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.
- Facilitate improved quality of life and development participation for the poor by providing primary eye care and treating blindness caused by cataracts
- Strengthen Symbiosis’ grassroots development work by building trust through demonstrating practical care and concern
- Screening of patients: Symbiosis will conduct vision screening for around 200 people and will provide low cost eye care treatment as required
- Identifying cataract patients: Symbiosis will determine the 20 most needy patients from those identified as being blind due to bilateral cataracts
- 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
- 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.