Date: 06-Mar-2020

Allergan, Sightsavers and IAPB launch Keep Sight India initiative to prevent glaucoma

Allergan, Sightsavers and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) announced the launch of its unique joint initiative - ‘Keep Sight India’ – a community based glaucoma screening progamme to prevent glaucoma-related vision loss in Ganjam district, Odisha. The progamme provides training for healthcare professionals to screen at-risk populations, ensure early and accurate diagnosis and provide appropriate treatment and long-term care in an effort to make a positive impact on people with glaucoma at all levels of comprehensive eye care. Sightsavers India CEO, RN Mohanty said “We are excited to be partnering with Allergan, an organisation with a long legacy in eyecare. Sightsavers too like Allergan is committed in finding and providing effective solutions for patients suffering with glaucoma, which is one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness. The typical barriers we face on ground include inadequate human resources, a lack of awareness and limited access to medical treatments. The partnership between Sightsavers and Allergan is an example of the vital associations that are needed to fight avoidable blindness and deliver better services at the community level.” The pilot kicked off in October 2019 in partnership with Sightsavers local partner, Sankara Eye Hospital. The first outreach camp was organised on December 03, 2019 on World Disability Day and subsequently four outreach camps were conducted under the pilot project. The outreach camps included services like vision testing, refraction, IOP measurement, fundus photography, spectacle dispensing, cataract identification, referral services and counselling services. To date 8,276 people have been screened for glaucoma in these four outreach camps, from which 749 glaucoma suspects were identified and referred to the base hospital.