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COMPLETED PROJECTS

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COMPLETED PROJECTS

Funds were provided to the International Assistance Mission under the late Dr. Tom Little, to develop ophthalmic mid level human resources and provide primary eye care services in remote areas of Afghanistan.
Funding was provided through VOSH International to purchase equipment for a vision center at the School of Optometry and Optics at the University of La Plata in Argentina, as part of the “Visual Health for All” program. The Vision Center will provide affordable and accessible services to people in need in the community; provide the basis for collaboration with other institutions in the region; and help to promote the important role of Optometry and Optometrists in primary eye health.
Funds from Optometry Giving Sight Australia are supporting the Symbiosis Primary Eye Care Project (SPECS) which provides access to eye care, eye care education and school screening and training programs for people in rural and remote communities in Bangladesh.
This project built 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 Optometry Giving Sight USA.
Funding is being provided to the University of Asmara to support the training of diploma qualified optometric technicians and degree qualified optometrists.  It includes support for 2 lecturers at the School of Optometry; equipment and seed stock for the School’s training clinic; refurbishment for 2 new Vision Centers including equipment and seed stock; plus overall operational and management support. Implementing partner - BHVI.
Optometry Giving Sight UK contributed to the upgrade of optical facilities at Hawassa University Referral Hospital in Ethiopia into a functioning Vision Centre under the auspices of Vision Aid Overseas.
Funds provided by the Alberta Government (Canada)’s Community Initiatives Program International Development Grants purchased much needed equipment for the School of Optometry in Yaounde, Cameroon. The equipment will provide clinical training and assessment for the students. Additional support provided by Optometry Giving Sight.
Funds are being provided through Optometry Giving Sight Canada to train an Edging Technician and Dispensing Officer/ Admin staff person who are now employed through the hospital optic shop. At the optic shop, glasses are made, fitted to specific prescription criteria for individual patients, and dispensed to local citizens. Implemented by Operation Eyesight Universal.
Funds from Optometry Giving Sight USA have purchased equipment for an Optical Lab in Cap Haitien, Haiti in conjunction with US NGO, Vision for the Poor. The optical lab is part of an eye care clinic which has been built by the International Eye Foundation.
Funds have been allocated to VOSH Pennsylvania to pilot a vision entrepreneurs project to deliver prescription eye wear and sunglasses to poor people in remote parts of Haiti.
This project was implemented by the LV Prasad Eye Institute to establish an ophthalmic lens glazing unit in a secondary center to ensure that rural people can access lenses that can be mounted into frames in half the time and more cheaply than before. It is part of a comprehensive Vision Center program that provides access to sustainable vision care for millions of people in the region.
Optometry Giving Sight provided 50 scholarships over 2 years to merit based students and those from economically challenged backgrounds to study for a degree or diploma in Optometry from the School of Optometry in Hyderabad.
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.
This project is developing a model for screening of diabetic retinopathy at vision centres using a low cost non mydriatric fundus camera, in order to facilitate early detection and timely intervention at the referring secondary centers. Funds will be used to upgrade an existing vision centre in one village complex (10 vision centers), by the addition of a non mydriatric fundus camera to the existing infrastructure and by appropriate training of vision technicians at the vision centres for using the equipment, on a pilot basis.
The key aspect of this strategic project is to select two educators from 20 Optometric Institutes in the east and north east region of India and take them through a structured “educator capacity building module” that would focus on teaching and learning, and educational development. This program strengthens the way Optometry is taught in these schools as well as provides feedback on the materials and processes appropriate to the region. Implementing Partner: IVI.
This project ensures that appropriate training is provided to vision technicians in India who are working in Vision Centers in relation to sales skills to improve the conversion rate (spectacle prescribed Vs spectacles dispensed) and customer satisfaction. Training was provided to Vision Centre Co-ordinators and Secondary Centre Administrators in supply chain management to reduce the turn around time in sourcing frames, lenses and grinding.
This project promoted contact lens practice and actively advocated its usage in secondary vision centers attached to LV Prasad Eye Institute. It also designed a rigorous training program for optometrists that enabled them to have independent contact lens practice in those centers.
This project, implemented by the International Centre for Eyecare Education (ICEE), developed a community education campaign to support the work of Regional Eye Health Coordinators working in Aboriginal Medical Services to bring eye health services to people in remote and rural communities in NSW and the Northern Territory.
Optometry Giving Sight Australia provided funds to the OAAWA to enable expansion of existing optometric services to rural and remote indigenous communities within the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia by assisting in the recruitment and training of locum optometrists.
Optometry Giving Sight Australia provided funding to Brien Holden Vision Institute to provide for two weeks of optometry clinics in Tennant Creek and remote communities of the Barkly region of the NT, in September, 2009.
The Regional School of Optometry for Southern Africa dramatically increased the numbers of people in the region being trained and given gainful employment within existing health and educational structures by offering two levels of training in a multiple entry / exit model. Funds provided by Optometry Giving Sight have assisted with the establishment of 2 campuses – one at Mzuzu University (degree program) and the other at the Malawi College of Health Sciences (diploma program). Our funds have supported training materials and equipment for refraction and low vision; furniture and fit-out for classrooms and offices; salaries for lecturers and trainers; support services for students (accommodation, meals, medical support, per diems, transport etc) and the construction of an Academic Vision Center.
Optometry Giving Sight UK funded 10 students and 5 Optometrists from Cardiff University to participate in the Romania and Moldova Vision Project the summer of 2011. The Cardiff University students provided vision care to over 2,000 impoverished people of all ages; spending time in orphanages, churches and schools.
An ophthalmologist training course in refraction using a blended mode of delivery is contributing to the elimination of visual impairment due to uncorrected refractive error in Moldova (Eastern Europe). It is hoped that the development of this project will lead to the development of an optometry training programme in Moldova. Project Partners - Brien Holden Vision Institute with support from Optometry Giving Sight Norway, Norwegian Association of Optometrists and Help Moldova.
As part of our support of VOSH International, funding has been provided to build a non-profit optometry clinic on the Xochicalco University campus in Mexico.  The clinic opened in August 2011 and has five exam rooms where fourth year optometry students examine the poor of Tijuana under faculty supervision and provide low-cost eyeglasses.
Funds were provided to VOSH International to support the purchase of equipment for a teaching lab at UNAN, the new Optometry school  Managua, Nicaragua. The lab, which was formally opened on 26 July 2012, will provide urgently needed training facilities for the students. Graduates from the program will return to their home towns and provide vision care for the underserved people of Nicaragua.
Funding was provided to VOSH International to undertake a Population Study and Outreach/Referral Screening Program to determine the incidence of presbyopia and its functional impact in Nicaragua. The data for the quality of life and spectacle usage surveys was collected by trained local workers and VOSH used community health nurses to do screenings and dispense readers and ready-made equal sphere bifocals to an estimated 2,000 people. The survey will provide baseline data that can be expanded for use across all of Nicaragua and other countries in Latin America and assist with the establishment of permanent eye clinics.
Funds were provided through VOSH International to provide trial lens sets and hand instruments to optometry students in Peru.
Optometry Giving Sight Canada provided funds to purchase a portable retinomax and a portable bio microscope for use in eye care service delivery in Peru, and then for placement by Opotometristes sans Frontieres (OSF) in a local eye clinic at one of the mission locations.
In the outlying areas of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, there is limited access to refractive error services or spectacle providers. Optometry Giving Sight provided funding to ICEE to develop a Peripheral Refraction Clinic to provide affordable spectacles to the people of the area.
To mark World Sight Day on 8 October 2015, some 270 Singapore senior citizens, adults and children had their eyes screened for pathology and refraction at no charge by the optometry departments of Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic, the Institute for Technical Education (ITE) and the Singapore Optometric Association. Industry partners included Alcon, AMO Abbott, Bausch + Lomb, Carl Zeiss, Cooper Vision, Essilor Vision Foundation, HOYA and Shamir. Spectacle frames were donated by First Eye Wear, Nanyang Optical, Paris Miki Optical and Stan Isaacs. Spectacle lenses were donated by Carl Zeiss, Essilor Vision Foundation, HOYA and Shamir. The event was held at ITE College East, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Singapore Polytechnic.
The ICEE Giving Sight to South Africa program celebrated its one millionth patient in 2011. It was funded by Optometry Giving Sight and others between 2007-2010 to deliver eye and vision care and spectacles to people in need in South Africa through the development of an eye care service delivery system within the district health system. It also developed and implemented a comprehensive child eye health program to deliver eye care services to children in need and to concurrently strengthen and develop the capacity of existing government structures to deliver ongoing services in KwaZulu-Natal  in South Africa.
Optometry Giving Sight has provided funding to establish eye and vision care services including spectacles and referral for eye disease to people in need in Sri Lanka since 2007. 4 Sri Lankan Optometric Technicians have been trained at the LVPEI in Hyderabad, India, and are now working in Vision Centers established by ICEE.  2 others have recently graduated as Optometrists from the LVP School of Optometry. Implementing Partner - ICEE.
The Sri Lanka Giving Sight Program Phase II supports two fully established and on-going Vision Centres in the Kegalle District offering eye examinations and affordable spectacles to the community. These 2 Vision Centres were established in 2009 and have been fully operational since 2009. This program will also partly support training of 2 students in optometry in India.
This project has funded the establishment of 3 new vision centers in District Hospitals in the Bariadi, Iringa and Mwanza Districts of Tanzania offering eye examinations and affordable spectacles to previously underserved communities. It  has also provided support to develop health and promotional materials; train management staff, refractionists and spectacle technicians; plus monitor and evaluate all centers and processes.
This project trained 200 primary school teachers in Child Eye Health (CEH) and vision screening in 100 schools in Bagamoyo district of Tanzania. 35,000 children were given eye screenings. Importantly, this project embeds child eye health into the existing School Health Program with the ultimate goal of fully integrating child eye health services into the national school health program. Implemented by ICEE in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
The Eyeteach© Educator’s program offered educator training for comprehensive faculty development.  The program encompasses best practice for learning and teaching, clinical skills teaching and integrating research within the Optometry program / faculty. Optometry Giving Sight funded the delivery of the introductory workshop at the WCO Meeting in Thailand in November 2012.
The Giving Sight to Blind Children project provided comprehensive ophthalmic assessment to vision impaired and blind children within targeted inclusive education programs in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. In some instances, it was found that children who were being taught Braille only needed an eye exam and a pair of strongly powered glasses to see clearly and attend regular school. The project was implemented by Sightsavers International and Brien Holden Vision Institute.
Funds provided by Optometry Giving Sight UK have supported Vision Aid Overseas to provide ongoing support, training and maintenance to the Jinja Vision Centre that was established in Uganda in July 2010.
Vision Care for the Homeless provided eye care services to homeless and other vulnerable people in the UK in an accessible and friendly environment in which they feel safe, welcome and comfortable. Funds provided by Optometry Giving Sight UK funded the running of their Whitechapel service in 2011 during which time they provided an eye examination and spectacle dispensing for about 600 people.
Optometry Giving Sight co-funded the IAPB's Director of Advocacy role from 2009-2012, in order to  promote the development of IAPB’s advocacy work across the world.
Optometry Giving Sight is pleased to be an Annual Sponsor of the World Council of Optometry. Our support ensures that, among other things, there are forums such as the Advancing Optometry Worldwide Conference (Chicago, 2012) to discuss public health issues in relation to refractive error and that refractive error programs are considered as an integral part of global efforts to eliminate other forms of preventable blindness including cataract and trachoma.
Optometry Giving Sight and World Council of Optometry have together provided funding as part of a consortium of eye health NGOs to fund the development of a road map for the WHO 2014-2019 Action Plan for the Prevention of Avoidable Blindness and Visual Impairment.
The Illumination Foundation’s Mobile Eye Care Clinic project in Orange County is being funded by Optometry Giving Sight USA to purchase equipment to support large- and small-scale eye care clinics providing treatment and follow up care for uninsured, homeless, and impoverished individuals.
A new Vision Centre, funded by Optometry Giving Sight in conjunction with the Brien Holden Vision Institute, was officially opened at the Ho Chi Minh City Eye Hospital in District 7 on 18 February 2011. Full eye care services are now available at the hospital, offering local people quicker and easier access to an eye examination and a pair of affordable spectacles. The Centre is staffed by a refractionist and spectacle technician, along with a Centre Manager. 15 Vision Screeners have also been trained to measure visual acuity, when to refer, record keeping and reporting.
Funds provided by Optometry Giving Sight were used to train teachers in zones at districts level in visual acuity measurement and ocular health screening. In 2009, close to 5,000 school age children in the southern province of Zambia received eye care services as part of this project, implemented by Sightsavers International, with teachers being trained to be the first point of service and support to the children especially those with low vision.  Children needing refractive services were attended to by the mobile optometric team and the district ophthalmic team.
The first optometry training program is being developed in Sri Lanka with a strong component of public health which will produce professionals who will contribute towards achieving the objectives of National Eye Care Plan. The project enables professionals from different optometry education backgrounds to ultimately receive a university degree. Implementing Partner - Brien Holden Vision Institute.
This project further developed and delivered the EyeTeach online program that was initiated in 2013 which also develops and supports the educators who participated online and face to face programs from 2011-2013. Implementing Partner - Brien Holden Vision Institute.
5 to 8 year old children in Government Designated Lower Social Economic Schools were eye screened. Funded by Transitions and implemented by Optometry Giving Sight, the program provides training tools for teachers to discuss and create awareness for proper eye health. 9 schools participated in 2014 screening 1667 students and referring 545 (33%) to an optometrist.

Eye disorders are the most common long-term health problems experienced by children. 1 in 4 Australian children (600,000 nationally) suffer from an undetected vision problem. Good vision is essential for a child’s social, educational and physical development. Most children with behavioural or academic problems fail one or more visual tests. Vision problems can prevent a child from realising their full potential. 

Pedagogical training developed the skills of faculty involved in Optometric education in Latin America via delivery of the introductory Eyeteach workshop, “From Clinician to Educator”. Implementing Partner - Brien Holden Vision Institute.
Needy children with eye focusing and eye teaming problems were identified and provided with treatment and improvement in visual function. Health awareness was raised in the school community, and teachers empowered for screening visual acuity and eye teaming problems. Project partner - Nepalese Association of Optometrists.
This project supported the advocacy work of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness in order to ensure that eye health, including refractive error programs, is given greater priority within overall health policy; becoming integrated into health systems and has received increased budgetary allocations from national governments and other donors.
Support was provided to volunteer outreach efforts in providing vision care and glasses to people affected by tropical typhoon Yolanda. Optometry Giving Sight provided financial support to Dr. Suraj Upadhyaya and volunteers from USA, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines as part of a TWECS mission that examined 8,106 people and dispensed 8,083 single vision glasses.
Funds supported the implentation of a comprehensive school eye health screening program in Pnom Penh Camobodia involving 25 teachers from 15 schools along with staff from the Ministry of Education Youth & Sport. The teachers coordinated screenings in their schools, with 5 schools participating in a comprehensive eye screening program led by the Pnom Penh Vision Centers team and teachers. A project of the Brien Holden Vision Institute.
Optometry Giving Sight UK contributed to the upgrade of optical facilities at Hawassa University Referral Hospital in Ethiopia into a functioning Vision Centre under the auspices of Vision Aid Overseas.
Further capacity and infrastructure was built upon to sustain scaling of VisionSpring’s Optical Shop model in El Salvador.
This project developed a community education campaign to support the work of Regional Eye Health Coordinators who are working in Aboriginal Medical Services to bring eye health services to people in remote and rural communities in NSW and the Northern Territory. A project of the Brien Holden Vision Institute.
The Eyeteach© Educator’s program offered educator training for comprehensive faculty development. The program encompassed best practice for learning and teaching, clinical skills teaching and integrated research within the Optometry program / faculty. Optometry Giving Sight funded the delivery of the introductory workshop at the WCO Meeting in Thailand in November 2012.
Optometry Giving Sight was pleased to support the 9GA in Hyderabad, India in September 2012. The meeting was a global and regional showcase highlighting progress that is being made in all areas of blindness prevention, including refractive error blindness and impaired vision, as well as the specific achievements of the leading NGOs in the sector.
To mark World Sight Day on 13 October 2011, some 250 Singapore senior citizens on public assistance had their eyes screened for pathology and refraction at no charge by the optometry departments of Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and Manchester University.  The Health Promotion Board endorsed this initiative. Industry partners included Abbott Medical Optics, Carl Zeiss, Novartis, CooperVision and Essilor.  Nanyang Optical, Optical 88, Paris Miki and Stan Isaacs kindly donated the spectacle frames. Singapore Optometric Association (SOA), Society of Opticianry Practitioners (Singapore) and Singapore Contact Lens Society all provided support.
A screening project was undertaken in January 2010 as part of an overall project to address the vision care needs of 77,000 children in a remote area of Southern China by training local health workers to screen for refractive errors and infectious eye diseases. 5,000 children were screened at schools from Lechang Country in the first session of the project alone.
In December 2011 we funded the first ICEE Eyeteach© course in Guangzhou Province. The course is designed to equip optometry educators with the skills, knowledge and attitudes to facilitate student learning and to strengthen and standardize teaching methods in Optometry.
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