OUR PROJECTS

Since 2007, Optometry Giving Sight has distributed funding to more than 117 projects in 39 countries.

Curently there are 47 projects being funded in 24 countries.

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CURRENT PROJECTS

Aim: to support the annual mentoring and outreach visits undertaken by ProVision Optometric Teams to promote the development and delivery of eye care in Timor Leste (East Timor). PVOT has been providing vision care in East Timor since 2006 in association with the Royal College of Surgeons and with support from Optometry Giving Sight. Over the years the focus has shifted from outreach programs to the establishment of 13 local eye clinics in Dili and remote communities such as Suai, Maliana, Bacau, Oecusse and Maubissi; and training of local Eye Care Nurses (ECN). Most of the everyday refractions are now done by local staff while the visiting optometrists mainly mentor or assist with clinical cases. More than 10,000 have received vision care and 2,000 have been given referrals.
Funding has been provided to screen the vision of 2,000 children from the government schools and orphanage in Chennai by a team of Optometrists from IVI. Free spectacles will be provided to those diagnosed with refractive errors. Approximately 140 children will need spectacles. Children diagnosed with other ocular problems will be referred for further management to the Regional Institute of Ophthalmology and Government Ophthalmic Hospital, Chennai.
Optometry Giving Sight is helping to fund Drissa Doubilay from Mali to undertake his Master’s degree qualification the Univeristy of Montreal in Canada so that he can then qualify as faculty for Institute Ophtalmologique d’Afrique (IOTA)’s optometry program.
The Judy Glover Memorial Scholarship project is being delivered by Northwest Optometry Services to mentor urban optometry students in the delivery and management of eye health issues affecting Indigenous people in remote areas of the Kimberley region in Western Australia.
Funding has been provided to support India Vision Institute to screen the vision of 22,190 underprivileged school children in 6 locations across India including Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Pune and New Delhi and provide free spectacles as needed between June 2017 and March 2018  as part of the CooperVision One Bright Vision project.
Funding has been provided to the Brien Holden Vision Institute to strengthen the human capacity of emerging nations (curently, Eritrea, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Uganda, Vietnam) in a manner that enables them to contribute to WHO Universal Eye Health Global Action Plans and UN Millennium Development Goals in a marked, effective and sustainable way by targeting in particular, but not exclusively, avoidable blindness and visual impairment. The program supports:(a) The development of qualified human resources for eye health in order to meet the need for refractive and primary eye care services; 

(b) Increase institutional capacity by strengthening and improving the physical infrastructure and providing equipment;

(c) Increase capacity of local faculty to deliver quality training through higher education and research.

Optometry Giving Sight is working in collaboration with the Brien Holden Vision Institute, VOSH International and Charity Vision to fund the development of an Optometry program at the University of Haiti (L’UEH). The school will play an important role in the reconstruction of the country. The curriculum for the 5 year Bachelor of Vision Science degree has been developed and a new medical building funded by USAID has been completed. This will house the new School of Optometry. The first 16 students commence their studies in November 2017. Additional Support for the project is provided by Essilor Canada, Vision Source, and FYidoctors.
Funding has been provided to screen the vision of 16,570 children from 6 districts in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in India and provide free eye health counselling and spectacles to those who are identified with eye disorders and refractive errors. Approximately 1,160 school children will receive free spectacles through the program.
Funding is also being provided for the establishment of the first School of Optometry in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam as part of the National Plan to increase the skills and training of local eye care professionals.
In 2017, Optometry Giving Sight awarded medals for Academic Excellence, Outstanding Achievement, and Academic Merit to the top graduates at Schools of Optometry in Malawi, Nicaragua and Kenya; and to Colleges of Optometry in Malawi. The awards were given in the names of our Chairman's Club members, to honour the financial support they provide to Optometry Giving Sight.
With support from Alberta Government in Canada, funding has been approved to support the placement of optometry faculty at the Asmara College of Health Sciences in Eritrea as part fo the Optometry Development program.
Funding has been provided to build on the optometry school development project supported by OGS during 2016 – 17; to pilot an online course for Practitioners on Myopia Management; Induction workshops for school teachers on eye health screening; and to enable IVI to actively partner in the Our Children’s Vision campaign initiated by Brien Holden Vision Institute and provide eye health examination and free spectacles to school children.
With the support of Essilor of America, Optometry Giving Sight is providing additional support to the graduates from Mzuzu Univeristy and Malawi College of Health Sciences through provision of equipment and consumables for the vision centers; technician training for staff and students (completed in September 2017); a community outreach program; plus 5 full 5 year scholarships for Mzuzu University students (2016-2021).
Optometry Giving Sight Canada is supporting the Optometry program at the Institute of Ophthalmology Training (IOTA) by providing funds for the establishment of a clinic and library; teaching staff; and scholarships for foreign students from Madagascar..
Funding has been provided to the Eyecare Foundation of Nicaragua (FCO) to add sustainable optometric services to a non-profit medical clinic, the Clinica Verde, in rural Nicaragua to serve the local population. A new graduate from the UNAN school of optometry will provide optometric services.
Funding has been provided to the Brien Holden Vision Institute to help upscale, accelerate and expand access to eye health services to children through service delivery, advocacy and policy development and implementation as part of Our Children’s Vision. In funds will help to provide vision care to close to 1 million children in 12 countries.
We are funding one See to Succeed (STS) mission to be held from October 23-27, 2017 at West End Health Center to provide screening and vision care services to approximately 2,000 disadvantaged children from schools affected by Hurricane Harvey and those already part of existing STS / HISD screening activities. Funds provided will help provide human resources (optometrists and opticians) for 5 days plus high quality, stylish frames for 400 students and education materials for each student.
Optometry Giving Sight Singapore is working with Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and ITE to provide access to services for economically disadvantaged elderly and young people in Singapore through clinics undertaken by students under supervision from qualified optometrists.
The Sumba Eye Program was established in 2007 to deliver eye care services to the people of Sumba and build the capacity of local and regional health staff. For the past 6 years, Optometry Giving Sight has facilitated regular outreach visits by Australian optometrists who provide ophthalmology and optometry services and train prospective Eye Care Nurses. So far 6,401 Sumbanese have received an eye exam; 801 sight restoring surgical procedures have been performed; and 5,089 spectacles have been dispensed.
Funding has been approved for VOSH International Technology Transfer Program to collect usable optical equipment within the United States to re-donate to sustainable clinics, emerging schools of optometry, VOSH chapters and other entities as the Board elects, primarily in Latin America.
The Ventanitas de Luz Child Eye Heath Program, implemented by FUDEM, is a school screening program in public schools located in the poorest municipalities in El Salvador (as identified by the United Nations Development Plan) which is designed to provide detection and treatment of eye conditions including refractive error, blurred vision, redness, eye pain, itching, and disease in order to treat avoidable vision impairment and blindness, reduce school drop outs, and help children and their families to break the poverty cycle.
Funding has been approved to support the delivery of school screening to 4 million children in Mexico who otherwise would not have access eye exams or spectacles as part of the Ver Bien para Aprender Mejor (See Well to Learn Better) program under the banner of Our Children's Vision.
​With support from the Alberta Government Canada, funding has been approved for the purchase of additional equipment to support the training of students at the Academic Vision Center at Ho Chi Minh City Eye Hospital, which is being implemented by HCMCEH, the Brien Holden Vision Institute and Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine (PNTU).
In countries with few or no optometrists, there are few well-trained optometrists available to teach optometry at the first optometry schools being established there. The VOSH Corps aims to provide support for these schools by recruiting and supporting US and Canadian optometrists who are willing to teach optometry at these fledgling schools. Funding is currently being provided to support teaching positions in Nicaragua and Malawi.
Fundng is provided to encourage VOSH chapters to partner with domestic and international SVOSH chapters on a sustainable basis (minimum commitment of 2 years) in order to encourage VOSH chapters to work with and contribute to local optometry and sustainable clinics and build relationships for ongoing professional association in the following areas: Mentorship in Optometry, Mentorship in Clinical Care; Mentorship in Community Service.
Aim: to assist WCO to contribute directly to the achievement of the target set by the new WHO Global Action Plan 2014-2019 through data collection, technical expertise, policy development, advocacy and awareness raising and supporting the development of sustainable optometric human resources through more standardized optometric education.
With support from Steel Charitable Foundation, funding has been approved to BHVI to develop and conduct a training program at the World Congress in Hyderabad in September 2017. The program will initially train 3 Master Advocates in each of the six designated WCO regions (Africa, Asia Pacific, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe, Latin America and North America) who will then be competent to train additional advocates in their regions as part of 2 follow up online training programs in 2018 and 2019 that will be developed and implemented by BHVI.
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