Sightsavers from the field
January to March

January to March updates:

Highlights from across India.

April 2021

Eye Health

Bihar

  • FICCL supported Sightsavers started the Rural Eye Health Programme in REH programmes started in two new districts of Bihar- Araria and Sitamarhi, under which 2 vision centres have been established. The programme is by FICCL in the districts.
  • Sightsavers’ Urban Eye Health Programme in Bihar was awarded by Indian Chamber of Commerce in ICC Social Impact Awards & Summit 2021 in the large Healthcare project category.

Chhattisgarh

  • Sightsavers organised screening camps organised for women in Chhattisgarh wherein 86 women were screened of which 51 were identified and referred for eye health conditions.

Jharkhand

  • Sightsavers launched the High Impact Rural Eye Health Programme in Hazaribagh district in March 2021.

Madhya Pradesh

  • Sightsavers signed an MoU with National Health Mission, Madhya Pradesh under the Rural Eye Health Programme for the year 2021-2023.
  • During Road Safety week, Sightsavers in collaboration with Jhabua police, organised special camps and screened for occupational drivers in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Sightsavers in association with Women & Child welfare department Madhya Pradesh initiated eye screenings at Anganwadi Centres (AWCs): An Eye Care Outreach initiative in COVID-19: The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on people, communities, and economies, including health care and eye care. It has brought enormous challenges to health care system. To address this issue, Sightsavers along with partner adopted the strategy to integrate with the AWCs as an accessible place in the slum and the vulnerable groups like women and children are familiar with it. Thorough this strategy, it is ensured to reach to the vulnerable and weaker sections/ group (women, children, adolescents, senior citizens, etc.) and cover peripheral slums of the city, where reach of eye care facilities are negligible. During the quarter 103 AWCs have been covered reaching out to 7640 slum dwellers. 58% of them are females and 282 have been referred to base hospital for cataract surgery.
  • Sightsavers will be partnering with WISH Foundation (Wadhwani Institute for sustainable Health care, a flagship programme of Lords education and health society (LEHS)) for providing eye care services to 14 Sanjivini clinics & 20 UPHCs in Bhopal.
  • International Women’s day was observed jointly with NRLM & Health Department in districts of Raisen, Rajgarh, Katni , Umaria, Jhabua, Alirajpur and Ashok Nagar, screenings were conducted for Corona warriors such as ASHA’s, Anganwadi workers, community volunteers, Self-Help Group members and exclusively for women. In total 862 women were screened and 414 were provided with spectacles and 60 were identified & referred for cataract surgery. COVID warriors were felicitated for their hard work during COVID pandemic.
  • Sightsavers organised special screening camps for Female Corona Warriors on International Women’s Day: Jointly with Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC), ICDS, Health department and Water Aid India, Women’s day was observed by recognising the noble work of the Female corona warriors who stepped out of their comfort zone and accepted the challenge to work in the urban slum areas for the community health, hygiene, and infection prevention during COVID Pandemic. 113 Sanitation workers, Anganwadi workers and ASHA’s were screened, and 76 spectacles were dispensed.

Odisha

  • Sightsavers’ School Eye Health programme in the Kalahandi district is on by adopting screening at both school and community level.
  • NABH accreditation is a hallmark on quality of services and assures certain standards (Standardsfor patient care, medication management, consent process, patient safety). With the support of Sightsavers, Junagarh Netra Chikitsalaya, LEPRA Society (PPP mode of Hospital) has been qualified for NABH entry level certification. This is a herculean task for qualifying for the NABH accreditation from a Hospital which is in the remote rural area of Kalahandi. This is the first rural sub divisional hospital to get the certification in the state.
  • All partner eye hospitals in Odisha have been empanelled under COVID vaccination campaign by Govt and all health staff in the hospitals have taken the vaccination towards their safety. Which in turn has increased the patient flow in the hospital.
  • Towards inclusive eye health, Sightsavers Urban Eye Health programme organised two special camps targeting Leprosy affected persons and destitute inmates residing in the Missionaries of Charity home. The patients were provided eye examination, refraction, surgical support, and spectacles.

Rajasthan

  • Sightsavers launched three new vision centres established in Hanumangarh and Pratapgarh under the Rural Eye Health Programme. During the inauguration a live tour of the vision centres was provided, and the operational plans were explained. On the day of the launch, patients had already started coming up for getting their eyes tested. The donors could see how Sightsavers ensured utilisation of their donation from day one.
  • The vision centre at Hanumangarh is supported by Fullerton India.
  • The two vision centers in Pratapgarh are supported by individual donors Barry and Olly. This was the first time ever that an international online launch event took place for individual donors, where people from three different time zones participated- Barry from Sydney, Olly from Switzerland.

Uttar Pradesh

  • To observe World Glaucoma Week, various events such as Glaucoma screening camp & awareness generation and poster competition were organised by Sightsavers in High impact district Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh.

West Bengal

  • Universal Eye Health programme – “Chokher Alo” was launched by West Bengal Government on 4th January 2021 with an aim to provide universal eye health coverage in the state. Sightsavers played a major role as technical partner to state.
  • Three government surgeons (Falakata SSH, Alipurduar DH and Dinhata SDH) were provided hands on training by Sightsavers from 16th February to 19th February 2021.
  • Sightsavers conducted training for ophthalmic cadre on primary eye care for 11 districts.

Social Inclusion

Chhattisgarh

  • Around fifty OPD members (Organisation of Persons with Disabilities) supported by Sightsavers, participated in Voter’s Day celebration organised by Raipur District Administration.

Jharkhand

  • A collaboration was formed between Organisation of Persons with Disability known as, Divyang Addhikar Manch (supported by Sightsavers) and two European Organisations of Persons with Disabilties (OPD) in order to strengthen their advocacy strategy.

Madhya Pradesh

  • Sightsavers conducted a regional level Webinar for People with Disabilities, members of OPD and Disability networks was held on 8th March 2021 aiming to celebrate women achievements and forge positive change for women.

Odisha

  • OPD members (Organisations of Persons with Disabilities) from Gajapati and Rayagada districts supported by Sightsavers attended CDPF Online Disability Equality Capacity Building Course organised by Commonwealth Disabled People’s Forum. The objective of the course was to bring change in attitude and accept the human rights approach in line with the UNCRPD and Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Dissemination of Rising Voices Report: As part of the EU Project, Sightsavers organised a virtual workshop to disseminate the Rising Voices Report where around twenty five OPD members of Gajapati, Ganjam and Rayagada participated.

Rajasthan

  • Sightsavers conducted a regional level Webinar for People with Disabilities, members of OPD and Disability networks was held on 8th March 2021 aiming to celebrate women achievements and forge positive change for women.

Uttar Pradesh

  • OPD members supported by Sightsavers in Uttar Pradesh have listed Persons with Disabilities for aids and appliances which will provide them with mobility support.

Inclusive Education

Jharkhand

  • Sightsavers organised Braille and ICT Competition for children with visual impairment (CVIs) in Jharkhand to improve their learning aptitude.

Madhya Pradesh

  • Sightsavers gave an orientation to all Content developers/ Faculties of Rajya Shiksha Kendra in Madhya Pradesh on the Guideline developed for Inclusive learning teaching online resources. This has enabled the content developers to develop inclusive resources helping 15000+ VI children to learn better.

Odisha

  • Scale up of Inclusive Module UDYAM as a good tool for holistic development for all categories of children- Sightsavers in collaboration with Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan trained approximately 350 Block Resource Teachers (BRTs) with focus on UDYAM modules developed by Sightsavers, inclusive education transaction processes, ICT & LVD devices usages, TLM and pedagogy.
  • Scale up in terms of Clinical assessment of children with visual impairment to ICT & Low vision Device Training- To improve the effectiveness of clinical assessment of Low Vision students and their learning through the use of ITC & low vision devices, around 200 BRPs were trained by Sightsavers in ICT and low vision devices across ten

Rajasthan

  • In Udaipur and Jhalawar districts of Rajasthan, children with visual impairment (CVI) received residential training by Sightsavers on ICT. In Udaipur, the inauguration of the training and distribution of mobile phones to the CVIs was done by the District Collector of Udaipur.

West Bengal

  • Sightsavers provided low vision aids and Braille Kits to children with visual impairment.

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