OUR PROJECTS

To date, our donors support has assisted 97 projects in 39 countries including:

Afghanistan; Argentina; Australia; Bangladesh; Cameroon; Cambodia; China; Colombia; East Timor; El Salvador; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Ghana; Haiti; India; Indigenous Australia; Indonesia; Kenya; Malawi; Mali, Mexico, Moldova, Mozambique, Nepal; Nicaragua; Peru; Papua New Guinea; Singapore; South Africa; Sri Lanka; Sumba; Tanzania; Thailand; Uganda; United Kingdom; United States; Vietnam; Zambia. 

In 2016 Optometry Giving Sight is funding 43 projects in 26 countries.

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NEW PROJECTS

The Child Eye Screening Project in El Salvador is being delivered by local NGO Fudem, and will screen and provide glasses to 64,000 children from extremely poor communities and train 1,400 teachers, parents, health promoters and community leaders in basic visual health care and awareness. Funded by Opotometry Giving Sight USA.
Aim: to​ ​support Infrastructure Expansion and Capacity Building at Instituto Mexicano de Oftalmologia (IMO), Queretaro, Mexico. This is a joint partnership with Optometry Giving Sight, Vision for the Poor, SEVA, Visualiza Eye Hospital in Guatemala and IMO​ ​with funding support from Alcon.​ The project will directly assist in training local staff to undertake mass screenings in poor communities for diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataract and refractive error and to conduct associated clinical and applied research programs. This will enable the IMO to increase the number of patient consultations per year; increase the number of refractions done each year; increase the number of people who get glasses; and increase the teaching capacity of the Institute for Ophthalmology and Optometry residents.
Aim: to support the annual mentoring and outreach visits undertaken by ProVision Optometric Teams to support 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.
In 2015, 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 Vietnam; and to Colleges of Optometry in Malawi and Eritrea. The awards were given in the names of our Chairman's Club members, to honour the financial support they provide to Optometry Giving Sight.
Aim: to screen children in Mexico under the banner of Our Children's Vision, and to provide correction and referrals as needed.
 

Aim: to purchase equipment to establish an Academic Vision Center (AVC) at Pham Ngoc Thach Medical University in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam to support the Optometry program that was established there in 2014. The AVC will operate as a clinical area in the future for the Optometry students to practice and provide eye care services to the local community.
Aim: to support India Vision Institute to undertake 90 screening programs for children from socio-economically disadvantaged communities in Chennai throughout 2016, as part of the One Bright Vision program funded by CooperVision. A minimum of 30,000 children will be screened by optometrists from IVI. The estimated number of children requiring refractive error correction is 3,000.
Optometry Giving Sight is working in collaboration with the Brien Holden Vision Institute and VOSH International 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 is currently under construction and this is where the new school will be housed. It is hoped that the first class of students will be enrolled in October 2016. Additional Support provided by Essilor, Vision Source, Charity Vision.
Aim: to build on a Diabetic Retinopathy(DR) screening project in India that was undertaken from 2012-14 screening 33,452 people and to create a comprehensive diabetes eye care delivery system for people in rural India. The new project, also implemented by LV Prasad Eye Institute with support from India Vision Institute, will continue to develop the skills of local optometrists in being able to identify, manage and monitor patients with Diabetic Retinopathy through the development of a short term fellowship as well as workshops on DR. Funding Partner - Alcon.
Aim: to assist the Nepalese Association of Optometrists to implement a health support program in four village development committees of Dolakha district (Lamidanda, Pawati, Sahare, Kabre) and to provide medicines or glasses to the needy people and refer cases needing surgery, following the devastating April 2015 earthquake.
The first UNAN Vision Congress was held in Managua, Nicaragua on June 8, 2015. It was the first optometric conference open to all practicing optometrists in Nicaragua. It was held at the new optometry school at UNAN, the National University of Nicaragua. The Forum offered optometry courses in orthokeratology, ocular pathology, low vision, diabetic retinopathy by respected lecturers from Colombia, Venezuela and the United States. It was attended by 240 practicing optometrists and current optometry students. We hope that this Congress will stimulate interest in establishing a Nicaraguan Optometric Association, leading to an optometry licensure law and become their annual conference to improve optometric education and create collegiality among Nicaraguan optometrists.
Aim: to bring together all the professional support activity of Vision Aid Overseas under one programme pillar, ensuring that the work maximizes its value for money, develops a thematic approach across countries, and supports other long term programmes in each country. Vision Aid Overseas will undertake the following activities to develop and support Optometry Professionals in Africa: Supporting Clinical Training through provision of practical (field) training for optometry undergraduates; Development of Teaching Materials and Curriculum; and, Provision of Workshop events for the development of Optometry Associations.
Aim: 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 enable members of the VOSH Board of Directors and/or knowledgeable staff to personally visit each VOSH Chapter in North America to make an approved presentation promoting VOSH sustainable programs as well as the support of Optometry Giving Sight, the World Sight Day Challenge and the Brien Holden Vision Institute in these programs. With increased exposure, we expect VOSH members to become more participatory and effective members of VOSH in order to further the mission and vision of VOSH International.
Aim: 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. In 2015 funding was provided to support teaching position in Nicaragua and Malawi.

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

Optometry Giving Sight Australia funds the optometric input into the East Timor Eye Program through support of ProVision Optometry Teams (PVOT), who provide primary eye care services and training for local staff. PVOT has been providing support in East Timor since 2006. Other partners include the Royal Australian College of Surgeons, AusAID, Timor Leste Ministry of Health, and FNTL, a local NGO which manufactures and supplies spectacles.
This project will enable all the people of India to have access to comprehensive, affordable and excellent primary eye and vision care – regardless of their geographical location or socio-economic status. This is being achieved through the establishment and registration of an Indian Optometry Federation (IOF); the formation of an Optometry Council of India (OCI) to register and regulate all Optometrists and Optometric levels based on their level of skills/competency; and the development and implementation of faculty and infrastructure development programs for Optometry schools and training institutions.
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 effecting Indigenous people in remote areas of the Kimberley region in Western Australia.
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.
Optometry Giving Sight Ireland is funding the establishment of 2 Vision Centers as part of the ongoing Mozambique Eyecare Project. The Vision Centers will provide much needed access to eye care for people in the capital, Nampula, and will also provide employment for graduates from the training program based at UniLurio.
Optometry Giving Sight Canada through the Alberta Government has provided funds to purchase equipment for a training clinic at the School of Optometry at Lúrio University. The clinic will soon also be open to members of the public.
Optometry Giving Sight Australia is funding the Nepal Association of Optometrists to provide pediatric eye care services to children in remote communities by coordinating dedicated children's eye camps in Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha and Kavrepalanchowk districts in 2013. More than 1,500 children from marginalized communities will benefit from the children’s eye camps and there will be increased awareness about eye health among people from the marginalized communities and among government and local service providers.
​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 5 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.
The Technology Transfer Program, which is managed by VOSH/INTERNATIONAL Resource Management Team partnering with IMEC (International Medical Equipment Collaborative) and World Medical Relief, collects and restores used equipment for clinics, teaching institutions, hospitals and NGO's in Latin America and other developing countries.
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.
Aim: to support the annual mentoring and outreach visits undertaken by ProVision Optometric Teams to support 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.
Aim: to support at least one junior faculty or select student to study towards a relevant Master’s degree qualification at a reputable university to enable them qualify as faculty for Institute Ophtalmologique d’Afrique (IOTA)’s optometry program; and fund the translation of the Institute’s Global Optometry educational resources from English to French.
Aim: to contribute to the elimination of visual impairment due to uncorrected refractive error in school children and teachers in Cambodia through the development and implementation of a comprehensive school eye health screening program. Implementing Partner: Brien Holden Vision Institute.
This project is supporting the Gauteng Department of Education and Department of Health to provide eye health services to an estimated 30,000 children in Soweto and reduce the percentage of school children with uncorrected visual impairment by 90% with a view to improve the quality of the children’s lives and educational performance. The 3 year program (2013-16) is being implemented by Brien Holden Institute at the Nike Center in Soweto, in partnership with VSP Global, Nike, Just Eyewaer, Gauteng Department of Health, Gauteng Department of Basic Education and Optometry Giving Sight.
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.
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.
Aim: 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.

Aim: to enable all the people of India to have access to comprehensive, affordable and excellent primary eye and vision care – regardless of their geographical location or socio-economic status through pursuing the following objectives:

1. Achieving recognition and regulation of the profession in India, and registration of all levels of Optometry through an independent statutory authority, the Optical Council of India.
2. The further development and standardisation of the level of optometric education in India
3. Developing adequate human resources in optometry and eye care, to combat uncorrected refractive error and other causes of avoidable blindness and visual impairment through the India Vision Institute.

​Aim: ​To provide comprehensive vision care screening services, correct uncorrected refractive error, and provide prescription eyewear and referrals to children and adults with intellectual​ ​disabilities as well as educating their families on eye care both for themselves and especially for their family member with an intellectual disability. The project will also provide specialized vision care training to optometrists and optometry students using Special Olympics International standardized clinical protocols on how to treat individuals with intellectual disabilities.​  USA & Malawi.
​Aim: to increase the capacity and efficiency for delivery of eye care in Lima and the Peruvian rainforest region by equipping a full service optical laboratory at Divino Nino Jesus (DNJ) Eye Hospital in Lima to provide new low cost affordable glasses or free glasses to the local population.
Aim: to support the VOSH International Technology Transfer Program (TTP) 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.
This project is building the capacity and infrastructure of an Optical Shop model being developed by U.S. NGO VisionSpring to deliver services to remote communities in El Salvador. Funded by Opotometry Giving Sight USA.
The Equal Health Volunteer project provides access to comprehensive health programs within the rural and remote areas of Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, India. Funds provided by Optometry Giving Sight Australia help fund the refractive error part of the project and the provision of spectacles.
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