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Published by Orbis Canada, 2019-11-30 15:46:50

Vivienne Poy Vision Centre Update & Proposal

The Vision Centre Model:
Empowering Women & Changing Lives

Funded by The Hon. Dr. Vivienne Poy

PROGRAM UPDATE AND NEXT STEPS



VISION CENTRES

Establish ed by:

Your Vision Centre Opens in Nawabganj Upazila

PROGRAM UPDATE

YOUR VISION CENTRE OPENS IN NAWABGANJ UPAZILA

New Vision Centre, Funded by The Hon. Dr. Vivienne Poy

VISION CENTRES

KEY PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS: JULY – SEPTEMBER

Since launching in the spring of , the project has marked a number of key achievements and

successes. A total of 6 children and adults have been screened at the new Vision Centre, or through

school sight testing programs or community eye screening camps. patients were female ( . )

and 8 patients were male ( .8 ).

Your Vision Centre Opens

The new Vision Centre

began providing high-quality Established by:
primary eye care services for
the people of Nawabganj
Upazila and the neighbouring
sub-districts. The Vision

female mid-level ophthalmic
personnel (MLOP) who
received advanced medical
and ophthalmic training,
along with education in
management and Vision
Centre operations from Orbis.

MLOPs are specially trained
in refraction, as well as
screening for and detecting
early and advanced-stage eye
diseases that can cause vision
loss or blindness. Together,
the two MLOPs provide eye
health services, including screening,
treatment, refraction, counselling, eye health
education, and advanced treatment referral services.

In just three months, the Vision Centre has received a total of
patients, including adult men, 6 adult women, boys and girls.
patients have been prescribed a pair of eyeglasses and 6 pairs have been dispensed.
As well, nine patients from low-income families have been referred for, and received, cataract
surgery at a partner hospital.

School Sight Testing Programs

As part of the Vision Centre’s community outreach
mandate, v e school sight testing programs have

already been delivered, with another ve programs still to
come. A two-member team consisting of an MLOP and a
Community Outreach Coordinator delivered the ve school
sight testing programs in which students were screened
( boys and girls). The programs were also supported

volunteers who received valuable training and
education in basic primary eye care.

Vision Points & Community
Eye Screening Camps

Along with ve school sight testing
programs, two community eye
screening camps have been
organized in which people were
screened ( male and female).
As well, Vision Points have already
been established in
schools throughout Nawabganj
Upazila. An additional 6 Vision
Points will be established, and
another 8 community eye
screening camps will be delivered in

-.

VISION CENTRES



VISION CENTRES 7

Next Steps: Building a New Vision Centre in Debidwar Upazila

THE OPPORTUNITY

CREATING A LEGACY OF EYE CARE IN BANGLADESH

Building a New Vision Centre in
Debidwar Upazila

In , your donation of , created a brand new
Vision Centre in Nawabganj Upazila, providing access to
high quality primary eye care services for women and girls
throughout the region. Your new Vision Centre has
quickly become a community hub for family eye health
services and education, while also improving positive
health seeking behaviour through community outreach
initiatives.

Building on the incredible success of your Vision Centre in
Nawabganj Upazila, Orbis Canada would like to once again
request a donation of $65,000 to establish a second
IT-enabled Vision Centre in 2020. This new Vision Centre
will be the next step in creating a lasting legacy of high
quality primary eye care across Bangladesh.

Created in partnership with BRAC, the new Vision Centre
will be located in Debidwar Upazila in the Comilla District of Chittagong Division. The Vision Centre will
serve a population of more than 378,400 people in a region where no eye care services currently exist.

Your donation will cover the cost of minor renovations, basic ophthalmological/medical equipment, IT
infrastructure (i.e. computer and internet hardware/software), as well as furniture, décor and kids’ toys
for the Centre’s exam rooms and waiting room. It will also cover the cost of basic medical supplies,
installed signage for eye health messaging and a minimal spend to brand the Vision Centre and market its
services to the community. Your donation, combined with the Vision Centre’s social enterprise business

model, will allow the new Centre to become
prot able and nanciallyself-sustainable within no
more than three years – all without turning away
any patients, regardless of their nancial
circumstances.

The new family-friendly Vision Centre in Dediwar
Upazila will provide direct access to high-quality
primary eye care and eye health education for a
currently underserved population for whom
these services would otherwise be unavailable or

and girls in the community who face traditional
gender and religious barriers that can make
accessing eye care extremely challenging or even
impossible.

VISION CENTRES 9

Changing the way the world sees.

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