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District Inclusive Eye Care Programme

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District Inclusive Eye Care Programme 



 (Narrative – 500 words max including project aim/goal, approach, beneficiaries, intended changes etc.) 

The District Inclusive Eye Care Project is developed in alignment with Sightsavers overarching strategic goal which is “Quality eye care is universally available as an integral part of wider health systems”. This overarching strategic goal will be achieved through “making high quality eye care accessible and affordable to all thereby improving health and wellbeing, learning and economic productivity”. To uphold and promote universal availability of eye care services to wider health system eye health facilities will be made disability inclusive, and gender responsive. Similarly policy initiatives will ensure and reflect equitable principles with focus on gender and disability. All together the cumulative effect will contribute to provide high-quality eye care services, improved systems and policies that are aligned towards gender responsive and disability inclusive. All these will contribute in ensuring inclusion and equity in the project cycle.

For achieving the strategic goal of Sightsavers the DIECP project has set specific Goal of the project as “Improved equitable access to sustainable quality eye health services for women and men, with and without disabilities and/or belonging to other marginalised groups in target districts in Bangladesh”.

With the financial support of Sightsavers the project has been implemented in the 17 districts of Bangladesh in partnership with the eye hospitals in the project locations, 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, training on Bangla Sign Language, 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, implementing IEC materials/strategy to promote the inclusive eye care services among the project partner organizations. 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.

Objectives/Outcomes/Long-term Results

  • Eye health services in target districts demonstrably improve coverage and equitable access to a comprehensive package of eye health interventions.
  • Eye health facilities that we work with are made disability- and gender-inclusive.
  • Improved governance, coordination and planning of district level eye care programmes.
  • Innovative strategies with evidence for improving public eye health services, including diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma are developed and tested

Major Activities

  • Conduct accessibility audits and needs assessments at NGO partner hospitals for identifying the gaps in physical infrastructure and others (e.g. fast-track procedures, sign language videos & digital posters, instructions to receptionists to provide information on additional services, etc.) focusing gender & disability.
  • Provide foundation and refresher training on disability inclusion and gender mainstreaming for the hospital’s management staff (e.g. Hospital Directors, Managers, Executives, etc.).
  • Provide training on disability inclusion and gender mainstreaming for the hospital’s all staff.
  • Provide technical support to the partner hospitals to organize the coordination meeting at district level organizations working with People with Disabilities, Women, Older people and ethnic minority groups to mobilize target groups for IEH.
  • Provide technical assistance to the partner hospitals to regularize and activate the meeting of District committee on disability rights and protection in the respective districts.
  • Provide foundation and refresher Training on Bangla Sign Language for the Hospital Staff.
  • Continue monitoring and follow up visit to the partner hospitals and project locations to ensure the inclusion process for promoting IEH.




Starting Date


Ending Date



Contact Person’s Name 

Md. Abdul Koddus (Jahid)


Inclusion Officer (Project Focal)

Email address

Phone Number




Dhaka, Rangpur, Mymensingh, Khulna and Rajshahi


Khulna, Bagerhat, Satkhira, Jashore, Jhenaidah, Chuadanga, Kushtia, Meherpur, Magura, Gopalganj, Madaripur, Narsinghdi, Mymensingh, Sherpur, Sirajganj, Rangpur and Kurigram.

Upazila(s) / Thana(s)

Savar and all Upazilas of the Districts.

City Corporation(s)

Rangpur, Mymensingh, Khulna


All municipalities of the Districts





 (If applicable)

Khulna BNSB Eye Hospital, Dr. K Zaman BNSB Eye Hospital Mymensingh, Dristidan Eye Hospital Bagerhat, Addin Welfare Centre Jashore, Dhaka Progressive Lions Eye Hospital Narsinghdi, Prof. M A Matin Memorial BNSB Eye Hospital Sirajganj, Quasem Foundation, Community Eye Care & Research Centre Rangpur, Magura Shishu O Chakkhu Hospital, Sheikh Fazilatunnessa Mujib Eye Hospital & Training Institute Gopalganj.

Actually, they are not the direct partner of CDD, but CDD provides technical support to them for promoting the inclusive eye health in the projects’ districts.


  1,04,62,926 BDT

Total number only

What is meant by direct beneficiaries is not specified under the project of CDD part, but CDD will provide technical support to the partner eye hospitals to implement the disability inclusion and gender mainstreaming, such as accessibility audits of 3 eye hospitals will be completed and assistance in implementation of recommendations will be provided and training on disability inclusion and gender mainstreaming will be provided to the required number of hospital’s staff. Also training will be provided to the 30 hospital managers and 21 hospital staff on disability inclusion and gender mainstreaming and Bangla Sign Language respectively.

Direct Beneficiaries

Indirect Beneficiaries