Inauguration of the Renovated Eye Hospital in Kamakhyanagar

September 2018

The renovated eye unit in Kamakhyanagar Sub-Divisional Hospital (SDH), Dhenkanal, strengthened by Sightsavers, was inaugurated by the Chief District Medical Officer Shri Basudev Behera on 20th September 2018.

Sightsavers India East Director- Mr Sudipta Mohanty, Shri Akbar Mehfuz Alam- State Programme Manager at Sightsavers India, Eye Surgeon of the SDH – Shri Acharya were also present along with other district level officials.

In the last five years, the 10-bedded eye hospital had stopped conducting surgeries. The last surgery conducted in the hospital was in June 2013. As a result, many people from the sub divisional area were facing difficulties to get their eyes operated upon. In 2017, Sightsavers had signed an MoU with the Department of Health & Family Welfare to strengthen blindness control efforts in fifteen districts of the state. Dhenkanal being one of those fifteen districts, Sightsavers has fully strengthened the eye hospital by supplying all necessary modern surgical equipment. It has made infrastructural modifications in the Operation Theatre and patient wards in order to make the eye hospital functional again.

More than 5 lakh of population from the region are expected to benefit from the strengthening of the eye hospital. This initiative will complement the blindness control efforts undertaken by the State Ophthalmic Cell.

Speaking on the occasion, the Shri Basudev Behera appreciated the initiative taken by Sightsavers to strengthen the district blindness control programme.

Read more about our work

What we do
A man handing laptop to a boy with dark glasses on.

Children with Disabilities get a Resource Centre to Learn

A Model Resource Centre for Children with Disabilities provided seven children with disabilities with a laptop and a mobile phone each.

January 2019
Three men stand on stage, accepting an award from another man.

Sightsavers India bags the prestigious ICC Social Impact award felicitated by Indian Chamber of Commerce

There were 45 shortlisted projects in the prominent ICC Social Impact Award and Sightsavers India came out victorious in the Health Domain category.

January 2019
People stand in front of a sign that says: European Day of Persons with Disabilities.

DPO Members supported by Sightsavers India take part in ‘European Disability and Development Week’ in Brussels

The visit was a part of the project ‘Building Partnerships for Sustainable Development Goals- Empowering Disabled People’s Organisations'.

December 2018