Sightsavers from the field
January to March

January to March updates:

Highlights from across India.

March 2022

Eye Health

Bihar

  • Sightsavers in a tripartite agreement with Standard Chartered Bank, NBJK and AJEH has initiated High Impact Rural Eye Health programme in Gaya and Samastipur. This project is focused on reducing the prevalence of blindness through the identification of cataract patients and their surgery. The new project will be delivering services in north and south Bihar districts.

Chhattisgarh

  • Sightsavers’ Rural Eye Health Programme in Chhattisgarh has started in new Korba district, and now the programme has expanded to total seven districts in Chhattisgarh.

Jharkhand

  • Sightsavers organised special eye screening camp for persons with disabilities during the PwD certification camp in Hazaribagh.
  • With a view to reduce the blindness prevalence in Hazaribag, Sightsavers has carried out various integrated eye screening camps to strengthen the existing Community Health Centres of Katkamsandi, Barhi, Ichak, Badkagaon & Bishnugarh.
  • After the advocacy effort initiated by Sightsavers, Government of Jharkhand in its Health Management Information System has now included an indicator on cataract surgical rate. Sightsavers in association with Government of Jharkhand has also issued a Policy Guidance on the implementation of the Disability Act.

Madhya Pradesh

  • Sightsavers’ Rural Eye Health Programme has been extended to Seoni district in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Community Health Officers (CHOs) training was organized by Sightsavers in Petlawad, a priority block of HI district Jhabua on their role in Mission Roshni and Cataract Blindness Backlog Free (CBBF) program.
  • Sightsavers has been supporting an optometrist at the urban Community Health Centre since the last four years. This has led to an increase in the eye OPD from 600 initially to 7,010.
  • Sightsavers in collaboration with Indore Bar Association organised eye screening camp for the advocates of Indore. Around 144 advocates were screened.

Odisha

  • On International Women’s Day, two eye screening camps for girls were organised by Sightsavers at Niranjan Women’s College in Aska and Junior Women’s College in Chatrapur.
  • Sightsavers conducted eye screening camp in high priority blocks of Kalahandi district.
  • Glaucoma awareness rally taken out in Kalahandi -Sightsavers organised an awareness rally on World Glaucoma Week to generate awareness about the importance of regular and a comprehensive eye check-up, which is the only way to control Glaucoma on time.
  • Sightsavers in collaboration with Kutia Kandha Development Agency (KKDA), organised special screening camps in Lanjigarh and Kalahandi to serve the Particularly Venerable Tribes (PVTGs) by implementing different schemes.
  • A comprehensive eye screening camp was organised by Sightsavers on International Women’s Day at a ‘Swadhhar Griha’ under Urban Eye Health Programme in Odisha.
  • With an aim to serve the vulnerable community, a special eye screening camp for was organized at a Shelter Home for the underprivileged at Ekamra Nilaya, Bhubaneswar.

Rajasthan

  • Sightsavers gained recognition by District Administration in Nagaur for the excellent implementation of the Rural Eye Health Programme. The Camp Coordinator was awarded by the Block Chief Medical Officer for his outstanding work in the field of eye health.

Uttar Pradesh

  • Sightsavers has submitted proposal of Urban Eye Health Programme in the Polyclinics-NUHM in Uttar Pradesh. Sightsavers will lead as the technical partner to establish eye health services in 82 Polyclinic clinics in Uttar Pradesh.
  • Sightsavers organised training for 1,206 Urban ASHA and MAS members on technique of basic eye examination, common eye problems, general symptoms of eye problem in Kanpur and Prayagraj. They were also equipped with a kit including Training module, measuring ribbon, E chart, writing pad and pen.
  • Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) Screening was started by Sightsavers in association with Standard Chartered Bank. A total of 192 people were screened for DR through the advance technique.

West Bengal

  • Standard Chartered Bank, India, through its Seeing is Believing project, has partnered with Sightsavers to reduce the prevalence of blindness from the existing 0.7% to 0.3% of the population in the district of South 24 parganas in West Bengal by end of 2025. The ‘High Impact Rural Eye Health Programme’ will prioritise work in 20 rural blocks in the remote Sundarbans region.
  • Inclusive eye screening camps were organised by Sightsavers in various locations of Howrah district on International Women’s Day.
  • In Alipurduar district, Sightsavers had organised a woman centric screening camp where more than 150 were screened and 18 cataract cases referred to base hospital for operation.
  • In West Medinipur district, a special screening eye camp for women was organised by Sightsavers.

Social Inclusion

Bihar

  • Sightsavers provided training to the members of OPD (Organisations of Persons with Disabilities) on leadership, vision building and advocacy.
  • Kshirabdhi, one of the OPD (Organisations of Persons with Disabilities) leaders in Kalahandi, supported under Sightsavers’ Social Inclusion Programme, has been elected as the Ward Member in the recent Panchayat Elections in Odisha.

Chhattisgarh

  • On International Women’s Day, eye screening camp was organised jointly by OPD members supported by Sightsavers, and Aurobindo NETHRALAYA. The camp was attended by more than 100 people in which majority were women.
  • Under Sightsavers’ initiative, about 49 persons with disabilities were trained on making “Tamarind Candy”. This candy is very popular in rural areas and the people in the villages are loving the product.

Jharkhand

  • For inclusion of PWDs in vocational training, Director of Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETI) was oriented on 22nd feb’2022 in collaboration with JSLPS on Sightsavers Social Inclusion Programme.
  • In collaboration with JSLPS, Sightsavers oriented 48 Job Resource Persons of Hazaribag district who in turn will provide skill and vocational trainings to persons with disabilities and will facilitate them to start enterprise too.
  • Under Sightsavers’ Vaccine Equity campaign, more than 15000 persons with disabilities have been vaccinated in Hazaribag district.

Madhya Pradesh

  • With Sightsavers’ effort, two Self Help Groups were formed in Katni district. the groups successfully opened their respective bank account and were linked with SRLM.
  • Sightsavers supported Judo Champion & OPD member and women committee member, Priya Keer from Hoshangabad district was featured in SpogoNews -a brand-new sports news portal who interviews athletes and sports personalities across India for their website. SpogoNews had an exclusive interview with Priya who spoke about the impact of Judo in her life, memorable achievements, influence of Sightsavers, her future goals, etc.
  • Thirteen Judo Champions supported by Sightsavers participated in the 10th national blind and deaf judo championship 2022 held at Shriganganagar, Rajasthan. Seven champions received gold, silver and bronze medals.
  • Sightsavers launched ‘Tanya Computer Centre in Katni District, Madhya Pradesh’ supported by Madison Resource Foundation to enhance capacities of Persons with Visual Impairment in digital literacy and personality development.

Odisha

  • Kshirabdhi Majhi, one of the OPD leaders supported by Sightsavers in Kalahandi has been declared elected as Ward Member in the recent Panchayat Elections in Odisha.
  • Sightsavers approached the Project Manager of Kutia Kandh Development Agency (KKDA), Government of Odisha to support People with Disabilities belonging to Primitive Vulnerable Tribal Groups to be engaged in income generation activities and submitted a list of 46 People with Disabilities. As a result, Mahanti Majhi, a person with physical disability, received financial assistance worth INR 22,500 to start his own fast-food centre in Lanjigarh.

Rajasthan

  • Two OPD members supported by Sightsavers won gold medal for Shot Put at 11th Para Olympics State Level Championship and bronze medal for discus throw at the League Championship each respectively.
  • Nisha Lamba, one of the OPD members in Bikaner (supported by Sightsavers) won one gold medal for Disc throw and a silver medal in Shot Put at the 20th National Para Athletic Championship at Orissa.
  • Training on Self Defence for girls with visual impairment was organised by Sightsavers in collaboration with Rajasthan School Education Council, Jaipur.
  • Sightsavers with the support of the State Disability Commissioner, District Collectors and the Department of Public Works Department conducted the accessible audit in the 52 buildings of six districts of Rajasthan namely Jaipur, Bikaner, Sirohi, Udaipur, Chittorgarh and Dungarpur respectively.

Uttar Pradesh

  • Due to Sightsavers continued advocacy, UDID cards are being released every month for persons with disabilities. Around 9,016 applications 8,934 UDID cards have been generated and 7,011 dispatched to PWDs in Unnao.
  • Under Sightsavers’ Vaccine Equity initiative, Unnao approximately 98% of persons with disabilities in Unnao have received the 1st dose of vaccination and around 85% of them are fully vaccinated.

West Bengal

  • Sightsavers in association with UCO Bank organised financial literacy training to persons with disabilities in Howrah district.
  • Under the Social Inclusion Programme, Sightsavers formed OPD Core Committee members and trained them on social security benefits.
  • Sightsavers organised inclusive eye screening camps for women on International Women’s Day.

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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