Children
 India
Project #21601

The VIIO Child Eye Care Project

by Vittala International Institute of Ophthalmology
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Summary

Childhood blindness has multiple causes and these causes vary in different age groups. We understand that a single wide-net screening strategy is not suitable for all diseases in differing age groups. We plan to have community health worker, teacher led, technician led and doctor led screening and diagnosis systems, based on specific conditions with full cycle treatment delivery to ensure that no child will go blind.
$65,000.00
total goal
$62,738.00
remaining
12
donors
0
monthly donors
1
year active

Challenge

Indian estimates for actual visual impairment numbers vary from 14.8% for all school going children to a national estimate of 680,000 blind children of which nearly 275,00 are having refractive errors. Post screening delivery of care including surgical and rehabilitation care suffers from dropout rates due to lack of information, education, and follow up systems. Paying for surgical interventions and repeated follow ups is also a barrier. A comprehensive screen-treat-rehab system is needed.

Solution

The project will be implemented in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. This area is selected as we already implement multiple vision screening and treatment programs across 17 districts of the state. A multipronged screen- diagnose-treat or rehabilitate strategy will be implemented to address the following age groups Age <1 and premature, 1-3,3-6 ,6-16, with specific screening, treatment and follow up for each. The aim will be to ensure that no child will go blind for lack of care.

Long-Term Impact

Nearly 75,000 children will be screened across the project areas, more than a thousand of them will receive treatment and care. Rehabilitation will be offered where medical interventions are not suitable. Sufficient personnel will be trained through an unique community based and community owned initiative that will have a lasting impact beyond the project years.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.viio.org
A video about our out reach work

Organization Information

Vittala International Institute of Ophthalmology

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka - India
Website: http:/​/​www.viio.org
Project Leader:
Krishna Murthy
Medical Director
Bangalore, Karnataka India
$2,262 raised of $65,000 goal
 
41 donations
$62,738 to go
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