharkhand.

Madhya Pradesh

  • Newly formed Organisation of Persons with Disabilities (OPD) supported by Sightsavers in Katni capacitated on vision building, advocacy for disability issues, disability frameworks, organisational structure and safeguarding related protocols. Around 30 members of the OPD were trained by Sightsavers on the laws & rights of the persons with disability.
  • Sensitisation workshop for members of medical board and other health functionaries was organised by Sightsavers in which 39 doctors and members of medical fraternity participated. The workshop was held in Katni.
  • Around 36 AWW workers were oriented by Sigtsavers towards disability inclusion and gender mainstreaming in Katni district.
  • Around 30 SHG members were provided with group processes and state guidelines to take up entrepreneurships & link up with state Rural Livelihood programme.
  • Sightsavers was awarded the letter of appreciation by Government of Madhya Pradesh for the initiatives towards reaching out to more than 5000 Persons with Disabilities with active participation of Organisations of Persons with Disabilties in the state during COVID 19 Crisis.

Odisha

  • True reward of freedom and empowerment: Pujaswini Nayak, OPD Leader, Samarth, Gajapati , who bagged Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal in the National Wheelchair Fencing Championship in Haryana was felicitated by the District Administration on 15th August. She is supported under Sightsavers’ Social Inclusion Programme.
  • Towards Graduation Model: Around 72 persons with disabilities were trained by Sightsavers on Financial Literacy and Financial Inclusion in Kalahandi district on 28th and 29th September 2021. The resource person oriented them on selection products, market linkages, process of SHG formation, gradation, and management.

Rajasthan

  • Around 23 people with disabilities were trained by Sightsavers in Dungarpur, Rajasthan as master trainers to train other persons with disabilities and develop their network for increased reach and visibility.
  • The OPD members along with Sightsavers team conducted a training to build the capacity of the 54 gram-panchayat members on disability inclusion. The objective of the training was to sensitize PRIs on disability issues and motivate them to include disability in their agenda.
  • Five women members were appointed as members of executive membership in APNO OPD of Dungarpur, Rajasthan. This is for the first time that women members have been elected with such strength. They are supported under Sightsavers’ Social Inclusion Programme.

West Bengal

  • Sangha Leaders of 4 National Rural Economic Transformation Project (NRETP) blocks of Howrah were trained on Disability definition by Sightsavers in collaboration with SRLM. They were also trained on Rights & entailments , Orientation on PwD identification as well as the inclusion of identified Persons with disabilities in Self Help Groups.

Inclusive Education

 Chhattisgarh

  • Sightsavers is one of the 28 organisations to get recognition and approval of SCERT in Chhattisgarh to implement the Inclusive Education Programme.

Jharkhand

  • A virtual master trainer training programme was organised by Sightsavers in association with Jharkhand Education Project Council where 230 people including SPO of JEPC, District IE coordinator and School teachers participated.

Madhya Pradesh

  • As a result of the advocacy by Sightsavers, around 548 children with visual impairment (CVIs) from class 1 to 8th were facilitated to get registered by the district education department in the E-library (Sugamya Pustakalaya).
  • Sightsavers provided 382 devices to children with disabilities in Katni. Children with visual impairment receiving the assistive devices were provided training to use by the project team.
  • In Katni , around 46 visually impaired children from the government school were provided with Braille books by the government. These children are supported by Sightsavers.

Odisha

  • Opening the Bottle necks: A total of 431 children with visual impairment were provided with Spectacles ,147 CVIs with low vision devices and 150 Children were identified for eye surgery in Ganjam, Cuttack and Puri Districts. A total of 147 children along with Block Resource Teachers, Parents and Govt officials were trained by Sightsavers on the use of the assistive device to support the children with visual impairment in classroom transaction processes and home-based learning.
  • Scaling up & leveraging for the Low vison Programme: Odisha Education Department decided to improve the effectiveness of clinical assessment of Low Vision students in all districts. Malkanagiri, Jharsuguda, Boudh, Bhadrak have been selected as scale up districts.  The complete investment in this assessment will be borne by the state government. Sightsavers’ technical team advocated for the provision of low vision & ICT device for children with visual impairment  from Government Fund, which is also recommended by SPD, OSEPA for provisioning of devices from District Inclusive Education Budget.
  • UDYAM Inclusive Education Module

Odisha Education programme Authority has finally decided to scale the Classroom Transaction Module developed by Sightsavers to all its 50,000 primary schools in the state towards improvement of quality learning outcome in Inclusive Education programme. Govt has allocated INR 2 crore for this module dissemination and this will be published under the State PIP budget & World Bank supported  Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States Program (STARS) project.  Other competitors were LLF, Akshara, IBM, Lend-A-Hand India, Indus Action, UNICEF and Kaibalya Foundation.  Sightsavers Odisha Team had made a presentation of their work on the module on 22nd Sept. in the meeting called by the Education Dept.  As a next action, Sightsavers is planning to develop the 2nd phase of the module for 6th to 8th standards and the digital version of the same.

Rajasthan

  • Successful advocacy by Sightsavers with the SMSA Udaipur has resulted in SMSA issuing a letter to all the schools to bear the cost of repairing of the mobiles and laptop given to children with visual impairment by Sightsavers from the SMC funds. This is a remarkable success for sustainability ensuring continuity of the education of the CVIs.

West Bengal

  • A Refresher Training was provided by Sightsavers to 65 Children with Visual Impairment on the use of ICT devices.
  • Provision of ICT devices by Sightsavers– 25 childen with visual impairment (CVIs) were provided with mobile, 70 CVIs were provided with Braille kits, 45 CVIs were provided with Low Vision devices and 40 CVIs were given other devices (sound Ball, talking watch).

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