LVPEI is part of the first Global Research Program on Vision and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in collaboration with the Queen’s University of Belfast and 30 other partners from the USA, UK, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, and India to explore the global impact of vision care to achieve SDGs in low- and middle-income countries.
Booklet released: South-East Asia on Eye Health – Systems, Practices and Challenges - edited by Dr Taraprasad Das and Dr Patanjali Dev Nayar, Regional Advisor, Disability, Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation, World Health Organization (WHO).
Rohit C Khanna was a member of the Technical Advisory Group for developing ‘Packages of Eye Care Interventions’ for WHO and Dr Shrikant Bharadwaj and Dr Srinivas Marmamula were members of different working groups within WHO.
Dr Rohit C Khanna was involved with International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness to develop strategies for the provision of Universal Eye Care and Integrated People-centred Eye Care.
Awareness campaigns, talks and screening programs were organized to mark important events such as ‘Word Sight Day’, ‘Glaucoma Awareness Week’, ‘World Diabetes Day’, ‘International Retinoblastoma Awareness Week’, ‘Myopia Awareness Week’, ‘Children’s Eye Care Week’, etc.
Empowering and encouraging women to access health care facilities, especially in the rural communities, is a critical step toward tackling avoidable vision loss
The theme for International Women’s Day was ‘Gender Equal World” - a world that is inclusive and equitable, especially while accessing health care services. 55% of those with vision impairment are women, and one of the key reasons for this disproportionate prevalence is lower access to eye health facilities. LVPEI’s vision centres on regular basis are organizing programs to motivate and encourage women to access eye care facilities and increase referrals by involving community health workers (ASHA workers) and self-help groups.