When COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, Operation Eyesight pivoted our day-to-day activities to provide urgently needed aid in the regions where we work. For years, we have been working closely with government and hospital partners and Ministries of Health to help them map out a better future for their citizens who face avoidable blindness. With these strong partnerships in place prior to the pandemic, we were well positioned to help support current efforts to address these urgent challenges to general health and well-being. It was our objective to support our partner hospitals to get them back to a state where they could facilitate better health outcomes for their citizens.
Thanks to the support of our generous donors, we were able to make great strides in helping the people we serve to protect their families and minimize the spread of the virus.
As part of our Phase 1 efforts, we focused our work on two main areas: Community Empowerment, and Clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. As a result, we were able to achieve the following:
One of the many ways our donors helped was through training community health workers to educate their communities on COVID-19, and distribute desperately needed safety supplies. Rupoda is a community health worker based in the Indian state of Assam, who traveled 10 kilometres a day on foot to ensure people received the education and supplies they needed. Read her story here.
As eye health activities have started to resume, we’re supporting our partner hospitals and vision centres to strengthen their infection prevention and control measures so that they are able to deliver quality eye care services in a safe environment, as far into the future as such measures are necessary.
We will continue to work with Ministries of Health to provide them with the solutions they need to incorporate integrated people-centred eye care into their health systems, as recommended by the WHO’s 2019 World Report on Vision.
For more detailed information on our COVID-19 response in the countries where we implemented it, click on the links below: