Fr. Jacob Poikathanickal (Sabu P.L) on behalf of Purvanchal Gramin Seva Samiti (PGSS)

 

 

 

Aim

To train teachers as childhood vision screeners in order to identify reduce refractive errors and vitamin A deficiencies in Eastern Uttar Pradesh, India

 

The project

Uttar Pradesh is India's largest state and also one of its poorest. With 29% of the population living below the poverty line, there is a distinct lack of nutritional resources which results in vitamin A deficiencies and visual impairment among many children. 

Currently there are a lack of school vision screening camps due to limited community outreach funding in the Gorakhpur and Basti Administrative divisions in Eastern Uttar Pradesh. Over the next three years, this project aims to serve 45,000 children in rural village schools by training 3,000 schoolteachers to conduct eye screenings, in order to identify and refer children with refractive errors, vitamin A deficiencies, amblyopia, strabismus, asthenopia, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.

Furthermore, the establishment of a community base of volunteers, schoolteachers, local governments, religious leaders and influential persons by Fatima hospital Gorakhpur to support the project and ensure a sustainable long-term impact.

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