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 India and around the world, we need to continue supporting our partner hospitals so together we can save sight, and save lives.

Please donate today. Your generosity will enable us to:

  • Ensure our partner hospitals have the items they need to continue providing quality care in a safe environment. This includes items like PPE, hospital beds, ventilators and oxygen, hygiene kits, medicine, screening and monitoring devices, and other equipment.
  • Support our partner hospitals to build the capacity of healthcare providers, strengthen infection prevention and control measures, and build the morale of their staff who have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic.
  • Continue our community outreach activities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These activities include educating families how to prevent the spread of the virus and distributing hygiene kits including items such as soap, bleach, an information brochure, masks and hand sanitizer.
  • Drill and rehabilitate boreholes to ensure families have access to clean water. Clean water and good hygiene can help reduce the spread of diseases such as COVID-19 and blinding trachoma.
  • Provide transportation for pregnant women and children and those suffering from eye conditions.
  • Support vaccination drives and provide logistical support for the transport of vaccine supply.
  • Provide food packets to marginalized communities.

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: