Eye Care

Comprehensive Eye Care Project

SEWA Rural is proud of the fact that it has been able to satisfy primary and advanced eye care needs of rural population of thousands of villages of Bharuch, Nandod, Suratand Vadodara districts along with border areas of Maharashtra. An unique comprehensive eye programme which encompasses all components of eye care, prevention, promotion & rehabilitation was born out of the need of community. Under this programme Jhagadia & Valia blocks were made cataract free in past as per WHO guidelines. The programmes include state of the art treatment of eye diseases by advanced equipments in hospital as well as in Netra Raksha Kendra for the tertiary eye care. Arrangements have been made for operations by microsurgery like Keratoplasty and intraocular lense placement for cataract. Spectacles are made available in the hospital campus as well as camps through optical shop at low cost.

Netra Raksha Kendra: This is a state of art clinic for diseases of retina, Glaucoma, Cornea and oculoplasty.

Operating rooms: The hospital has modern operating rooms with equipments such as operating microscopes, Diode & Yag lasers, auto refractor, Phaco-emulsification & automated perimeter.

Diagnostic eye camps: Camps are organised once week in interior villages of Bharuch,Narmada, Surat & Vadodara districts. As a result people get treatment & spectacles near their homes. Patients with cataract are identified and brought to the hospital at Jhagadia to get operated.

1986 to 201-15

Total OPD

9,97,242

Hospital 4,62,107
Camps

4,66,934

Satellite Centres

68,201

No. of Diagnostic Camps

2,925

Operations

1,12,495

IOL Implants

75,922

Keratoplasty

286

Laser Capsulotomy

4,809

Training programmes for ophthalmic assistants: Trainings are organised for organizations from Gujarat & beyond so far total 192 paramedical workers coming from various voluntary organizations fromGujaratand beyond have availed necessary training.

Comprehensive Blind rehabilitation Programme: Aged blinds were given training for social mobility and youth were trained for economic rehabilitation in different vocations like petty shop, animal husbandry and benefit of Govt. schemes like certificate of blindness, free bus pass, pension scheme etc. More than 190 clients have been rehabilitated economically. Many of them have been provided with interest free loans by SEWA Rural. Total incurable blinds have been benefited following their identification under the project. Similarly, blind children are being educated in their village schools or in special schools with the help of 2 Braille teachers under integrated education programme. The unique experiment of adding primary Eye care to traditional CBR was done for first time in the country. This includes school screening, Identification of cataract cases, distribution of vitamin A, capsules, vaccination, health education & primary treatment.

More than one million population belonging to Jhagadia, Valia, Dediapada Sagbara, Nandod Ankleshwar  and Hansot blocks are covered in this project. Financial assistance from Sight Savers International & Govt. ofIndiais available for this programme

1997 – 2014

Incurable blinds

822

Rehabilitated

710

Blindness certi. issued

650

S.T.Passissued

514

Sant. Surdas Yojana

216

Economic rehabilitation
[Loan from Sewa Rural]

58

Sent for agricultural training

06

No. of children for education

66

Advocacy: SEWA Rural is a member if the Vision 2020 right to sight India Programme which is an advocacy group to provide impetus to the goal of National Programme for control of blindness. We have prepared a manual & a video DVD in English & Gujarat on “Operation theatre Protocol “based on our protocol & scientific literature search on the subject. It is turning out to be very useful for fractional implementation particularly in view of obscene of such guideline being available in the Rajasthan, U.P., M.P., Bihar, Chhatisgarh, Jarkhand andWest Bengal. Please click here to access the manual.

In the year 2008 SEWA Rural received the award for outstanding work in the field of community ophthalmology from community Ophthalmology Society of India Which is on initiative ofDelhibased Venu Eye Institute & Research Centre.

Many philanthropic trusts, well wishers & local community organizations provide necessary financial assistance beside state Government grant  Bharuch District Blindness Control Society. As a result about 75% patients get free treatment.

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