Health
 Pakistan
Project #4994

Save 50,000 Pakistani children from blindness

by KHYBER EYE FOUNDATION
Vetted

CURRENT PROGRESS OF THE PROJECT

JANUARY, 2015 TO MARCH, 2015

Children in all regions of the world are affected by a range of eye diseases and conditions, some of which can lead to permanent visual impairment in childhood, or later in life. Many of these conditions are preventable or treatable. Interventions are available for most of the causes of childhood blindness and much can be done through the primary health care program by strengthening the mother child health component to include early detention and referral of children with eye problems. There are many causes of visual impairment but uncorrected refractive errors (URE) is the leading cause of visual impairment accounting to 42% of visual impairment worldwide. URE is the second leading cause of Blindness accounting to around 13% of blindness globally. According to WHO, an estimated 153 million people suffer from uncorrected distance refractive errors out of which 8 million are blind and 145 million have significant distance visual impairment. An estimated 12 million children (age 5 to 15) are visually impaired due to refractive errors.

The school eye health program team of Khyber Eye foundation delicately working and visiting school of remote areas where eye health facilities specially for poor students are not available. The project team so far visited 55 schools and screened out 27282 students 895 teachers were trained to carry out vision testing of each and every students, out off 3252 students 1360 were diagnosed as refractive error and were issued glasses free of cost.

The story of a young boy who had refractive error and how his life changed after, he was issued glasses by the project team.

 

 

 PICTURE 

 

 

Naimaullah is a student of class 1 and lives in a small village of charsadda, and studying in GPS major kalay, primary school. Naimatullah belongs to a very poor family, as his father is a laborer and has meager source of income, and supporting and supporting his 6 family members. Naimatullah off and on complained to his teachers as well as to his father for his vision problem and was finding difficulties while reading / noting down notes from black board, but his father could not afford to take him to the Doctor. The project team of Khyber eye foundation visited his school and screened out Naimatullah with refractive error. Before refraction his vision was CF close to eye (both eyes), after refraction and issue of glasses his vision came to 6/18 both eyes.

Khyber eye foundation is planning to visit schools in far flung areas with a view to provide eye care facilities to unprivileged and poor students free of cost, and also request our donors to donate maximum so that maximum poor students are benefited as young children are the future of any nation.

Raised:                                     $ 2,253

Remaining:                                $ 47,247

after refraction
after refraction

CURRENT PROGRESS OF THE PROJECT

October 2014 TO December, 2014

Children can be affected by a range of eye diseases that can lead to visual impairment in childhood or in later years of life. Many of these disease are preventable or treatable. Uncorrected refractive error is the most common eye disease and a leading cause of visual impairment in children. According to surveys conducted, around 4.6% school children in Pakistan suffer from visual impairment due to refractive errors. Such a high prevalence calls for strategies such as school vision programs on a large scale. In addition availability of trained human resource to perform quality refraction and ensuring availability of affordable spectacles is required. A refractive error is a very common eye disorder. It occurs when the eye cannot clearly focus the images from the outside world. The result of refractive errors is blurred vision which is sometimes so severe that it causes visual impairment including blindness.

The project team of Khyber Eye Foundation now visiting small villages of district charsadda where no medical facilities are available, during the period the project team visited 48 primary and middle school and screened out 25262 students. 328 teachers were trained as to how the vision testing of the students be carried out. Out off 25262 students 985 students were diagnosed as refractive errors and were issued spectacles free of cost.

The story of a girl who had refractive error and her life changed after visiting by the project team to her school.  

Amina is a student of class 2nd and lives in a small village of charsadda and studying in government girls primary school Tarkha. Her father is a laborar and has a meager source of income and supporting 6 family members and has no other source of income. Amina used to complaint regarding her eye sight problem to her father, but her father could not afford to take her to doctor. The school eye health programme team visited on 12th November, 2014 to GGPS Tarkha and did screening of children and screened out Amina, when asked from her how she used to do her class work from green board, she replied that she used to sit close to green board and will do her work, before that she never visited any doctor for her eye checkup as her father could not afford it. Optometrist in a team carried out refraction, of Amina, before refraction her vision was 6/36 of both eyes, after refraction her vision came to 6/6 both eyes with -3.50 Ds both eyes, she was issued with glasses free of cost now she is a brilliant student of her class and easily read and write.   

Khyber Eye Foundation request our donors to continue to support our project and donate maximum so that poor school going students are benefited and can be issued with glasses / medicine free of cost and also get a opportunity to lead healthy life.  

  

Funding Information

 Raised                            $ 1,968                           

 

 

Remaining                      $ 47,532                  

CURRENT PROGRESS OF THE PROJECT

July 2014 TO September, 2014

 

 

The school vision screening program is based on the guidelines for school eye health for the eastern Mediterranean region (EMR) developed by the international agency for the prevention of blindness (EMR-IAPB) in collaboration with WHO and prevention of blindness union.  

 

The goal of the project is to improve quality of life and education capabilities by eliminating blindness and visual disability particularly due to uncorrected refractive errors in school children.

 

The project encompasses the following activities

  • Mapping location of primary and secondary schools
  • Making contact with relevant bodies and authorities in education and health
  • Identifying teachers to be trained
  • Training teacher in vision testing
  • Vision screening in schools by trained teachers
  • Refraction in schools by trained teachers
  • Refraction in schools of those who fail vision test
  • Referral of children whose vision cannot be improved to the local eye unit, with provision of low vision care ofor those who need it.
  • Providing free of cost spectacles that are high quality, affordable and comfortable
  • Health education / awareness raising among the children and teacher about eye health and activities to prevent or treat locally endemic diseases e.g. face washing and the importance of a clean environment
  • Ensuring quality control procedures are in place
  • Establishing effective management including information management systems
  • Monitoring and evaluating the program

 

Khyber Eye Foundation since its start of project was able to screening 42632 children in 96 government primary, middle and high schools. A staggering 1870 (4.4%) children were provided refractive error correction through providing free of cost spectacles. 463 teacher were trained in vision testing whereas 307 children were referred to KEF for further treatment. So far the affected students have been issued glasses / medicines worth of US $ 43250/-

 

 

 

The story of a boy who had refractive error and his life changed after visiting by the project team to his school.  

 

 Sohrab sir is a student of Class 3rd and lives in a small village of charsadda. He is studying is government primary school Shaheedan. His father is a labourar and has a meager source of income and supporting 8 family members. The school Eye health Team visited government primary school Shaheedan and found during screening that Soharab sir has weak eye sight. He was asked as to how he note down work from black board, he replied that he note down from his friend’s note book. He couldn’t get his eye sight checked as his father could not afford it. Project team optometrist carried out refraction and found that his vision was 6/60 in right eye and CF 2 in left eye. After issuance of glasses to him, his vision came to 6/18 both eyes. Now after issuance of glasses, he can read from the black board and leading a very healthy life.

 

Khyber Eye Foundation request our donors to continue to support our project and donate maximum so that poor school going students are benefited and can be issued with glasses / medicine free of cost and also get a opportunity to lead healthy life.  

 

Funding Information

 

Raised                            US $   1,958                   

 

Remaining                       US $   47,542          

Current progress of the project
Current progress of the project

CURRENT PROGRESS OF THE PROJECT

APRIL 2014 TO JUNE, 2014

 

 

School health programs have been administered in developed countries of the world since a long time.Realizing their importance, many developing countries have also taken initiatives to introduce national school health programs in their education system. Comprehensive school health programs for children include nutrition and growth, oral hygiene, de worming etc.

 

The link between good eye health and learning capabilities of children, their improved quality of life and brighter future is well established. Consequently ensuring good general and eye health in schools is as important as delivering them quality education. It is critical that eye health as part of the general school health programs is integrated into the public education system.

 

Children can be effected by arrange of eye diseases that can lead to visual impairment in childhood or in later years of life. Many of these diseases are preventable or treatable.

 

The project team of Khyber Eye Foundation this time started its project in Charsadda district. During the period, the team screened 19753 students for refractive errors and issue them medicine / glasses free of cost. So far the the affected students have been issued glasses / medicine worth of US $ 29340/-

   The story of a girl who had refractive error and his life changed after visiting by the project team to her school.  

 

Laiba is a student of class 4 and studying government primary school prang gari shehbaz khan Charsadda. The project team once visited her school and found that Laiba has a refractive error since long. When asked she replied that she has a vision problem since long and her father could not get her eye sight checked due to meager source of income. When asked from Laiba that how could she write her class work from black board, she replied that she use to write from her friend's copy. Optometrist of a team did refraction and found out that her vision was 6/60 in right eye and 6/36 in left eye. She was issued with glasses and now her vision is 6/6.

 

Khyber Eye Foundation request our donors to continue to support our project and donate maximum so that poor school going students are benefited and can be issued with glasses / medicine free of cost and also get a opportunity to lead healthy life.  

 

 

Funding Information

 

Raised                                                           $ 1,908

 

Remaining                                                    $ 47,592

Project Report
Project Report

                                                           Current progress of the Project

                                                           January, 2014 to March, 2014

Children are the most precious wealth of any nation. A country’s progress and development depends on the health and education of its children. Good health is essential for a child’s development. Without good health including eye health, children can be deprived of educational opportunities and bound to have an impaired quality of life. Health education in schools helps children to acquire improved knowledge, attitudes and practices required for leading healthy life. Children in turn once made aware of health issues, act as active agents of change in their families and communities. The importance of addressing child health in schools therefore cannot be ignored.

The Mobile School screening project team of Khyber Eye Foundation has been visiting various government’s school to find out refractive errors in students and issue them medicine / glasses free of cost so, that they should lead a healthy life and their bright future ahead. MSS team has so far issued spectacles and medicines to affected students worth of US $ 25194/-

 THE STORY OF A BOY IN HIS OWN WORDS WHO HAD A REFRACTIVE ERRORS AND HOW HIS LIFE CHANGED AFTER VISITING  THE MOBILE SCHOOL SCREENING PROJECT TEAM TO HIS SCHOOL

Mr. Raj wali was studying in class 7th, when Khyber Eye Foundation team visited his school, government high school Pishtakhara Pabbi District Nowshera. I could not read the writing on the Black Board since grade 6th and had to ask my desk mat what the teacher has written on the Black board. I was facing lot of problem while reading on the black board and the same complaint I made to my father, but he could not take me to the hospital due to poverty. One fine morning Khyber eye foundation eye screening team visited our school and check my eye sight, I was diagnosed with severe refractive error in both eyes, VA in right eye being 6/24 while in left eye being 6/60, like other students I was given free of cost glasses and now can see the writing on the black board perfectly. The project team paid a follow visit and met all those students including me who were given glasses a  year ago. With glasses now I can read what the teacher writes on the black board and am able to take notes on my copy. I am a better student than  before. I am in one of the 129289 children who were screened for eye health including refractive errors in Peshawar, Pakistan by Khyber Eye Foundation.

Khyber Eye Foundation request our donors to continue to support our project and donate maximum so that poor school going children are benefited and can be issued with glasses / medicines free of cost.

Funding Information

Raised                                    $ 1,855

Remaining                             $ 47,645

 

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KHYBER EYE FOUNDATION

Location: Peshawar City, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa - Pakistan
Website: http:/​/​www.kefpk.org
Project Leader:
Syed Khalid Mahmood
Peshawar, Pakistan

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