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The Right to Health: Breaking Down Barriers to Eye Health in South Asia

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The Right to Health: Breaking Down Barriers to Eye Health in South Asia

Title of the Project:

The Right to Health: Breaking Down Barriers to Eye Health in South Asia

Period:

36 months from July 2018 to June 2021 

Budget:

9,735,600 BDT

Donor:

Supported by- Sightsavers and Funded by- UKaid from the British People

Working Area:

  • Division: Dhaka, Rajshahi and Rangpur
  • District: Narsingdi, Sirajgonj, Rangpur and Kurigram
  • Sub-district: Narsingdi district- Shibpur, Palash, Narsingdi Sadar, Raipura, Belabo, Monohardi; Sirajgonj district- Tarash, Ullapara, Sirajganj-Sadar, Shahzadpur, Raiganj, Kazipur, Chowhali, Belkuchi, Kamarkhand; Rangpur district- Pirgacha, Rangpur-Sadar, Pirganj, Mithapukur, Taraganj, Kaunia, Gangachara, Badarganj; Kuirgram district- Bhurungamari, Rajibpur, Chilmari, Fulbari, Kurigram-Sadar, Nageswari, Rowmari, Rajarhat, Ulipur
  • City Corporation: Rangpur City Corporation
  • Union/Ward: Project will work in all the union and wards

Focus Area (According to CDD’s strategic Plan):

  • Health and Rehabilitation
  • Advocacy

Overall Objective/Goal:

  • Women and men, with and without disabilities and/or belonging to other marginalised groups have improved access to inclusive eye health in target districts in Bangladesh.

Specific Objective:

  • To promoting Inclusive Eye Health (IEH) in the project districts, including creating provisions for inclusion and accessibility in the partner hospitals for persons with disabilities, women and other marginalized groups.
  • To restore, save and protect people’s sight in an environment that is inclusive and accessible for poor and marginalized groups, including women and men with disabilities.

Result(s)/Outcome(s):

  • Improved quality of eye care service provision in the target districts in Bangladesh.

Contribute to SDG Goal(s):

  • GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being.
  • GOAL 5: Gender Equality.

Contribute to UNCRPD Article(s):

Brief Description of the project (within 200 word -What we want to achieve):

The project has been implemented in the four districts of Bangladesh in partnership with four eye hospitals namely Marium Eye Hospital for Kurigram, Community Eye Care and Research Centre for Rangpur, Prof. M. A. Matin Memorial BNSB Base Eye Hospital for Sirajgonj and Dhaka Progressive Lions Eye Hospital for Narsingdi and where Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) is the inclusion partner organization to implement the inclusion issues at the said project locations. CDD is providing technical support in the designing of training modules and conduction of the training courses on disability inclusion and gender mainstreaming, strategic support to organize different meetings with the stakeholders and district disability committee, conducting accessibility audit and ensuring the accessible infrastructure of the hospital building, mapping of existing organizations and developing IEC/BCC strategies and materials to promote inclusion issues among the project partner organizations. The project also will improve community awareness, enhance capacities for identification and screening people with eye health care needs, support people from marginalized communities to access quality eye care services and surgeries. Overall, the project has been promoting Inclusive Eye Health (IEH) in the project districts, including creating provisions for accessibility in the partner hospitals for persons with disabilities and other marginalized groups.

Major Achievements (Max 6- till 25 January 2020):

  1. Compiled database of existing organisations working with people with disabilities, women, older people and ethnic minority groups in the four target districts.
  2. Hospital staff and project management staff are trained on disability inclusion and gender mainstreaming. Hospital staff are also trained on Bangla Sign Language.
  3. Conducted coordination meeting jointly with partner hospitals, where representatives of district-level organizations working with the people with disabilities, women, older people and ethnic minorities groups are participated. Thus, referral linkages are increased to enhance the inclusive eye care services.
  4. A well-designed training booklet/flip chart and a module have been developed and also finalized the training hand out for the hospital staff on disability inclusion and gender mainstreaming.
  5. Completed accessibility audit of the partner hospitals and report generation and took several initiatives on disability inclusion at hospitals which includes providing technical support and guidance to install the different signage, reconstruction of the ramp, reception desks and accessible toilets for ensuring accessibility.
  6. Organized meetings of the district committee on protection and rights of the persons with disabilities in three districts.