- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.