Dec 23, 2019

A New Beginning For The Rural Community

Beneficiary lighting a new beginning......
Beneficiary lighting a new beginning......

In a developing country like India, the ophthalmologist-patient ratio is at a dismal 1:10,000. Add to this, 70 % of the population in India continues to live in rural areas and 70% of the eye care professionals live in urban areas; thus eye care delivery to the doorstep of the rural areas remains a challenge to the medical fraternity. Mobile eye screening camp, therefore, holds great potential to improve the access, and affordability in eye care for patients, it can reduce the need for travel and provide the access to a eye checkup at their doorstep.

Comprehensive eye examination in rural areas, where the patients undergo screening and the surgery is completely free of cost for the patient at the partnering hospital at Tumkur. Free surgery, post operative care, boarding and spectacles for cases that require surgery are provided. The spectacles are also given at the base camp (Rural Campus of The Project Vision).

Taking eye care services to the doorstep of the underprivileged in rural Karnataka, a tempo traveller ambulance with all the eye screening facilities visits the rural areas where patients are screened thoroughly by a optometrist for various eye disorders, including cataract, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. A glass-dispensing unit ensures that those in need of spectacles are provided one at the campsite at a very nominal cost. Based on their diagnosis, the patients are brought to Tumkur for further treatment, which is provided free of cost.

The Rural Eye care Camp was inaugurated on the 18th of October 2019 at Arasapura. Mrs.Hanumakka, panchayath president, inaugurated the camp. Other members of the panchayath along with the Assistant Director Fr Mario of The Project vision, National coordinator Sibu George and staff took part.

Since the inauguration, totally 21 villages have been covered in 4 grama panchayath, around 1500 persons have been screened and 45 patience have undergone cataract operation. About 150 spectacles have been distributed at a nominal cost.

The Partnering hospital is Netradeep Eye Hospital, conducting free operation under Globe Eye foundation.  Dr latha and Dr Reddy conduct this operation. 

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the camps are conducted at the villages and patient posted for operation is taken to the hospital and operated along with admission and follow-up treatment on the following day i.e. Thursday and Friday. Saturday the eye screening is done at the campus for the people who missed out the camp visit at their village.

This has become the routine schedule of the Rural Campus activity.

Your valuable contribution has helped us in maintaining such activities. 

"LET EVERYONE SEE"

Fr Mario lighting the lamp
Fr Mario lighting the lamp
Introduction of the camp
Introduction of the camp
Ray of light.....
Ray of light.....
Hopes for a new vision.....
Hopes for a new vision.....
Awaiting a possibility of clear vision...
Awaiting a possibility of clear vision...
Camp awareness to the villagers....
Camp awareness to the villagers....
Villagers awaiting the camp.....
Villagers awaiting the camp.....
Cataract benificaries after the surgery.....
Cataract benificaries after the surgery.....
Follow-up and discharge of the surgery patients...
Follow-up and discharge of the surgery patients...

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Oct 15, 2019

Prayers for having a shelter

The couple at their collasped house site.....
The couple at their collasped house site.....

Subaitha, a 43 year old women had the misfortune to be married to an interminable patient. She discovered about her husband’s condition only after her wedding. Yet, she did not disclose her situation to her family owing to their terrible financial status. Long before his marriage, Subaitha’s husband accidently fell from a tree and severely damaged his lower body. He lost the blood circulation ability to his lower half of his body. He doesn’t feel any sensations and his body turned numb below his waist. The couple have no children. Due to this tragic incident, he has no control over his urination. Right now he is assisted with a tube and a bag to pass urine. Following up to his tragedy, one day he injured his back due to fire accident and he was not even aware of it due to his inability to feel sensations. This wound has  had a deep impact and is yet to heal till date.

This unhealable wound requires dressing every day. The wound even if doesn’t heal, sometimes it gets worsen. Subaitha has been the only person in her husband’s life who cleans the wound every single day. The cost for them is around Rs 500/- per week. His walking ability has been affected quite drastically due to the presence of a wound on his lower hip. After medical enquiries, Doctors have suggested for an immediate operation, but are still unsure about a complete recovery. Subaitha, herself has got a weak heart condition and a tumour in her uterus. Due to this conditions, she is unable to work since three years. Daily life and expenses are hardly met, they are able to marginally survive due to the support and help of their neighbouring families. 

In 2018, during the tragic Kerala floods, their house was severely damaged. There was a temporary arrangement made to cover the roof with a flex sheet provided by the neighbours. Yet again in 2019, due to heavy rains, their entire house collapsed. They had to shift to a small cattle shed as a temporary home. The utmost need for a permanent shelter has become a dire necessity. Subaitha’s husband cannot live in a temporary shed without a toilet. Our team with a little help were able to build them a temporary toilet. Still their dream of living under a permanent roof and house can never be realised without others help and support. We plan to build a permanent house with the donations we get from global giving platform.

The cost of a 450 Sqft of house with toilet will cost us around USD 7000. The panchayat has not yet decided or planned to sanction a house for them in the near future. This is a very deserving case of flood-affected disaster recovery.

Lets give them a ray of hope towards sharing of Love to one another.

Let Everyone Live.

The couple in front of their shed...
The couple in front of their shed...
Temporary toilet during construction...
Temporary toilet during construction...

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Sep 27, 2019

"A report on Medical Camp at kasapura Village.

Program conducted by Government Homeopathy Hospital, Bangalore

 

The health checkup programme started at around 10:30am at health camp site in kasapura gate along with Dr. Joythimala, Lady Medical Officer, Dr. Shivaprakash, Assistant Professor in department of Anatomy, Dr. Amoghashree, Dr. Rashmi S and Dr. Krishnaveni 1st year postgraduates in community medicine, and members of project vision, along with the team from mahila Seva group.

General health checkup was done for people of kasapura. 446 people enrolled their names for camp for General Health checkup and  Free drugs were dispensed. Main complaints among the adult population were related to back pain and knee pain and were treated symptomatically.

All adults were screened for hypertension and follow up was done for the known hypertensives. Patients with altered findings and poor adherence to the old treatment were referred to higher centres for further need. Complaints regarding vision and other ophthalmic complaints were screened and treated by ophthalmologist. Students of Government School of class 1st to 4th also underwent General Health Checkup. Fr George and Fr Mario addressed the camp organiser regarding the need for rural healthcare and hygiene.

Dr. Joythimala, Lady medical officer, UHC gave talk to students of Government School. She gave talk to girls regarding menstruation and menstrual hygiene she gave talk to boys about general hygiene and substance abuse. Under the help of Mr. Venkatesh,  and Mrs Anthony the Community worker, went around the village informing about the health camp and brought them to the camp site along with members of project vision. The program was successfully conducted and the first service to the villagers were facilitated after the inauguration of the new campus.

 
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