Tag: SiB–Advocacy

Importance of Training County Hospital Personnel

Raising awareness of the importance of training county hospital eye care personnel September 8-9, 2016, during the 5th Global Chinese Ophthalmic Conference & the 21st Congress Ophthalmological Society in Suzhou, a symposium in terms of county hospital eye care service personnel training which based on this project was hold by NCPB in the Prevention Blindness…

Lobbying District Councils for Eye Health Services

Lobbying district councils to increasing funds foreye health services During an advocacy session on 14 December 2016 in Iramba, it was observed that eye care health service delivery was not considered a priority amongst other health needs such as malaria, HIV, Maternal, newborn and child health. The reason was that most of the district leaders…

HKI and DR

Diabetic retinopathy will contribute greatly to the burden of blindness in Indonesia unless steps are taken to screen the millions of Indonesians with diabetes routinely, and provide treatment to those identified with diabetic retinopathy.  With funds from Standard Chartered Bank through its Seeing is Believing Programme, Helen Keller International (HKI) has helped to establish diabetic…

Livingstone Urban Eye Care Programme

Sightsavers eye care project in Zambia, supported by Seeing is Believing, began in July 2009 to offer comprehensive eye care services in six districts of Lusaka and the Southern provinces. The project has developed a strong working relationship with the Government which will help to sustain the gains of the project going forward. In its…

Sightsavers Nigeria Eye Care Programme

Zamfara State has an estimated 320,000 persons who are blind and a traditional cataract extraction practice, known as couching, is prevalent. The State faced a severe shortage of trained eye health workers, including Ophthalmologists, and infrastructure dedicated to eye care services was weak or non-existent. Sightsavers advocated to the government to employ Ophthalmologists and as…

Sightsavers Pakistan Urban Paediatric Eye Care Programme

Sightsavers has been working in collaboration with Standard Chartered Bank, under its “Seeing is Believing” initiative, to combat childhood blindness in Pakistan. Since 2009, the Pakistan Urban Paediatric Eye Care Programme has been working in collaboration with partners to screen 1.7 million school children for refractive error (RE) and to provide much needed eye health…

Networking / working with Government: BHVI Nigeria

Standard Chartered Banks’s Seeing is Believing project in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is an example of how a cooperative partnership between multiple stakeholders can result in successful and sustainable eye health services for communities desperately in need. As a comprehensive eye care project which strives to deliver effective, safe, high quality interventions (including prevention,…

Networking / working with Government: BHVI Sri Lanka

The link between poor vision and poverty is unfortunately all too apparent in Sri Lankan communities. Poor vision drastically reduces an individual’s education and employment opportunities. For many local people, having access to readily available eye care and spectacles has helped them maintain their employment and unlocked several education and income generation opportunities for them.…

Networking / working with Government: PBU Jordan

Despite the usual differences in the approaches and models of work between NGOs and governmental institutes, Prevention of Blindness Union has managed to create an exemplary partnership with the Jordanian Ministry of Health. It was clear that the Ministry of Health has acknowledged the Union as an active agent of change in the Jordanian society,…

Networking / working with Government: Orbis Zambia

ORBIS Africa’s commitment to reduce avoidable blindness in the North-Western Province (NWP) of Zambia is largely being achieved through effective collaboration with key stakeholders. The Memoranda of Understanding that ORBIS Africa signed with our primary partner in the province, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of the NWP and Vision Aid Overseas formalised a robust partner…

Sightsavers Pakistan: Advocacy

Refractive Error is one of the leading causes of visual impairment in Pakistan. The situational analysis of Refractive Services in Pakistan, which was conducted in 2006 by the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Sightsavers, revealed that for Pakistan’s population of 156 million, there are approximately 2.7 million children in need of refractive correction. IAPB has…

Patient Friendly Policies Are A Must

We have joined the “Seeing is Believing” since Dec, 2011. With the support from the project, our ophthalmic section is on a promising track of rapid development. On the other hand, with successful extensive community screening, and better cataract surgeons, we were expecting a substantial increase in cataract surgery volume. However, from the data from…

Child Eye Health – Networking with Government

It is crucial to establish network with relevant governmental sectors in the project on child eye health. The goal of this project is to improve quality of life of children and learning opportunities. Apart from improving clinical service in hospital, the strategies to achieve the goal included establishing school- and village/community- based screening and referral…

Phase V projects in Mongolia

SiB phase V project was started in Inner Mongolia in 2014. Chaoju Eye Hospital Group is one of the major partners in this project focusing on the new initiative to explore an effective community-based approach for Diabetic Retinopathy prevention. The Chinese government established the basic public health services project includes build health record for each…

HKI: Influencing Policy

HKI involved the Prevention of Blindness Program (PBL) throughout the training needs assessment process at central and township level. This was an important step because an assessment can often be viewed as being critical or negative. By involving PBL, they were able to see and understand for themselves that there are gaps in knowledge and…