Sightsavers from the field
January to March

April to June updates:

Highlights from across India.

March 2022

Eye Health

Bihar

  • Sightsavers conducted Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) study (Baseline Study for the Standard Chartered Bank supported project) in Gaya. With the objective to reduce the prevalence of blindness in Gaya, there was a vital need to study the prevalence of vision loss, the status at the grassroot to formulate strategy for reducing the prevalence of blindness in next four years.
  • With assistance from Sightsavers, the government hospital’s eye operation room in Gaya was renovated and made usable in order to facilitate cataract surgery there.

Chhattisgarh

  • A new vision centre has opened in Balodabazar district’s priority block Bhilaigarh. The vision centre is supported by Sightsavers and it intends to provide affordable eye care services to people living in the district’s most isolated location.
  • For the financial year 2021-22, Sightsavers’ Rural Eye Health Programme was supported by ALCON, TATA Assets, and Ascend Technologies (Donors), and budgetary targets were met in the districts of Balod, Balodabazar, Mahasamund, and Rajnandgaon.
  • In a campaign led by Sightsavers and implemented by Hospital partner Christian Fellowship, the Pendri panchayat of Rajanandgaon district became bilateral cataract free.

Jharkhand

  • Sightsavers in collaboration with District Blindness Control Society, and District Health Administration, Ramgarh, started the implementation of School Eye Screening programme for the government schools in Ramgrah.
  • Sightsavers in collaboration with National Programme for Control of Blindness& Visual Impairment, Pollution Control Board, District Blindness Control Society, Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society and Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra launched the Inclusive Eye Health Project at Hazaribagh, Jharkhand.

Madhya Pradesh

  • Under Sightsavers’ Rural Eye Health Programme, its local partners in the state integrated eye screening into the health melas being held by the state government in the districts of Katni, Jhabua, Raisen, Chhindwara, and Rajgarh.
  • Around 102 persons with disabilities underwent eye screenings as part of Sightsavers’ Inclusive Eye Health Initiative in Katni.
  • On World Health Day, a special eye screening camp was organised by Sightsavers for the Banjara community.
  • Around 110 urban eye health workers were oriented by Sightsavers on eye health and referral mechanism.
  • Linkages with HelpAge India, a national NGO, have been developed by Sightsavers to integrate eye health services into their aged helpline so that older individuals with eye problems can be promptly referred to vision centres for primary screening & other services.

Odisha

  • To sensitise Panchayat Raj Institution (PRI) members about the Blindness Prevalence Reduction Programme in their respective panchayats and villages, two training sessions were held by Sightsavers in Golamunda, Odisha.
  • Sightsavers in association with Vision 2020 conducted a one-day consultation on State Universal Eye Health Network in Bhubaneswar.

Rajasthan

  • On World Health Day, cataract focussed mega eye screening camp was organised by Sightsavers at Ladnun block of district Nagaur. In this camp, around 48 persons were identified and referred to base hospital for cataract surgery.
  • On World Health Day, Sightsavers put up an eye check-up stall in a programme organised by USAID in collaboration with National Health Mission. Nearly 80 patients were screened, of which 10 people were identified and referred for cataract surgery.
  • Sightsavers ‘It Takes Two- Us and You’ campaign was launched in Jaipur, with the goal of ensuring that no one goes blind unnecessarily and that people with disabilities live a life of dignity and respect in society. Rajasthan is one of the greatest beneficiaries of corporate social responsibility investment in India, with many companies having a presence in the state; through ‘It Takes Two’ campaign, Sightsavers has requested that these corporations step up and collaborate with them to ensure that the prevalence of blindness is reduced to 0.3 percent in the state.

Uttar Pradesh

  • Sightsavers’ Rural Eye Health Programme has been expanded to one new district, Shrawasti.
  • An intersectoral meeting was organised by Sightsavers in association with Dr Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital and Christian Eye hospital to integrate all sectors for ensuring eye screening and promoting demand generation across various verticals of the society.
  • A workshop with 153 PRI members (Panchayati Raj Institutions) and other primary health providers was held by Sightsavers in June to ensure better eye health services in the districts of Sitapur, Hardoi, Bahraich, and Shahjahanpur.
  • Sightsavers along with its partner hospitals, SNC, Dr Shroff, Sitapur Eye Hospital, Christian Eye Hospital and VCSS participated in the meeting to discuss the road map for government’s initiative “Rashtriya Netra Jyoti Abhiyan” in Uttar Pradesh.
  • Sightsavers has submitted a proposal on Urban Eye Health Programme in the Polyclinics-NUHM in Uttar Pradesh. Sightsavers will lead as technical partner to establish eye health services in 82 Polyclinic clinics in Uttar Pradesh.
  • Sightsavers conducted awareness workshop for the slum dwellers to make them understand the importance of eye health, eye health problems in elder population, Diabetes and its effect on eyes.

West Bengal

  • Sightsavers has launched its School Eye Health Programme in Alipurduar district.
  • With the efforts of Sightsavers under the Rural Eye Health Programme, Kalchini Block in Alipurduar district of West Bengal has been declared Cataract Blindness Backlog free.
  • Sightsavers organised a women-specific eye screening camp in the Mekhliganj block where 87 women had their eyes tested for the first time and 55 SHG members received basic eye health education.
  • An integrated vision centre was inaugurated by Sightsavers in Cooch Behar district.
  • Under Sightsavers’ Urban Eye Health Programme, around 847 ASHA workers were trained on primary eye screening and basic eye care in 5 blocks of Howrah district.
  • Two eye screening camps were organised by Sightsavers in Amta – 2 block of Howrah district in collaboration with Sangha members to focus/Prioritise more on women footfall in the eye screening camps.
  • Sightsavers organised a continuous advocacy meeting with County Medical Officers of Health – Howrah, regarding cataract surgery & spectacle distribution.

Social Inclusion

Bihar

  • Sightsavers in association with Central University of South Bihar conducted self defence training for adolescent girls with visual impairment wherein 16 girls were trained by Arvind Khaire.
  • By concentrating on the social and financial inclusion of persons with disabilities in the EE blocks in June, Sightsavers was able to bring about 6000 persons with disabilities into the SHG fold, facilitate their financial inclusion, and provide a first seed fund and credit linkage with the bank totaling INR 7.9 million.

Chhattisgarh

  • In Labrakhurd, Mahasamund, technical skill training for persons with disabilities on the production of LED bulbs is being held.
  • Seven persons with disabilities supported by Sightsavers from the PITHORA economic empowerment block took part in a one-month mobile repair course offered by Bank of Baroda, RESETI, Mahasamund.
  • At XISA, Raipur, 28 participants attended a training session for members of Organisations of Persons with Disabilities organised by Sightsavers on advocacy planning, vision creation, leadership, resource mobilisation, and legal instruments.
  • Around twenty girls with visual impairment received six days of self-defense instruction in Mahasamund,by Sightsavers in collaboration with the Mahasamund sports department.

Jharkhand

  • Self-defense training was organised by Sightsavers for From June 3 through June 8, 16 girls with visual impairment in Hazaribag.
  • Following an orientation meeting, Jharkhand Skill Mission in association with Sightsavers is providing skill training to 7 persons with disabilities in Hazaribagh.

Madhya Pradesh

  • Madison Resource Foundation (MRF) representatives Ms Lara Balsara and Ms Tanya Balsara visited the Tanya Computer Center (TCC) in the Katni (initiative by Sightsavers) and spoke with two groups of students enrolled in computer education. Six separate workstations with PCs, printers, and scanners are available in the facility.
  • The committee members of Orgaisations of Persons with Disabilities in Katni attended consultations and provided feedback to Sightsavers on the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India’s draught accessibility criteria for health care.
  • Self-defense training for 20 visually impaired girls was organised by Sightsavers in collaboration with the state Department of Sports and Youth Affairs. The inaugural function was presided over by Commissioner Disability and Ms Sanskriti Sharma, Director of the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  • Two members of Organisations of Persons with Disabilities supported by Sightsavers in Katni have been appointed to the district level committee established under the RPWD Act 2016.
  • A state level virtual orientation was organised by Sightsavers for the District Medical Board members and District Disability Resource Centre staff. A total of 11 districts members oriented towards RPWD Act 2016, 21 types of Disability and strengthening disability certification process in a Joint programme with State Office of Disability Commissioner, Madhya Pradesh.
  • Two persons with disabilities supported by Sightsavers have been linked in bakery item manufacturing company in Katni.
  • Sightsavers organised a two-day cattle farming training for members of Self Help Groups from three priority blocks in Katni in collaboration with the Department of Animal Husbandry.

Odisha

  • Girls with visual impairment get self-defense training under Sightsavers’ Social Inclusion Programme during a six-day residential course that was held in Bhawanipatna, Kalahandi. Mr Arvind Khaire, a self defence expert from Mumbai, trained a total of 11 visually impaired girls.
  • Sightsavers submitted a proposal on self-defense training to the Government of Odisha’s Department of Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities. The Department agreed to hold trainings in all 30 districts for all female students with visual impairment from Blind Schools, Inclusive Schools, and Two Colleges.

Rajasthan

  • Sightsavers conducted an accessible audit in 52 buildings in six districts of Rajasthan, including Jaipur, Bikaner, Sirohi, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, and Dungarpur, with the assistance of the State Disability Commissioner, District Collectors, and the Department of Public Works.
  • Sightsavers Links established links with Rajasthan Grameen Aajeevika Vikas Parishad (RGAVP) for the inclusion of persons with disabilities.
  • Training of 25 cadres of State Livelihood Mission was organised by Sightsavers on types of disabilities, identification, and mobilisation of persons with disabilities at village level to form Self Help groups.
  • Members of Organisations of Persons with Disabilities supported by Sightsavers in Dungarpur have enrolled 22 people with certification and 31 with other government schemes of Department of Social Justice and Empowerment such as equipment, pension, Palanhar, etc.
  • Preeti Taneja, Treasurer of APNO, supported under Sightsavers’ Social Inclusion Programme, has been appointed as a member of the Zonal Railway Users Consultative Committee.
  • As a result of Sightsavers’ advocacy with support from Samarthyam, a letter has been issued by the Department of Social Justice & Empowerment (DoSJE) to form district level committee on disability in Jaipur, Bikaner, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Sirohi and Dungarpur.
  • Santosh Katara, one of the most active OPD members (Organisations of Persons with Disabilities) in Dungarpur supported by Sightsavers, has been steadfastly pressing the District Administration and the Health Department to resolve the outstanding cases of PWDs so that these people might obtain their UDID cards.
  • About 52 persons with disabilities were trained by Sightsavers on RPWD Act and other government schemes.
  • District hospital (DH) meals are provided by the MVSS (district unit of APNO OPD) Indira Kitchen for INR 25 per dish. This will increase the kitchen’s overall revenue. The Director of Municipal Corporation and the Minister of State for Rajasthan both stopped by the kitchen and complimented the OPD members on their delicious lunch.
  • The women members of an Organisation of Persons with Disabilities in Chittorgarh (supported by Sightsavers) have been successfully running three Indira Kitchens (under a government scheme) for some time, and the government has decided to provide them with six more kitchens to run in Chittorgarh based on their excellent work.

Uttar Pradesh

  • Sightsavers’ partners in Uttar Pradesh participated in the weeklong health mela held by Government of Uttar Pradesh in Unnao district. Around 79 persons with disabilities received tricycles and smart canes as a result of this event

West Bengal

  • Many girls with visual impairment received self defense training under Sightsavers’ Social Inclusion Programme. The training was hosted by OM Dayal Institute in Howrah.

Inclusive Education

Bihar

  • Kundan from Bhagalpur, supported by Sightsavers under the Inclusive Education Programme has performed extremely well in the Bihar Board Examination. There are around 11 children supported by Sightsavers who have also secured first division in the board exams.

Chhattisgarh

  • Sightsavers provided training to two batches of general teachers from four blocks of Mahasamund on inclusive Pedagogy and ICT.
  • District Collector, Mr Nileshkumar Mahadev Kshirsagar (IAS) has appreciated the work being done by the Sightsavers in Mahasamund for increasing learning outcomes of children with visual impairment.

Jharkhand

  • Sightsavers organised training programmes to sensitize the stakeholders including school administrators, Anganwadi workers and volunteers on accessible and inclusive education.
  • On International Day of Women, 12 girls with visual impairment were provided with assistive devices by Sightsavers.

Madhya Pradesh

  • In Katni, Sightsavers gave orientation training to 31 parents of children with visual impairment.

Odisha

  • Orissa School Education Program Authority (OSEPA) in association with Sightsavers organised a five day workshop on the identification of disability, its causes, preventive measures, assistive devices, teaching learning material required for persons with disabilities, the role of the teacher, and the role of the parents.
  • A one-day training programme was conducted by Sightsavers in two clusters for Inclusive Education Volunteers and for the Block Resource Persons on Curriculum Adaptation, Plus Curriculum and ICT.
  • Educational Awareness at a glance in High impact District, Ganjam:
  1. Around 300 visually impaired children were supported by Sightsavers with home-based education using their devices and Braille and Taylor frame based on curriculum of their respective classes in reporting quarter.
  2. New physical verification of 14 children were done by BRP, Sightsavers with support of DISE data.

Rajasthan

  • Sightsavers received support from the state government for provision of repair and maintenance cost of ICT devices from School Management Committee funds.
  • Sightsavers focused on increasing the registration of children with visual impairment on Sugamya Pustakalaya and facilitated linking around 155 children with visual impairment from the intervention districts. In total, 422 children with visual impairment were registered from all over Rajasthan.
  • Samagra Shiksha, Rajasthan has provided ninety-nine laptops to children with visual impairment and out of that 8 CVIs are from Sightsavers’ implementation districts that are being supported by HCL. This was followed by a ten day residential training for which Sightsavers extended technical support of two resource persons to train children with visual impairment.
  • Sightsavers in association with Samagra Shiksha, Rajasthan organised trainings of children with visual impairment on Daisy Player and Mobile Phones to enhancing their learning outcomes.

Uttar Pradesh

  • Sightsavers signed a non-financial MoU with UNICEF for its Inclusive Education Programme in Uttar Pradesh. The objective is to address the specific needs of children with visual impairment and support the overall objective of inclusive education in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
  • Sightsavers in association with Dr Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital organised low vision assessment camp in Kasganj. Around 51 children with visual impairment received low vision devices, 17 children were recommended for surgeries and 58 children recommended for corrective glasses.
  • Sightsavers organised a virtual training regarding cross learning on BRC (block resource centre).

West Bengal

  • Sightsavers successfully registered 110 children with visual impairment in Sugama Pustakalaya which will help them to access reading and educational material which are in an accessible format.
  • Sightsavers has successfully executed the conversion of all Bengali medium schoolbooks from class 6th to 10th class into EPUB format, which is an accessible reading format for children with visual impairment. It has been uploaded to Sugama Pustakalaya website so that all children with visual impairment, registered under Sugama Pustakalaya, can access these books.

 

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