Symbiosis International (Bangladesh)

Village Vision 2020
The Village Vision 2020 project will be conducted as part of the Symbiosis Primary Eye Care Service (SPECS) project, the aim of which is: Supporting sustainable development by reducing low vision and blindness with a focus on primary eye care, eye health education and training of skilled eye care personnel.

UCF is proud to report this is the fifth year Symbiosis have successfully applied for a small grant to support their provision of eye care,  specifically eye cataract surgery, in Bangladesh.

Project Objectives:

  1. Facilitate improved quality of life and development participation for the poor by providing primary eye care and treating blindness caused by cataracts
  2. Strengthen Symbiosis’ grassroots development work by building trust through demonstrating practical care and concern

Project Outcomes:

  1. Screening of patients: Symbiosis will conduct vision screening for around 200 people and will provide low cost eye care treatment as required
  2. Identifying cataract patients: Symbiosis will determine the 20 most needy patients from those identified as being blind due to bilateral cataracts
  3. Surgery provision: Symbiosis will arrange transport to and from Mymensingh and cataract surgery (utilising intra-ocular lenses) for 20 patients through the BNSB eye hospital
  4. Post-operative care and assistance: Symbiosis will provide post-operative care to the 20 patients to reduce the risk of complications

Note: In last year’s Village Vision project, an additional 9 patients were found to be blind due to cataracts (over and above the 20 anticipated). Due to Symbiosis’ good relationship with the BNSB, the eye hospital agreed to provide surgery and cover the costs of the additional patients from its own budget.

Village Vision 2020 will be completed (including post-project report and photos) by 30 June 2020. The total cost to restore sight is effectively less than $100 per person (as the project budget also includes screening of 200 patients etc).

The directors of UCF  were pleased once again to contribute a grant of $2,000 to the Village Vision project for 2020 and congratulate Symbiosis International on the continuation of this important programme.

 

 

Motivation Australia

Diabetic Foot Wounds Treatment – Honiara, Solomon Islands
Motivation Australia (MA) is a not for profit, disability and development organisation working with local organisations in the Pacific Region, to enable people to be healthy, access assistive technology (such as wheelchairs, prosthetics, vision and hearing aids), and achieve full and equal inclusion.

UCF previously awarded a grant to Motivation Australia to improve children’s wheelchair services in Fiji in March 2018.

The Abbeyfield Society Marion Inc

Health & Wellbeing Project – Sports Equipment
Originally established in 1990 Abbeyfield Marion provided supported independent living for 10 elderly persons who could no longer afford to rent in South Australia. The elderly residents moved out in 2009 and a disability house was established to accommodate young adults with mild intellectual disabilities.

Abbeyfield Marion is part of Abbeyfield Australia who are the peak national body representing and supporting 22 local Abbeyfield societies. An Abbeyfield House is a group house in which residents live independently within a shared supportive environment. An Abbeyfield House is a large house but it is not an institution or a facility. It is just an ordinary house in an ordinary street. The residents ‘come and go’ as they please, socialise with other residents as much as desired.

Tuberous Sclerosis Australia

“In Safe Hands” – Toolkit for Teachers
Tuberous Sclerosis Australia (TSA) is a non-profit organisation that exists to support people living with the rare genetic disease known as Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC). TSA has an almost 40-year history of helping children and families affected by this devastating disease.

TSC causes tumors to grow on a young person’s brain and heart, and then later in life in their lungs, skin and kidneys. TSC frequently causes difficult to control epilepsy, intellectual disabilities, autism and a range of neuro-psychiatric disorders (including depression, anxiety and challenging behaviours). Every week in Australia one baby is born with TSC – there is currently no cure.

Create Impact NGO

Bilballa High School  (Ethiopia) – menstrual hygiene management (MHM) supplies and education

Create Impact was founded by two Australians in 2010 to address the poverty levels and lack of access to primary and secondary education in a remote region of central Ethiopia. Rural Ethiopia is considered one of the poorest regions of the world, with 9 out of 10 children living in extreme poverty and half of all children still not in school.

Create Impact’s work on-the-ground is carried out exclusively by local Ethiopian people. The Project Manager in Ethiopia works with communities, woreda leaders and government to identify communities with little or no access to education, clean water and/or health care.

Australian Dental Outreach Foundation Inc

Grow up Smiling – “GuS” – programme materials
The Australian Dental Outreach Foundation Inc (ADOFI) provides mobile dental treatment and related services across metropolitan, regional and remote Australia and partners with facilities, including schools, to provide care to those in greatest need. It is an entirely voluntary orgnisation.

The Foundation strives to provide oral care to the most needy members of the community across Australia, who suffer the greatest burden of disease – often with the poorest access to dental care. Such patients include children, the disabled and seriously ill.

Children First Foundation

Rehab Through Play Project
Children First Foundation (CFF) is a Melbourne based not-for-profit charity founded in 1999. They facilitate life-changing – sometimes life-saving – surgery in Australia for children from developing countries. The children they support are unable to access the medical procedures, resources and care that they require as these complex and often multiple surgical procedures are not available in the children’s own countries.

CFF work in collaboration with extraordinary surgeons, medical doctors, health professionals and hospitals who often provide this first-class treatment and allied health therapy, on a pro bono basis and to date have supported over 350 children from more than 30 different countries.

Bright Futures (Northern Uganda)

Lukodi Health Centre – Solar Fridge / Freezer for Vaccines
Bright Futures works in partnership with established agencies primarily in Uganda, Kenya, India and Pakistan to provide vital education, health and development programs that address the causes of poverty and offer the prospect of a better life.

In January 2016, Bright Futures, in partnership with Bishop Onono Onweng Foundation, established the Lukodi Health Centre in the village of Lukodi in Northern Uganda. The health centre was a much-needed facility for local villagers in the Lukodi area

Barrier Breakers Inc.

Art as Therapy
Barrier Breakers will develop two, Art as Therapy programmes in Sale Victoria. One programme will be for the general community and one for the indigenous community, which will concentrate specifically on indigenous art forms. In both cases, the programmes will be open to people who have a mental illness and to their families and carers.