Sightsavers from the field
January to March

April to June updates:

Highlights from across India.

April 2021

Eye Health

Bihar

  • Sightsavers with support from the State Programme Officer, NPCB, strengthened networking with 18 District Hospitals of the Bihar State.
  • NUHM Approval for Bihar UPHCS – Total 59 VCs have budgeted and approved for the year, 2021-22 under NUHM programme. Additionally total 1750000 amount has approved for free spectacles distribution activity for VCs

Jharkhand

  • As part of Sightsavers’ Integrated and Preventive Approach, Covid care unit & Screening Camps were established along with Eye health awareness activities in the blocks & Panchayats of Hazaribag & Chatra Districts of Jharkhand. Teacher/village health workers were provided with Oximeter & thermometer.
  • After the collaboration of Sightsavers with Give India and partner Hospital, around 66 villages in Hazaribag were covered under Covid care Rural outreach camps.

Madhya Pradesh

  • REH Consultant Madhya Pradesh, supported by Sightsavers, developed as a master trainer by GoI, provided training to all 51 District Hospitals on a web based online portal for cataract surgery under NPCB & VI programme. All District Hospitals are equipped with Computers and hence forth hospitals are entering surgery data online every month. It will be very useful as it has district wise gender disaggregated cataract surgery data.
  • Sightsavers’ partners are engaged in creating awareness about the advantage of vaccination among the rural communities during door-to-door eye screening & referring them to the nearest Covid vaccination centres.
  • In Jhabua, Sightsavers’ partner organised COVID vaccination camp and vaccinated around 40 commercial sex workers.
  • Under the Urban Eye Health Programme in Bhopal, Sightsavers has initiated Tele Nayan Mitr consultation where in the project team members are conducting tele calls and as per need providing counselling & advice by optometrist. In case of advance check-up, patients are referred to the base hospital- Sewa Sadan Eye Hospital (SSEH). During the month of April, 706 persons have been contacted telephonically, out of which, 158 persons were provided with eye health consultancy. This programme plans to connect patients having serious eye conditions to the Ophthalmologist through video calling.
  • Sightsavers’ partner in Bhopal oriented about 290 Anganwadi workers on the symptoms and provisions of treatment for black fungal infection jointly with Women & Child welfare department, MP. During this orientation a poster on “Mucormycosis” under urban eye health programme, developed by the partner with technical inputs from Sightsavers, was utilised. The poster was displayed in all the Government facilities and Sanjeevani clinics in Bhopal for creating awareness among Post COVID infected patients on symptoms & prevention of black fungal Infection.

Odisha

  • Village level screening a new dimension: Village level screening a new dimension: With schools are remaining closed during the period, Sightsavers team explored screening of children at their doorsteps in the communities with support from the district administration and the community institutions. The Anganwadi centres/ community halls were used as a venue for screening. During the second reporting quarter, the team travelled to 41 villages in the district which covered around 37 schools.
  • NABH accreditation to Junagarh Netra Chikitsalaya (Lepra Society) & Kalinga eye hospital: With support from Sightsavers, Junagarh Netra Chikitsalaya, LEPRA Society & Kalinga eye hospital, Anugul have been qualified and obtained NABH accreditation certificate.
  • Special Eye health camp for Leprosy and people with mental illness: Sightsavers through its Urban Eye Health Partners had arranged special comprehensive eye screening camp to serve one of the neglected communities where Persons Affected with Leprosy (PALs) and people with mental illness could get their eyes tested.

Rajasthan

  • All Sightsavers partners participated in the video conference on Strategies to achieve Cataract Blindness Backlog Free India organized by National Programme for Control of Blindness & Visual Impairment (NPCBVI), chaired by Dr Promila Gupta.
  • Sightsavers partner, Dr Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital started batches of All Girls -certified ophthalmic paramedics. Around 20 girls were identified from local area are being trained as paramedics. They will contribute in assisting surgeries and OPD and patients care.
  • In HI district, Nagaur Rajasthan an online database of cataract patients was prepared and followed up to ensure if they have undergone surgery. The patients who have not yet been operated will be contacted after lockdown.
  • MoU signed with NUHM under the Jaipur Amrita Drishti Project of Rajasthan. Five Vision Centres integrated in UPHCs and are operational. Eye OPD will be integrated in the government camps to cover 21 UPHCs for eye health services.
  • Sightsavers celebrated World Health Day on 7th April 2021 by organising eye screening in government senior secondary school of Shastri Nagar Bhatta Basti, in a local community school in Jawahar Nagar slum and at the Anganwadi Centre of Sanjay Nagar slum in Jhotwara, Jaipur. ASHA workers.

Uttar Pradesh

  • As part of quality Assurance, Sightsavers’ Hospital partners were asked to apply and prepare for NABH accreditation. Three of Sightsavers’ partners, Shri Aurobindo Medical Research Center in Chhattisgarh and Dr Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital and Sadguru Netra Chikitsalay in Uttar Pradesh received NABH accreditation.
  • Sightsavers’ partners started COVID treatment at the base hospital by converting wards dedicated to COVID centre including ICU beds and isolation centre.
  • Sightsavers’ hospital partner, Sitapur Eye Hospital, started mobile eye health check-up camp; wherein special consideration given for identifying cases of black fungus symptoms among those patients recovered from COVID 19.

West Bengal

  • In Alipurduar, new vision centres were established by Sightsavers at Madarihat Rural Hospital and Kumargram PHC.
  • Cataract Blindness Backlog Free programme was initiated by NPCB & VI which was initially facilitated by Sightsavers India.
  • MoU was signed between Sightsavers and KMC in the month of April to uptake eye care services in Urban slums areas of Kolkata.

Trucker’s Eye Health Programme

  • Sightsavers organised Photo Competition 2021 – Safe Eyes for Safer Roads under Raahi programme, as part of celebrating road safety month in all 36 trucker sites pan India to incentivise quality evidence generation at the partner level. 12 out of 36 qualified the competition based on a set criterion. Three winners were declared by a five-member jury from Sightsavers and were awarded. Partners from Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh bagged the photo competition awards.

Social Inclusion

Bihar

  • Members of Disabled People’s Group supported by Sightsavers are involved in Mask Production.
  • Around 42 persons with disabilities supported by Sightsavers got vaccinated for COVID 19 disease.

Chhattisgarh

  • For vaccination equity in Chhattisgarh, a vigilance committee of people with disability has been formed under Sightsavers’ Social Inclusion Programme. This was initiated to monitor the situation at ground level and evidence-based advocacy will be done with the government in case of any discrepancy.

Jharkhand

Madhya Pradesh

  • Sightsavers organised a four-day workshop on rights of persons with disabilities, empowerment of women, advocacy and leadership under EU project. 25 OPDs members from Viklang Ekta Seva Samiti Hoshangabad, Divyang Kalyan Sangh Jabalpur and Navdeep Divyang Samiti Betul participated in the workshop.
  • Sightsavers’ supported OPD members Mr. Santosh Gujar from Viklang Ekta Sewa Samiti Hoshangabad and Mr. Jamuna Patel from Divyang Kalyan Sangh participated as panelists for a Webinar organised by World Vision India. They spoke on the topic “How to overcome the Food crises and Livelihood challenges.

Odisha

  • Training of GP Members to develop an outline for Inclusive Gram Panchayat: 27 GP Members were trained by Sightsavers on UNCRPD, SDGs and Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act on 10th April 2021 in Rayagada district, facilitated by RBMS, OPD in the presence of various govt officials.
  • Vaccine Equity for Persons with Disabilities: As a result of continuous advocacy effort and awareness by various OPDs of Ganam, Gajapati and Rayagada districts, on Covid vaccination, the Department of Social Security & Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Government of Odisha made special provisions for Covid-19 testing, vaccination, and treatment. As a result, about 50 people with disabilities got their first dose of vaccination, during the reporting period.
  • The Commonwealth Disabled People’s Forum (CDP) organised an online Disability Equality Capacity Building Course from 11th April to 8th June 2021 where three OPD members supported by Sightsavers, successfully completed the 14 modules course.  

Rajasthan

  • COVID-19 Vaccination for Persons with Disabilties: District and State DPO meetings organized using Zoom in Rajasthan. The DPO members supported by Sightsavers undertook decision to advocate with the government on prioritizing persons with disabilities in vaccination drive and ensure vaccination process is inclusive and accessible to all PWDs in the state.
  • Sightsavers in association with Rajasthan Gramin Vikas Aajeevika Vikas Parishad (RGAVP), an autonomous society established by the Government of Rajasthan to ensure livelihood of people, organised a 5-day livelihood training of persons with disabilities where the Livelihood Facilitator of Sightsavers Rajasthan undertook training of 19 PWDs at Kheda Gaon which is one of the centers of RGAVP in Dungarpur district on SHG formation and Sightsavers work on social inclusion programme in Dungarpur.
  • The Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPD) supported by Sightsavers in Dungarpur received their official letterhead from the President and Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation of Dungarpur to continue the functioning of the “Divyang Kaushal Kendra” and the OPD to be known as APNO OPD Dungarpur henceforth.
  • Accessible Building of Municipal Council in Dungarpur: With the continued advocacy and accessible audits by the OPD leaders of Dungarpur (supported by Sightsavers), the building of the Municipal Council has been made accessible with lifts, railings, accessible entry to office rooms, accessible toilets, which was evident with the regular visits by the OPD members to the office for advocacy activities.
  • The advocacy efforts of Sightsavers garnered support from the District Collector of Dungarpur who officiated that the OPD will be part of their monthly review meeting for which they got support from the Additional Director of Social Justice and Empowerment Department of Dungarpur.

Uttar Pradesh

  • For Vaccine equity, State Level Advocacy meeting was organised by Sightsavers with the Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Government of Uttar Pradesh. As a result, Commissioner for PWDs issued a letter to Chief Secretary Departmentof Medical Health & Family Welfare Uttar Pradesh for prioritizing vaccination coverage for all persons with disabilities across all districts of the state. OPD members supported by Sightsavers are actively engaged in this drive and have started to line list numbers of eligible PWDs to ensure proper follow up with their respective block medical officer in intervention districts of Unnao, Sultanpur, Kanpur and Varanasi.

Inclusive Education

Bihar

  • In the Academic Session 2021-22 under Inclusive Education Component, a proposal has been prepared by Sightsavers to provide funds to the children in order to recharge the mobile phones of Children with Disability involved in the online Tele-Education conducted in all the Districts as per the Bihar syllabus.

Jharkhand

  • Sightsavers conducted a skill development programme for children with visual impairment through online mode using Google Meet and Teach Ment app.

Rajasthan

  • Sightsavers is the only NGO member of the core committee for development of accessible curriculum constituted by Rajasthan Council of School Education, Government of Rajasthan. Sightsavers shared the Tele Education model and its past work on inclusive curriculum development which was well recognised.
  • Government of Rajasthan launched Mission Samarth state-wide for education of children with disabilities under which class wise education materials are released in accessible formats on YouTube application online. Sightsavers extended its technical support in development of the curriculum and worksheets with special focus on children with visual impairment and continued advocacy with SMSA, Education Department to ensure continuity of education of children with visual impairment. The Inclusive Education team of Jhalawar and Udaipur have demonstrated teaching methodologies and tele education model reaching out to the CVIs remotely throughout the lockdown which received appreciation and support from the Education Department.

Odisha

  • With the technical support of Sightsavers, teachers developed audio-video content for Children with Disabilities in classes VI, VII, and VIII on Mathematics, Language, Science & Geography to be used on mobile phones, Daisy Player, and Tab for mass distribution during the Covid Pandemic to assist the Department of Education in Odisha.
  • Scale up in terms of Clinical assessment of children with visual impairment & use of Assistive devices like Low vision Aids and ICT Devices in classroom study as well as Home based Learning to ensure quality Education. In this regard additional support for training of the children & Block resource persons & parents were provided.

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