Our COVID-19 Efforts

Operation Eyesight’s goal is to build resilient communities that have access to quality, integrated eye health care. We can’t do this without our local partner hospitals. And these hospitals urgently need our help. They need YOUR help.

For years, we have been working closely with local government and hospital partners help them map out a better future for their citizens who face avoidable blindness. With these strong partnerships in place, at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were well positioned to help our partners respond to the immediate challenges presented by the virus. Today, given the escalated situation in South Asia and around the world, we need to continue supporting our partner hospitals so together we can save sight, and save lives.

An urgent request from our partner in Kerala, India:

The government health system is experiencing tremendous pressure along with an acute shortage of beds, medicine and oxygen. We want to enhance our COVID-19 care facilities to meet this urgent need and we’ve increased the number of beds, but we need a supply of PPE, ventilators and oxygen to provide life-saving care and to protect our health care workers.”

– Mary Sebastian, Administrator, Little Flower Hospital

Please donate today to help save sight and save lives. Right now, we are focusing our COVID-19 response efforts in India, Nepal and Bangladesh where communities urgently need your help. Working with Little Flower Hospital and 10 more partner hospitals, our immediate response will focus on two areas:

Hospital Strengthening

  • Many of our partner hospitals have been converted to COVID-19 care facilities. Right now, they need support in the form of PPE, ventilators, medical oxygen and life-saving medicines.
  • We are also building their capacities for creating a safe care environment for both staff and patients by implementing comprehensive infection prevention and control measures.
  • Because of our past efforts to create community demand for the hospital’s services and ensure the delivery of quality care, people have trust in these hospitals. We want to maintain this trust by continuing to support our partner hospitals, so people know they have a safe place to receive COVID-19 care, and so our partners can return to delivering eye health care services once the situation has improved.

Awareness, Education & Empowerment

  • In addition to supporting communities by ensuring they have a safe place to receive care, we must continue to educate people about COVID-19 prevention and when/where to access healthcare services.
  • With large scale COVID-19 vaccination drives in place, there is also an immediate need for dispelling the myths and addressing concerns about the vaccine, and motivating people to get vaccinated.
  • Women and children have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, and our ongoing work to educate families about prenatal and postnatal health, nutrition and immunization will also be critical.

In addition to our immediate response in our South Asian countries of work, we continue to safely conduct our community eye health and outreach programs in a limited capacity in sub-Saharan Africa. We’re providing families with access to clean water, to help prevent the spread of diseases like COVID-19 and blinding trachoma.

Saving Sight and Lives – The Impact of Your Support

Looking Back: Our COVID-19 Efforts in 2020

When COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, Operation Eyesight acted quickly, working through our partnerships and our experience with community outreach to provide immediate aid in the regions where we work. With support from our donors, we were able to keep our partner hospitals from becoming overwhelmed, allowing them to continue to provide quality eye health care services. We brought clean water sources and infection education to thousands of families, not only preventing the spread of COVID-19, but expanding on our existing programs to bring clean water and hygiene education to communities where blinding trachoma is prevalent. Our donors were part of a movement to respond to a global emergency with compassion and care, and they also helped to move our sight-saving programs to the next level.

Through our 2020 COVID-19 efforts we: 

  • Trained 1,660 community health workers.
  • Distributed 20,556 hygiene kits (including items such as soap, bleach, an information brochure, masks and hand sanitizer).
  • Provided health education to 828,550 people
  • Rehabilitated 145 boreholes to bring clean water to communities that didn’t have it

For more detailed information on our 2020 COVID-19 response in the countries where we implemented it, click on the links below: