Sightsavers from the field
July to September

July to September updates:

Highlights from across India.

October 2022

Eye Health

Bihar

  • Vision centre inauguration under the SCB project in Samastipur & Gaya District -2 VCs were inaugurated in Samastipur district and 3 VCs in Gaya district.
  • Vision centre inauguration under the SCB project, Samastipur– In Samastipur district of Bihar, two Vision centers in Kalyanpur and Hasanpur Blocks have been inaugurated in September. These Vision Centres will be run by implementing partner Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital and will be the primary point of contact for primary eye care services in this rural area of the district.
  • In partnership with Lepra Society, RAAHI program has been initiated in Patna Urban for screening the autorickshaw drivers and the helpers in the union.  Regular camps are being organized, creating awareness among autorickshaw drivers for primary eye health and delivering services at no extra cost of earning hours for the targeted community. Besides auto rickshaw drivers’ cleaners, mechanics and other helper have also been screened. Those identified with cataract have been referred to GGSH for surgery and others identified with presbyopia refractive error have been provided with spectacles.
  • In partnership with Lepra Society, RAAHI program has been initiated in Patna Urban for screening the autorickshaw drivers and the helpers in the union.  Regular camps are being organized, creating awareness among autorickshaw drivers for primary eye health and delivering services at no extra cost of earning hours for the targeted community. Besides auto rickshaw drivers’ cleaners, mechanics and other helper have also been screened. Those identified with cataract have been referred to GGSH for surgery and others identified with presbyopia refractive error have been provided with spectacles.

Chhattisgarh

  • REH project extended to one more district i.e., Bemetara.
  • Under Inclusive eye health initiative in HI district Balodabazar, screening camps were organized for Disabled people and SRLM women SHGs.
  • Balodabazar HI district strategy and way forward plan presented to district collector and district health officials at district hospital.
  • Under Inclusive Eye health initiative in Balodabazar inclusive camps organized for PWDs and women with the support of OPDs and SRLM.
  • Total 203 ASHA were trained in the priority block of HI district Balodabazar.
  • Under Inclusive Eye Health programs, exclusive screening camps for PWD were organized.
  • To augment the women’s participation in eye health, exclusive women camps were organized in coordination with SRLM.
  • One of the blocks of district Kawardha is declared as a Bilateral Cataract Free block. Partner hospital played a crucial role in the clearing of bilateral cases from the region.

Jharkhand

  • Inclusive Eye Screening camps were organized for various sectors of the society – Old age people (with a special emphasis on people aged 50 and above), PWDs, Juvenile observation home, Mentally Challenged Children in Saraikela- Kharsawan and Hazaribagh districts.
  • Inclusive Eye Screening camps for various community people was organized in 3d Quarter. The target groups were- old age people (a special emphasis on people aged 50 and above, PWDs, children at Juvenile observation home, Children with mental disability at Hazaribagh.
  • An initiative of Cataract Blindness Backlog Free (CBBF) has been started in the block of Chouparan and Katkamsandi to clear the backlogs by organising training of cadres, health workers and volunteers and later by organising screening camps and providing free cataract surgery at partner and district hospital.
  • State of Jharkhand- Special eye screening was organised by LNJP Eye Hospital team for Truckers at Choradha check post at Jharkhand & Bihar Border. Free spectacles and medicines have been distributed to the patients.

Madhya Pradesh

  • MP programme expanded to two new districts- Mandla & Sagar.
  • Sightsavers supported NPCB &VI to organise workshop for Eye Surgeon, DPMs and NGO Eye hospitals on Pradhan Mantri Motia Bind Mukt Bharat Abhiyan in Madhya Pradesh. Ms. Priyanka Das, IAS, Mission Director, NHM MP called upon all the DPMs to develop district level plans to implement the mission mode cataract surgeries for the blind & severe visual Impairment due to cataract. On the occasion, best performing districts & eye surgeons for cataract surgeries were awarded and appreciation certificates were distributed by the Mission Director. Ophthalmic Surgeon from district Jhabua was awarded for performing highest cataract surgeries. Ophthalmic team from Raisen & Katni district were awarded for best performing district.
  • Sightsavers MP Team presented two papers on “Mission Roshni; Towards Reduction in Blindness Prevalence: joint initiative with District Government in Jhabua District, India” and “Sustainable village for equitable & accessible EH services & inclusion of all communities by age, gender & disabilities” during the 16th Annual Conference of Vision 2020 India on Community Ophthalmology -Leave No One Behind held in Siliguri, West Bengal.
  • Awarded best paper for “Mission Roshni” focusing on Sightsavers high Impact REH Strategy during the 16th Annual Conference of Vision 2020 India.
  • Sightsavers MoU with District Health Society for Urban Eye Health programme in Bhopal renewed for another three years – 2022 to 2025.
  • UEH Bhopal Ophthalmic Team trained on Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) screening & referrals system with support of technical agency-Sewa Sadan Hospital for screening the patients in the outreach locations as well as Government NCD clinics through New Equipped Mobile Van.

Odisha

  • Employment Campaign:  Sightsavers collaborated with the District Employment Exchange Office in mobilising persons with disabilities for the employment campaign organised in Bhawanipatna, Kalahandi. The programme has successfully mobilised 36 PwDs to the camp for 8 Companies and MSME’s which had participated for recruitment of the candidates where the final selection result will be out in October-2022.
  • IEC activities at School for sensitizing people on eye health issues -Wall paintings (Each school have 7th wall paintings) are completed in 9th schools of Koksara Block.
  • PRI training Workshop on Eye Health was organized at Kalahandi district by Sightsavers and partner Shree Jaganath Netralya in August. The objectives of the training program were to create an aware on eye health among PRI members and help them to mobilize the community and refer people for eye treatment.  Total 25 members participated and . Dr. Bharat Bandhu Panda (Eye Specialist, Retired) was a special invitee and resource person in the training program.

Rajasthan

  • REH programme extended to 2 new districts – Sikar and Tonk.
  • Groundwork for CBBF initiated in panchayat Mayapur in the form of volunteer training. During this training ASHA, AWW and village volunteers actively participated. Local NGO Kalyani Sansthan is co-ordinating the door-to-door mapping of cataract that will be completed in Aug 2022.
  • Sightsavers team presented plan for HI district Nagaur to make it cataract backlog free in five years before the CMHO of the district who received the plan well and promised to work on it together.
  • 5 eye camps were organized in September in slum areas of Jaipur out of which one eye camp organized for a garment factory worker who engage in thread and needle work. 100 factory workers were screened of which 19 workers were provided free spectacles. 5 people were identified with cataract who were referred for cataract surgery. This was first time factory workers were engaged at this level in Jaipur urban and this effort of Sightsavers and its implementing partners was appreciated by the Factory owners.

Uttar Pradesh

  • One-day orientation of ASHAs was conducted in district Budaun in which a total of 51 ASHAs were trained,
  • 24 community meetings held reaching out to approximately 500 women and men on eye health.
  • 439 ASHA workers were trained on eye diseases such as cataract, glaucoma, DR, Rohe’s disease, cornea, squint, discoloration of eyes, permanent blindness. They were oriented on basic eye test and regular eye care, importance of vitamin A in our body and precautions. The session was attended by BCPM and Eye examination officer in Baduan district who motivated the front-line health workers for prioritising eye health.
  • Sightsavers Global CEO visit Dr Caroline Harper (Sightsavers Global CEO) along with Mr R.N Mohanty (CEO, Sightsavers India), Ms Archana Bhambal (Area Director, North India) and Mr Pramod Tripathi (SPL, UP) visited Kanpur. She interacted with the front-line health workers and women group at the Ompurwa Vision centre to understand the situation of eye health and benefits of Primary Eye care centre in urban slums. She attended the camp at UPHC, Gandhigram organized in coordination with district government officials and met the beneficiary and medical officer.
  • Patient feedback activity was conducted. A total of 2044 people given their consent and participated in the survey out of which 43% were male and 57% were female.
  • 36 sanitary workers oriented on importance of eye health.

West Bengal

  • Cataract surgery in Mission Mode Drive was inaugurated in Alipurduar District Hospital and in Kalimpong District in September 2022 onwards in presence of various Govt officials and Sightsavers Staff.
  • Employability Campaign was launched on 19th September 2022 in presence of LDM, Mr. Sudipta Mohanty – AD, Sightsavers, Ms. Sampa Paul -SPL WB Sightsavers other staff members.
  • Block Health Educator of respective blocks have interacted with MO RBSK and BMOH of their respective blocks and have shared School screening plans and visit dates and proposed to work jointly.
  • Cataract surgery in Mission Mode Drive was inaugurated in Alipurduar District Hospital and in Kalimpong District in September 2022 onwards in presence of various Govt officials and Sightsavers Staff.
  • Employability Campaign was launched on 19th September 2022 in presence of LDM, Mr. Sudipta Mohanty – AD, Sightsavers, Ms. Sampa Paul -SPL WB Sightsavers other staff members.
  • MOU Signed with WBSRLM for SHG inclusion and credit linkage.

Social Inclusion

Bihar

  • Capacity building of OPD members and Nodal Community Coordinators of Jeevika on Rights and entitlements of PwDs were conducted on 6th and 7th September Various legal instruments for protection of PwDs, global, national, and local frameworks for their safety and equity were iterated.
  • Market Analysis in 8 Geo Clusters of Bodhgaya– With market analysis conducted in 8 geo clusters the block of Bodhgaya has been analysed and viable self-employment will be promoted among them.
  • Refresher Training on Self-defence – to strengthen self-defence techniques acquired by the adolescent girls in Gaya, a refresher training on Self Defence was organized in Bodhgaya.
  • Jute bag training of PwDs promoting self-employment– Jute bag trainees along with those in business for tailoring are being clubbed together for Producer Group of the product.
  • Screening of PwDs for DDUGKY training-. 25 PwDs were screened to be enrolled in DDUGKY skills and jobs placements program with the support of Jeevika (SRLM). PwDs were screened by Jobs Managers and referred to DDUGKY training centre in the adjacent districts of Gaya, while some PwDs have been referred for job placement.

Chhattisgarh

  • Sightsavers launched Tanya Computer Center for VI persons in Mahasamund District in a grand ceremony graced by Mr. Vinod Chandrakar, Parliamentary Secretary and MLA Mahasamund, Mr Dwarkadheesh Yadav, MLA Khallari constituency, Mrs Sangeeta Singh, Deputy Director, Social Welfare Department, representatives from different govt departments, students, parents and PRI members.
  • Member of parliament and district collector Balodabazar sanctioned Rs 5 lakhs and 7 lakhs respectively for the construction of “Divyang Bhawan” in Balodabazar. Deputy director, SWD and additional collector have been appointed as monitoring officers. The public work department will construct the building. Long advocacy efforts of OPD members made this happen.
  • PWDs physical verification work in two EE blocks has been completed.
  • Income generation trainings for PWD SHG members were organized during the reporting month.
  • Technical skills training for identified PWD organized in EE blocks. Total 28 PWDs benefitted.
  • Two SHGs received Revolving Fund.
  • 40 PWD were given training on Mushroom Cultivation during the reporting month.

Jharkhand

  • MoU Renewed with JSLPS for Social Inclusion Program for 3 years till August 2025.
  • Women with various disabilities were trained on Leadership, Advocacy and Legal Institution on 8th September 2022. There was total 29 participants out of which 25 were female, 6 were male
  • Orientation of JSLPS Staffs on Data Validation-Orientation for Block Programme Managers from 16 blocks was conducted to carry out data validation survey in Hazaribagh district. The survey will be completed by 1st Nov 2022 in the field.

Madhya Pradesh

  • Divisional level Sensitization workshop on “Mainstreaming Disability” jointly organised with State Commissioner, Disabilities. Around 130 people attended – Directors and Joint Directors from Govt dept of Health, Education, Social justice, WCD, Employment, Public works, Transport etc. Trustees from various institutions, NGOs, Schools, and Media professionals participated. The programme was inaugurated by District Collector, Joint Commissioner, Jabalpur Division, State Disability Commissioner and Divisional Director, Health. Dr Anjlee Agarwal spoke on Universal Accessibility guidelines.
  • Vision Building Workshop held for newly formed OPD in Katni district.
  • 19 OPD members contributed towards the WHO Global consultation meeting on Global Draft Report on Health Equity for Persons with Disabilities and shared recommendations & suggestions.
  • 2-days PRI strategy development workshop held in Bhopal and on the occasion, State Commissioner, Disabilities, MP was invited to share his views on how PRIs can be engaged. Sightsavers staff & Project Coordinators, state Consultants from North India.
  • Participated & contributed towards developing the strategy In the current PRI elections, 2 out of 4 of our active OPD members (1 female and 1 male) won and selected as Panchayat members from their respective villages. This is a result of their active participation in mobilising communities in their villages for organizing eye check -up camps for people with disabilities.

Odisha

  • Sightsavers India signed first one of its kind formal Project Funding Agreements with “SAMARTH” OPD of Gajapati district of Odisha state. The main goal of the partnership is that “Persons with disabilities are empowered, socially, economically and politically in an inclusive society”. The partnership will empower PwDs to take leadership position at District/ state level to influence and formulate favourable policies and guidelines.
  • Skill Development Training to PWDS in Economic Block of Kalahandi: Sightsavers in collaboration with Department of Fisheries and Animal Resources Development and Department of Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SSEPD) Kalahandi, has organised two trainings on goatary farming for the persons with disabilities in Junagarh where 42 PWDs participated.
  • Employment Campaign: Sightsavers collaborated with the District Employment Exchange Office in mobilising persons with disabilities for the employment campaign organised in Bhawanipatna, Kalahandi. The programme has successfully mobilised 36 PwDs to the camp for 8 Companies and MSME’s which had participated for recruitment of the candidates where the final selection result will be out in October-2022.
  • Livelihood Support: In this quarter, Sightsavers collaborated with Kutia Kandha Development Agency (KKDA) to provide support to two PWDs financially under the Income Generation Activity (IGA). They have received Rs. 30,000/- each. Following this, Sightsavers technical support led them start new enterprises, one has started his own Garment Showroom while other has started a ‘Daily Needs Shop’ in the village.
  • Capacity building of OPD members was organized in Kesinga, Kalahandi with primary objective of rebuilding and strengthening of OPD and develop a roadmap for inclusion of all the PWDs in the district and saturation of social security schemes among the PWDs

Rajasthan

  • Bajaj supported Inclusive Education and Social Inclusion programme launched in district Pratapgarh. The District Collector Mr. Saurabh Swami addressed the gathering and extended the support to fully saturate eye health needs of school going children as well as education for the CVIs and appreciated Sightsavers initiatives.
  • One-day orientation of over 60 representatives of CSOs and key government officials on 21 types of disabilities and Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 was conducted by Dr Sudeep Goyal an expert on Disabilities, Access Audit and RPWD Act.
  • State-level OPD meeting was organized APNO which had participation of 25 people comprising APNO board members and Sightsavers staff. Sightsavers facilitated finalization of vision and mission of APNO, helped the members develop roles and responsibilities of each Executive Committee member and reconstituted gender committee with 5 members representing five districts each, headed by a woman PwD member.
  • The Organization of Persons with Disabilities of Bikaner put forth 16 points of demand in front of the disability commissioner during his visit to Bikaner under the “mission tehsil 392.” The 16-point letter was accepted, and he verbally assured OPDs that the points would be discussed and resolve the problems of persons with disabilities at the earliest.

Uttar Pradesh

  • Six days self-defence training course was conducted for 12 adolescent visual impaired girls in district Unnao of UP from Sightsavers. The training was conducted in coordination with District sports authority of Unnao. The programme was concluded with the certificate distribution by the MLA Unnao Mr Pankaj Gupta. Mr R.D Paul (District sports officer) and Ms Shashi Prabha Srivastava (Basic Shiksha Adhikari). The event was covered by media Lucknow Superfast, Awadh Nagri, vidhan Kesari and Nyaykaprhari.
  • Entrepreneur development training organised for 34 PWD with support from at Jan Sikshan Sansthan-JSS. PWD were oriented on how to start an enterprise, key milestones, bank linkages, schemes like Pradhan Mantri Swarojgar Yojna, Mudra Loan and insurance schemes.
  • 110 PWDs registered for UDID card and five for aid appliances during a camp organised by Sightsavers in coordination with District disabled welfare department and Panchayati Raj Block officers.
  • 30 PWDs participated in OPD meetings organised at Nawabganj block. Discussions held on increasing OPD members and formalising the OPD at district level.

West Bengal

  • Employability Campaign was launched on 19th September 2022 in presence of LDM, Mr. Sudipta Mohanty – AD, Sightsavers, Ms. Sampa Paul -SPL WB Sightsavers other staff members.
  • MOU Signed with WBSRLM for SHG inclusion and credit linkage.
  • Detailed Document of Market analysis have been prepared.
  • 200 PWDs have been mobilised for Social Security services and 120 Pwds have been facilitated with Hand Holding support for Social Security Services.
  • Training on Leadership development and Vision Building for OPD members was organised at OM Dayal Institute for consecutive 2 days 22nd and 23rd July 2022. 32 PWDs were trained.
  • Creation of 60 Individual Livelihood profile of PWDs and 18 volunteers were identified and oriented for detailed data collection.

Inclusive Education

Bihar

  • Cross Disability Module Preparation– 2 days training was organized for the capacity building of RT/RP/BRP for preparation of module in the context of cross disability in inclusive setup. National level resource persons facilitated the module preparation for children with disability.
  • Review of IE Programme of Jehanabad by BEPC officials– The activities and deliverables were found satisfactory and in coherence with the objectives of the programme.

Chhattisgarh

  • Sightsavers signed MOU with SCERT for inclusive education work for three-years. Mr. Rajesh Singh Rana (IAS), Director, SCERT signed the MOU document. Sightsavers Area Director North, Ms Archana Bhambal was presented during the signing ceremony.
  • Oracle Supported Inclusive Education Program was launched in District Balodabazar-Bhatapara in an event organized at District BRC Hall, Balodabazar on 23rd September. DEO, DMC, BRPs, and other education officers were presented during the launch event.
  • Mobile and Daisy player training for CVIs organized at Mahasamund district from 23rd to 26th September. 20 CVIs were provided with mobile phones and daisy players. District Education Officer graced the closing ceremony, she appreciated the Sightsavers IE project work in the district and assured education department support for future activities.
  • The physical verification work of 309 CVIs students in district Balodabazar-Bhatapara is in progress.

Jharkhand

  • A workshop on Roll Out Strategies of Inclusive Education was organised in August at Hazaribagh district, whereas official from district education team, NGO and stakeholders from community participated and discussed the roadmap of inclusive education programme in the district.
  • A District level Panchayati Raj Institution Members (PRIs) workshop was organised in association with Jharkhand Education Project Hazaribagh district where 250 Mukhiyas from different Panchayats participated. Sightsavers team lead by Sr. Programme Officer Jharkhand showcased the model of Inclusive Education.

Madhya Pradesh

  • Bajaj Supported Inclusive Education programme launched in Raisen district to be implemented by AARAMBH. Inaugurated by Collector & District Magistrate in the presence of various Government depts in the district
  • Sightsavers jointly with State Education Department developed 208 MRCs and general teachers from all districts of MP as Braille Master Trainers. They will in turn train 10000+ teachers. Sightsavers provided technical support in developing the braille module. Director, Rajya Shiksha Kendra, MP was very appreciative of the programme and he himself tried to learn Braille. He instructed that all staff in RSK should learn Braille and requested to organise a state level Braille training.
  • 34 Children with visual impairment were individually visited by the IE team at their homes to review their utilisation of ICT devices & address their challenges. They were all reoriented-on use of Daisy player, Braille kit & smart phone. Along with them, 26 Animators, 10 teachers & 46 parents were sensitized towards supporting children during their studies & device utilisation.

Odisha

  • Oracle Project Launching at Kalahandi: Sightsavers, in collaboration with Oracle India, in partnership with OSEPA (Odisha School Education Programme Authority) has launched the Inclusive Education programme in Kalahandi District, Odisha on 30th August 2022. Total 45 persons participated in the programme including Mr. Temlan Dubey, Additional District Education Officer (the Chief Guest).
  • SMC Meeting/ Parents counselling: One day programmes on SMC Meeting/ Parents counselling were organized on 7th, 9th and12th Sept in Ganjam project. Total 140 participants participated in the programme including parents of CVIs and SMC members. The objectives of the programme were to sensitise participants on Inclusive Education, to increase motivation among parents to support education of children with visual impairment and to orient SMC members to closely observe and take attention in the matter of CVIs in their respective schools.

Rajasthan

  • Two new districts Alwar and Pratapgarh added in Inclusive Education MoU with Rajasthan Council of School Education, Rajasthan and Sightsavers till the end of December 2023.
  • Sightsavers was represented in the model BRC development and finalization of the equipment.
  • Sightsavers participated in the meeting organized by GoR for development of the accessible training materials. We shared all the modules and materials developed by Sightsavers for adoption by government of Rajasthan.
  • Successful demonstration and advocacy with government of Rajasthan facilitated budgetary provisions for INR 200,000 for each BRC across 33 districts in Rajasthan and INR 1,00,00,000 (INR 10 million) provisioned for Model Resource Room at Jaipur and Udaipur.

Uttar Pradesh

  • State level meeting was held with Director General Education, Education Minister, and NGO partners. In this meeting a presentation was done by State lead on Sightsavers vision, its Inclusive Education programme, goals & objective and share updates on IE project performance. During the meeting following updates were shared with the Minister
    • Low vision assessment in district Kasganj to identify children with low vision conducted for the first time in UP. Identified children were provided with low vision devices.
    • Resource room functionalised and is now being accessed by CVI. Earlier this activity was not included as part of govt budget.
    • Sugamya Pustakalaya being utilised by CVIs. The reading material/books of class I – VIII has been converted in soft copies and uploaded on the Sugamgya for students.
  • Oracle supported inclusive education programme of Sightsavers India launched in Sitapur. The programme was attended by Akshat Verma (IAS), Coveted officer, Dr Madhu (CMO, Sitapur), Ajit Kumar (Basic Education Officer), District disability welfare officer, teachers & special educators, and Mr Pramod Tripathi, SPL UP. Sightsavers India CEO Mr R.N Mohanty attended the programme virtually along with Area Programme team. DAISY players and Braille kits were distributed among the children. State consultant Nirmal Verma demonstrated the modern assistive devices technology & use of the gadgets and the braille kits in educating to the visual impairment.
  • 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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