Challenges faced are Ignorance of diabetes affect on eyes, non accessibility to specialised investigation and treatment.Many remote area patients being sole bread winners, cannot afford to forego daily wages, food ,travel expenses,etc to go to bigger cities for treatment. Special interventions- laser, OCTscan,FFA,IV injection, complex Retinal Surgery being very expensive, is a barrier for poor socioeconomic patients.Specialists limitations are expensive equipments and medicines.
Through our existing Advanced treatment mobile unit, screening, diagnosis, formulation of treatment plan will be at door step, without affecting their daily wages, travel, stay which otherwise would be an hindrance at bigger cities for tertiary treatment. Specialized intervention-laser, OCTscan, FFA, intra vitreal injection and complex retinal surgery will be available at affordable cost. Specialist's limitations too will be resolved. Electronic medical record will track and flag patients.
The programme enables poor patients for a multidisciplinary approach to diabetes. Subsidised/free treatment will stabilize their psychosocial and economic status. Local ophthalmologists will be trained, independent to continue the process on their own. The programme also builds capacity of PMOAs and technical staff. All patients data is centralised/ tracked/monitored, enabling to keep informed of their health, reducing the overall burden of diabetic retinopathy.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).