Service Delivery

The main projects that GPR ICARE is currently engaged in are:

Completed Projects details - PDF document

The main aim of these projects is to develop good quality eye care services in the underserved areas of India, as well as in other parts of the developing world.

1. Providing Comprehensive Children’s Eye Care Services to a Million Population in Krishna District (Andhra Pradesh), India (supported by United States Agency for International Development - USAID)

The aim of this project is to:

  • Develop and evaluate a model of service delivery to identify children at risk of or with vision loss through community-based screening
  • Provide treatment to those with Visual Impairment (VI), Low Vision or Blindness
  • Increase awareness for children’s eye health and build capacity of all stakeholders

The outcome of this project will be - strengthening of the referral system to ensure effective service delivery. The project will cover the one million population in selected areas in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh (AP), India where LVPEI has its existing Vision Centres (VC) - connected to LVPEI’s Tertiary Eye Care Centres/Hospitals in that district. Prevention of vision loss through awareness campaigns and screening will be part of the project. Around 250,000 children will be provided with vision screening services.

USAID is the supporting agency and LVPEI is the implementing agency for this project.

Objectives of this project:

  • To enhance the screening capacity of Vision Centres and Tertiary Centres and to conduct eye screening for all the children in the service area
  • Facilitate necessary interventions for all children identified with eye problems including low vision and rehabilitation services at all levels of eye care
  • To create awareness among children, parents and teachers to improve the uptake and to integrate the children eye care services into the existing referral pathway of eye care service delivery.
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2. Children Eye Health initiative in the 30 primary eye care areas of L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) in the State of Telangana (supported by Lavelle Fund for the Blind Inc.)

The main aim of this project is to reduce childhood blindness in the service population by providing comprehensive eye care services to all the children aged less than 15 years in the State of Telangana.

With 30 primary eye care centres and three secondary care centres located in the State, this project will help in enhancing the capacity of these centres to strengthen the existing primary eye care services and to additionally provide focused eye care services to the children in this area. Implementation of the project involves a multi-pronged approach and includes (a) screening of all children less than 15 years (b) providing necessary eye care services to the identified children including low vision and rehabilitation (c) capacity building of the stakeholders and establishing a digital surveillance system (d) Ensuring service delivery through LVPEI’s pyramidal model. Supported by Lavelle Fund for the Blind Inc, the project started in October 2015.

The Main objectives are:

  1. To enhance the screening capacity of the 30 vision centres and 3 secondary centres in the service area and screen all the children
  2. Facilitate necessary interventions for all children identified with eye problems including low vision and rehabilitation services at secondary and tertiary centres
  3. Create awareness about eye health in children and to increase the uptake of eye care services among them

3. Disability Inclusive Community Eye Care Program (DICEC)

Supported by CBM Germany

The main aim of this project is to reduce childhood blindness in the service population by providing comprehensive eye care services to all the children aged less than 15 years in the State of Telangana.

This is a four year project initiated in July 2016. The project is implemented in the catchment area of the following two secondary centres of LVPEI –

  1. Naraindas & Morbai Budhrani Eye Centre, The Centre for Tribal Eye Health, Rayagada, Odisha
  2. Kuchakulla Ramachandra Reddy Eye Centre, Mahabubnagar District in Telangana State

The objectives of the programme are:-

  • Promote a positive attitude by creating awareness and dispelling possible myths about causes of impairments
  • Provide opportunities for participation in all avenues of life
  • Formation of committees aimed at strengthening and maintaining disability inclusion across the program
  • Ensure access to information on the needs of people who have vision, hearing or intellectual impairments
  • Provide Community Based Rehabilitation by formation of organizations for disabled people and mainstreaming them for livelihood opportunities

4. Project Drushti – Rayagada Child Sight Program

This is a comprehensive children eye health initiative aimed at vision screening of all school going children in the rural and urban locations of Rayagada District, Odisha State. This is being implemented by LVPEI in partnership with State Govt. Board of Education and District Blindness Control Society. The project is initiated in July 2016 and will continue for an year.

The aim of this initiative is to detect all ocular ailments including significant refractive errors and provide appropriate treatment in the form of spectacle correction, medical treatment, surgery, therapy and sight enhancement.

The objective of this project is

  • To train teachers for screening and identification of eye problems
  • Refer children with poor vision and ocular ailments to advanced centres
  • To enable children adopt good eye health behaviour

5. Community Linked Initiative Project (CLIP)

Community Linked Integrated Project (CLIP) is a Blindness Free Initiative in the catchment area of the vision centre service areas of LVPEI. This project is ongoing in

  • Kapileswarapuram, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh
  • Podalakur, Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh

The project is initiated in December, 2015 and will be ongoing for a duration of three years

This Project utilizes the local volunteers ‘The Vision Health Guardians’ who are the spear heads of the community eye care program at mandal (sub-district) level with a primary objective of Elimination of Avoidable Blindness.

CLIP Achievement at Jainath:

LVPEI-Gullapalli Pratibha Rao International Centre for Advancement of Rural Eye Care in collaboration with Operation EyeSight India, carried-out CLIP at Jainath Mandal (Sub-district) in Adilabad District, Telangana during 2011 to 2014.

With the aid of 23 Vision Health Guardians, the project covered a population of 44,800 through door to door survey.

  • 162 Community Screening programs were organsied
  • 5200 people were screened
  • 8916 children were screened through School Screening Programs
  • 2420 Pre Primary school children (anganwadi centres) were screened.
  • 5410 were provided referral services at Sheshanna Chennavar Eye Centre at Adilabad-Secondary Eye Care Centre.
  • 2470 persons were dispensed spectacles
  • 1233 persons underwent sight restoration surgeries
  • 30 persons with permanent visual impairment were rehabilitated through Community Based Rehabilitation Program.

Today, in Jainath Mandal, the awareness levels on eye health and care and services to persons with visual disabilities have substantially improved. The villagers, especially women have come forward to get their eyes examined and avail treatment from primary level to tertiary level. Moreover, the Village leaders, Primary health care workers, teachers and self-help group members and community groups are proactive for elimination of avoidable blindness.

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6. Sunetra – Hospital Based Community Eye Health Program (HBCEH)

Sunetra – Hospital Based Community Eye Health Project is a collaborative program by LVPEI and Operation EyeSight Universal (OEU).

This project is ongoing at

  • Dr.Kommareddy Raja Ram Mohan Rao Eye Centre, Gudavalli, Andhra Pradesh
  • Y Mahabaleswarappa Memorial Eye Centre, Bellary, Karnataka
  • Gullapalli Kotamma Vison Centre, Kankipadu, Krishna District.

The project is initiated in June, 2013.

The primary concept behind this project is, ‘to enable comprehensive eye care services accessible to underprivileged communities living in underserved locations’ and declare blindness free villages in the target geographical areas.

Particularly, ‘Sunetra’ reinforces maternal and child health activities that includes immunization, antenatal and postnatal care, hygiene and safety, nutrition and control of systemic diseases and occupational hazards.

7. Sight for Kids

Supported by Lions Clubs International Foundation and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies (JJVCC)

The main aim of this project is to enable access to eye care and eye health education to millions of children since 2005. The Project is active since the year 2005.

LVPEI provides technical support to 7 Sight for Kids partner eye care centres in Greater Hyderabad and monitors the progress of every component of the project that covers 1000 schools every year.

SFK is a school based program that mobilizes schoolteachers and volunteers to provide high quality vision screenings and referral access to professional eye care and treatment, including eyeglasses along with eye health education in the rural and underserved urban areas of Greater Hyderabad, Telangana State.

In this process, this project involves the Government Education Department, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan and Lions Clubs members and covers children in the age group 6 to 14 from all the schools managed by government education department, government aided schools and schools managed by non-governmental agencies.

Since its inception in 2005, following is the impact of the project,

  • No. of Schools covered: 1845
  • No. of Children Screened: 189,359
  • No. of school teachers trained: 1975
  • Children identified with eye problems: 7791
  • Children underwent detailed eye examination: 4775
  • No. of spectacles dispensed: 1412
  • No. of children referred: 876 children