The Campaign is Sight Savers International’s initiative under the “seeing is believing” project of Standard Chartered Bank. KBHB Hospital is a partner who will be actively involved in the campaign for next 5 years. The campaign will have two fold strategy, one is to examine and treat 0.8 million for primarily for refractive errors and second is to create awareness in 8 different slum pockets about curable blindness. Fully Equipped Ophthalmic Mobile Van inaugurated in February 2011 at Trombay. The van is donated by The Christian Building Trust under MEC. This will be used for the special focused groups like taxi and auto drivers, dabbawala group, shoe polishers, coolies, work place screening programs for the daily wage workers and office bearers to provide them quality eye care services.
All the 8 vision Centers are sustainable. Out of 8 vision centers 6 vision centers are fully equipped like Autorefractometer, Computerized Tonometer, Slit lamp and other required diagnostic equipments. In the last phase of the project more focus was given on fully equipped and comfortable place of vision center. During the year 6 vision centers are fully furnished with ACs in some centers as well as tables, chairs, patients waiting area. Different types of IEC material displayed in the center.
This programme has been designed for a period of two years, with a goal of contributing in reduction of avoidable blindness among low income population in Mumbai. The aim of this programme is to strengthen the Vision Centers established under the Sightsavers’ supported Mumbai Eye Care Campaign (MECC) 2009 - 2014. Under this programme, focus will be laid on creating awareness on eye care and various eye conditions in eight slum pockets of Mumbai along with providing services for Refractive Errors (RE) and referral services for cataract and other eye conditions. Same kind of services will be providing to the patients as per the MECC project. The total target for screening for two years are 1, 34,400 while that for refraction is 19,200 and for dispensing spectacles is 9,216.
Approach and activities under the program
- Awareness generation
- Training of Community Health Workers (CHWs) and developing Volunteers
- Provision of Service through Vision Centre
- Referral for Secondary and tertiary services
Services provided through Vision Centers