Grantee Profiles

Beginning in 2006, Child Blindness and Eye Health grant awards have been issued through four funding cycles under three categories: Service Delivery; Refugee Service Delivery; and, Organizational Development. Below is a summary of grant-funded projects by cycle and type.  

 

Cycle I
Cycle II Cycle III Cycle IV Cycle V Cycle VI
Service Delivery (SD) Grantees

Consejo de Salud Rural Andino (CSRA)

Helen Keller International (HKI)

International Centre for Eyecare Education (ICEE)

VisionSpring (formerly Scojo Foundation)

Christian Blind Mission (CBM)

Helen Keller International (HKI)

International Eye Foundation (IEF)

SightSavers International (SSI) Malawi

Child Sight Foundation (CSF)

Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF)

Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP)

Perkins School for the Blind, Latin American

Sadguru Netra Chikitsalaya (SNC)

SightSavers International (SSI) Uganda

Aravind Eye Care System

Kilimanjaro Center for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO) – Madagascar

Kilimanjaro Center for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO) – Tanzania

Perkins School for the Blind, Philippines

Seva Foundation, Cambodia

Seva Foundation, Nepal

VisionSpring (formerly Scojo Foundation)

Consejo de Salud Rural Andino (CSRA) – Bolivia

International Relief and Development (IRD) – Laos

International Rescue Committee (IRC) – Thailand

Orbis International – Peru

SightSavers International (SSI) – Uganda

Christian Blind Mission - India

Helen Keller International - Indonesia

International Eye Foundation - Malawi

International Rescue Committee - Thailand and Ethiopia

ORBIS International - India

Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology - Tanzania, Zambia and Ethiopia

Refugee Service Delivery (RSD) Grantees
     

International Rescue Committee (IRC) – Kenya

International Rescue Committee (IRC) – Thailand

   
Organizational Development (OD) Grantees
 

Rose Charities

Tanzania Society for the Blind (TSB)

VISUALIZA

Advocate for Youth

African Union for the Blind (AFUB)

Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Mujer (FUDEM)

Orbis International

     

 

Operations Research (OR) Grantees:

CYCLE VI

Christian Blind Mission (CBM)
Project Name: 
“Effectiveness of low vision care for children in Tamil Nadu: a follow-up study on children with low vision attending mainstream schools”
Country:
 India
Type of Grant:  Operations Research
Grant Period:  October 1, 2010 – July 31, 2011

Purpose:  To ultimately improve pediatric eye care services by identifying and removing barriers to low vision children receiving follow-up care after their initial diagnosis, and inform on optimal methods to ensure that children use prescribed interventions.  The study will track 50 to 80 children between 6 and 18 years of age who have received initial low vision services at Joseph Eye Hospital (JEH), a Public Medical Trust, in Tiruchirapalli between 2005 and 2008.  Earlier studies on these children will provide extensive data for meaningful comparisons and measurements.  CBM plans to work with the JEH to carry out the abovementioned activities.

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Helen Keller International (HKI)
Project Name:
  “Identifying Scalable and Effective School Based Vision Screening Strategies Involving Teachers”
Country:  Indonesia
Type of Grant:  Operations Research
Grant Period:  October 1, 2010 – July 31, 2011

Purpose:  To assess the quality of visual screenings performed by teachers trained in the Seeing is Believing Program currently being implemented by HKI by (1) creating and implementing monitoring tools to evaluate the quality of the training module used in the program and (2) comparing the two competing modes of teacher training, namely to train all classroom teachers in any given school or train only 3 to 5 teachers per school.  The research project will be undertaken in poor areas of the Jakarta Province in Indonesia, where HKI has significant involvement in schools and also works closely with the provincial Departments of Health and Education.  Through the Seeing is Believing program, HKI is implementing a project to improve the vision of junior high school students living in poor areas of Jakarta Province.  HKI provides training for the classroom teachers on Refractive Errors and Visual Acuity tests using Snellen charts, who in turn screen the students in their respective classrooms and record the results.  The overall goals of the research project are to establish an effective strategy for training teachers to be proficient in Refractive Error screening and to provide recommendations for incorporating results of the research into the government’s health and education systems.  The results and strategies will be relevant to other RE screening programs in other parts of Indonesia and other countries.

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International Eye Foundation (IEF)
Project Name:  “Finding Community Solutions to Improved Blind and Visually Impaired Children’s Access and Acceptance to Cataract Surgery in Southern Malawi”
Country:  Malawi
Type of Grant:  Operations Research
Grant Period:  November 1, 2010 – July 31, 2011

Purpose:  To better understand the barriers to pediatric cataract interventions in Malawi to better address the issues in a way that results in improved access and increased acceptance of services for children.  The project will generate data by comparing families with blind children who have accessed services with families with blind children from the same communities who have not accessed services to better understand how families make decisions about accessing health services for their children, socio-cultural and behavioral frameworks that may impact decision making and what role, if any, the overall community has in influencing these types of decisions.  The study will focus on three districts in southern Malawi, Zomba, Mangochi and Balaka.  IEF plans to work with Blantyre Institute for Community Ophthalmology (BICO) Limited to carry out the abovementioned activities.

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International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Project Name:
  “IRC Refractive Error Evaluation & Child Blindness Field Trial”
Countries:  Thailand and Ethiopia
Type of Grant:  Operations Research
Grant Period:  November 1, 2010 – July 31, 2011

Purpose:  To (1) evaluate the current vision screening program for school children in Thailand, conducted by IRC with Cycle IV and V funding, and (2) implement a field trial integrating the Key Informant Method (KIM) in IRC’s Child Survival Program in Ethiopia and if appropriate, develop a strategy for international scaling up of the integrated KIM.  In Thailand, IRC is currently conducting vision screenings of school children in refugee camps and migrant schools.  The screening is basic and ready-made spectacles (RMS) are provided to children identified with Refractive Error by a trained local health worker.  The research will compare the effectiveness of distribution of RMS vs. the gold standard of care (retinoscopic examination by a properly trained clinician, using cyclopegia when indicated with the provision of an appropriate individualized full correction as needed).  In Ethiopia, the Key Informant Method (in which village volunteers identify blind children in their communities) will be integrated into the existing IRC child survival team’s activities in the Assosa area of western Ethiopia.  Children identified as being blind will be referred for medical care as appropriate.  The number of identified blind children found by the Key Informants trained in the course of this project will be compared to the likely number of blind children (statistically likely) in the area to determine if the integration of the KIM into the child survival community volunteers’ training is an efficient and effective use of resources.  Depending on the results, a scaling up plan may be developed for use in all IRC child survival programs and shared with other NGOs.    

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ORBIS International
Project Name:  “Operational Research to Identify the Barriers to Compliance of Post-Operative Follow-Up of Pediatric Cataract Surgery and to Understand the Impact of Surgery on the Quality of a Child’s Life”
Country:  India
Type of Grant:  Operations Research
Grant Period:  November 1, 2010 – July 31, 2011

Purpose:  To better understand the impact of pediatric cataract interventions on the quality of life of children, assess the visual acuity of children that comply with post-operative follow-up protocols versus those who do not comply with such protocols, and identify the barriers to compliance with post-operative follow-up protocols.  The project will test the following hypothesis:  Post-operative continued follow-up leads to better visual outcomes, which leads to better patient quality of life.  520 children who underwent free or subsidized pediatric cataract surgery at Lions National Association for the Blind Eye Hospital (LNEH) in Miraj Taluka of the Sangli district in the state of Maharashtra in Southwest India from 2005 to 2008 will be identified and asked to participate (along with their parents) in the study.   ORBIS plans to work with LNEH to carry out the abovementioned activities.

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Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO)
Project Name:  “Africa multi centre study to determine best strategies to improve use of tertiary eye care services by children with severe visual impairment and blindness”
Country:  India
Type of Grant:  Operations Research
Grant Period:  November 1, 2010 – July 31, 2011

Purpose:  To research the question of why so many children delay presentation for surgical interventions in several regions/countries in Africa following diagnosis.   KCCO is currently working with three new Child Eye Health Tertiary Facilities (CEHTF) in Zambia, Ethiopia and Tanzania.  KCCO and the CEHTFs’ staff will collect and analyze data on children that are diagnosed with cataracts, glaucoma or strabismus at the CEHTF and KCCO during the period of the grant to determine (1) the reasons for delays in presentation for cataract surgery, (2) the knowledge and skill level of the local health workers who are most likely to identify children in need of eye surgery or treatment, (3) post-training, which health workers were screening effectively, (4) the costs associated with establishing a pediatric eye care center (CEHTF) in Africa, and ultimately, (5) to enhance the capacity of researchers to translate evidence into policy briefs and advocacy efforts to promote meaningful changes in policies and programs. 

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Service Delivery (SD) Grantees:

CYCLE V

Consejo de Salud Rural Andino (CSRA)
Project Name: “Fighting against Visual Impairment among Children 5-14 Years Old, Working Closely with Local Partners in Montero, Bolivia”
Country: Bolivia
Type of grant: Service Delivery
Grant period: February 15, 2010 – July 31, 2011

Purpose: To apply CSRA’s Census-Based, Impact-Oriented (CBIO) approach to the expansion and strengthening of the comprehensive pediatric eye care program to the entire city of Montero, Bolivia as well as its surrounding marginalized communities. Grant supported activities include screening schoolchildren for visual acuity and basic eye conditions; screening of out-of-school youth through home visits; provision of eyeglasses or medical/surgical treatment; health staff training and education. CSRA aims to integrate these activities into the services provided by its three outpatient clinics offering care for 23,294 children 5-14 years old.

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International Relief and Development (IRD)
Project Name: “Better Vision for Better Life”
Country: Laos
Type of grant: Service Delivery
Grant period: February 19, 2010 – July 31, 2011

Purpose: To support the integration of comprehensive pediatric eye services into the existing eye care services in three districts of Khammaoune Province.  The project works to increase capacity of medical staff to perform surgical eye procedures, improve the type and quality of eye care services offered, provide access to basic eye care equipment and supplies, increase the reach and frequency of screening services, and increase awareness of basic eye care at the community level in three districts of Khammaoune Province. IRD aims to make eye health care services available to 23,000 children, train teachers and village health workers as well as clinic and hospital staff.

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International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Project Name: “Thailand-Burma Border Eye Program”
Country: Thailand
Type of grant: Service Delivery
Grant period: August 1, 2008 – July 31, 2011 (extension of previous subagreement)

Purpose: To continue to expand and improve comprehensive eye care services in nine refugee camps along the mountainous jungle border between Burma and Thailand. IRC employs the grant to train and equip refugee health workers to provide basic eye care, dispense eyeglasses, and facilitate medical or surgical treatment for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). With additional funding received through Cycle V, the Project aims to provide a further 30,500 eyeglasses and facilitate at least another 600 cataract surgeries, complete targeted screening of refugee school children, and conduct vision screening for children attending 55 migrant schools in Tak province.

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Orbis International
Project Name: “Glasses to See and to Learn: Correction of Refractive Errors in Impoverished Schoolchildren within La Libertad Region in Northern Peru”
Country: Peru
Type of grant: Service Delivery
Grant period: March 29, 2010 – July 31, 2011

Purpose: To detect and treat Refractive Error (RE) in impoverished schoolchildren in five provinces of the La Libertad region of Northern Peru through comprehensive strategies, including the involvement of parents and teachers in the fight against RE, and to provide much needed data and imperative lessons to be learned during the implementation of a comprehensive RE program for children. The project aims to screen 53,000 students for RE in five of the 12 poorest provinces of the La Libertad region. ORBIS works with the Regional Institute of Ophthalmology (IRO) to carry out the abovementioned activities.

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Sightsavers International (SSI)
Project Name: “Giving Sight to the Children of Uganda Phase II”
Country: Uganda
Type of grant: Service Delivery
Grant period: February 15, 2010 – July 31, 2011

Purpose: To strengthen the role of primary eye care in childhood blindness, increase access to inclusive education for visually impaired children, increase community/parental participation in addressing childhood blindness, and strengthen secondary and tertiary eye care services in childhood blindness. The project targets 1,081 children below 15 years with low vision for educational support. The Project aims to provide educational support to twenty eight blind children. Children needing surgery are estimated at 81, while 381 children are provided with spectacles and 135 with low vision devices.

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CYCLE IV

Aravind Eye Care System
Project Name:  Community Outreach, Active Case Detection and Treatment of Pediatric Eye Diseases
Country:  India
Type of grant:  Service Delivery
Grant period:  August 1, 2008 – February 28, 2011

Purpose:  To provide comprehensive pediatric eye care services.  Aravind coordinates outreach activities at the school and community levels; delivers medical and surgical services; develops awareness campaigns and training materials for pediatric cataract case management; and provides capacity building for addressing retinopathy of prematurity (ROP).

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Kilimanjaro Center for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO)
Project Name:  Key informants as an important strategy to find, refer, and support children in need of surgical and low vision services
Country:  Madagascar
Type of grant:  Service Delivery
Grant period:  August 1, 2008 – July 31, 2010

Purpose:  To apply and adapt KCCO models and best practices to strengthen pediatric eye care services in Madagascar.  In partnership with local partners, KCCO coordinates trainings of key informants, supports the development of a referral and case management system, and procures essential equipment to expand pediatric eye care.  An important component of this grant-funded project is the training of a Malagasy ophthalmologist in pediatric ophthalmology, with an emphasis on surgical services.   

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Kilimanjaro Center for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO)
Project Name:  Key informants as an important strategy to find, refer, and support children in need of surgical and low vision services
Country:  Tanzania
Type of grant:  Service Delivery
Grant period:  January 1, 2007 – July 31, 2011

Purpose:  To develop and add a pediatric component to existing eye care services in Singida, Mara, Tanga, Arusha, and Manyara Regions of Tanzania.  Grant funds support KCCO’s efforts to implement comprehensive pediatric eye care services.  Components of KCCO’s project include: training of key informants and district eye coordinators in recognition and referral of pediatric eye cases, as well as development of a referral and follow-up for improved case management. 

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Perkins School for the Blind, Philippines
Project Name:  Expanding Educational Services for Children with Visual Impairment
Country:  Philippines
Type of grant:  Service Delivery
Grant period:  November 1, 2006 – July 31, 2010

Purpose:  To expand education and rehabilitation services for children with visual impairment and multiple disabilities in underserved regions of the Philippines.  In partnership with local organizations, Resources for the Blind, Inc. (RBI) and Parent Advocates for Visually Impaired Children (PAVIS), Perkins trains teachers and mentors; develops university programs for special education; advances Braille literacy; provide direct educational and therapeutic services to children; organizes parent activities; and, strengthens local policy and advocacy initiatives.

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Seva Foundation Cambodia
Project Name:  Investing in family-oriented outreach and clinical capacity to save sight of children in Cambodia
Country:  Cambodia
Type of grant:  Service Delivery
Grant period:  August 1, 2008 – July 31, 2010

Purpose:  To support comprehensive pediatric eye care services activities in Battambang, Siem Reap and Banteay Meanchey Provinces.  Grant funds contribute to the integration of pediatric service delivery within existing sustainable adult eye care system.  Seva coordinates community outreach, screening initiatives, provision of eyeglasses and medical/surgical treatment, and, proactive case management.  Seva has been active for several years in Cambodia and this current grant enables them to strengthen and scale-up activities. 

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Seva Foundation Nepal
Project Name:  Investing in family-oriented outreach and clinical capacity to save sight of children in Nepal
Country:  Nepal
Type of grant:  Service Delivery
Grant period:  January 1, 2007 – July 31, 2010

Purpose:  To coordinate comprehensive pediatric eye care services in Lumbini zone of Nepal.  In partnership with local stakeholders, activities include community outreach, screenings, provision of eyeglasses and medical/surgical treatment, and, proactive case management.  Seva’s programs target vulnerable, often neglected children including girls, orphans, and children in rural areas. 

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VisionSpring (formerly Scojo Foundation)
Project Name:  Integrating Eye Care & Economic Development in Andhra Pradesh
Country: India
Type of grant: Service Delivery
Grant period: June 1, 2006 – May 31, 2008

Purpose:  To train and equip 200 local community members as ‘Vision Entrepreneurs’ (VEs).  Once trained, VEs are prepared to launch their own micro-franchises selling affordable reading glasses and other eye care products at the village level.  Grant funds also support community screening activities and referrals to partner institutions. 

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CYCLE III

Child Sight Foundation (CSF)
Project Name:  Comprehensive Program for Blind Children in Bangladesh
Country:  Bangladesh
Type of grant:  Service Delivery
Grant period:  November 1, 2007 – October 31, 2009

Purpose:  To improve access to eye care, as well as education and rehabilitation services for visually impaired children.  Grant-supported activities include: detection, referral and treatment of children in Moulvibazar district with severe visual impairment and blindness; home-based rehabilitation and inclusive education of blind children in Sirajgonj district; and, organization of self-help groups and advocacy efforts for blind children at national level.   

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Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF)
Project Name:  Child Eye Care Support Project in Quang Nam and Quang Ngai Provinces
Country:
  Vietnam
Type of grant:  Service Delivery
Grant period:  November 1, 2007 – October 31, 2009

Purpose:  To improve access to high quality, sustainable and affordable eye care services for children in Quang Nam and Quang Ngai Provinces.  The grant award will support direct service delivery activities for a target population of approximately 1.2 million individuals.  FHF’s project will be integrated into the existing public education and eye health systems and will take a comprehensive approach, including: research; human resource development; disease control; eye health education; and, advocacy and partnership building. 

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Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP)
Project Name:  Himalayan Child Blindness Alleviation and Eye Health Initiative
Country:  Nepal
Type of grant:  Service Delivery
Grant period:  November 1, 2007 – October 31, 2009

Purpose:  To contribute to reductions in childhood blindness and to improve eye health through the provision of direct services (screening and treatment of eye conditions and diseases) to communities in the eastern half of Nepal.  These services are complemented by intensive education and training for a wide range of participants and professionals responsible for the health of children. HCP works closely with Tilganga Eye Center to coordinate these activities. 

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Perkins School for the Blind, Latin America
Project Name:  Perkins Partnerships for Children, Latin America
Countries:  Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico
Type of grant:  Service Delivery
Grant period:  November 1, 2007 – October 31, 2009

Purpose:  To provide direct education and rehabilitation services and support to 500 children with visual impairment and multiple disabilities.  In coordination with Ministries of Education and regional NGOs, Perkins utilizes grant funds to build special education capacity and advocacy skills among 140 teachers, 180 parents, 60 administrators, as well as other decision-makers.  This grant will contribute to strengthening the network of special education providers across Latin America.   

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Sadguru Netra Chikitsalaya (SNC)
Project Name: The early detection and care of children with visual disabilities in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh – an integrated approach
Country:  India
Type of grant:  Service Delivery
Grant period:  November 1, 2007 – October 31, 2009

Purpose:  To strengthen and integrate pediatric eye care services within existing eye care and health network.  The grant to SNC supports the training of Health Educators in primary eye care and coordinating appropriate referrals to secondary and tertiary care facilities.  Additionally, SNC coordinates school and community level screenings; provides eyeglasses and medical/surgical treatment, as well as follow-up care; and, procures essential medical equipment to improve the quality of pediatric services. 

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SightSavers International (SSI) Uganda
Project Name:  Giving Sight to the Children of Busoga, Bunyoro, Teso and Buganda Regions Country:  Uganda
Type of grant:  Service Delivery
Grant period:  November 1, 2007 – October 31, 2009

Purpose:  To extend refraction, low vision and pediatric ophthalmic surgical services to communities in four regions of Uganda.  In partnership with local stakeholders, SSI coordinates comprehensive services including training of health workers and teachers in basic screening techniques, capacity-building in pediatric ophthalmology, as well as procurement of essential equipment to improve quality of eye care services for children. 

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CYCLE II

Christian Blind Mission (CBM)
Project Name:  International Child Care Blindness Prevention in Haiti
Country:  Haiti
Type of grant:  Service Delivery
Grant period:  March 1, 2007 – April 30, 2009

Purpose:  To increase the availability of cataract and blindness prevention in selected areas of the Northern and Western departments of Haiti.  In partnership with International Child Care (ICC), CBM applies the grant award toward vision screening services and outreach initiatives; health education and vision problem recognition skills for primary health care workers, teachers, and traditional birth attendants; and, advanced training and skill enhancement for health services personnel.  

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Helen Keller International (HKI)
Project Name:  Improving Children’s Sight in Zinder, Niger
Country:  Niger
Type of grant:  Service Delivery
Grant period:  November 1, 2006 – January 31, 2009

Purpose:  To establish an integrated pediatric service delivery model in the Zinder province.  HKI develops broad based pediatric vision screening and referral networks that address the eye health needs of both school age and pre-school age children. Grant-supported activities include primary eye care training for health staff and community agents; capacity building for pediatric ophthalmology; vision screening and outreach campaigns in 10 large villages across the province; pilot school-based vision screening program; and, provision of medical equipment to build capacity to diagnose and treatment eye conditions in children. 

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International Eye Foundation (IEF)
Project Name:  Sustainable Vision and Eye Care for Rural Malawi
Country:  Malawi
Type of grant:  Service Delivery
Grant period:  November 1, 2006 – October 31, 2008

Purpose:  To work with local implementing partners to expand sustainable medical and refractive error services.  This grant supports pediatric case detection and management; community and school screenings; appropriate referrals for advanced care; coordination of eye health communication campaign; training of refractionists; and procurement of essential equipment.

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SightSavers International (SSI) Malawi
Project Name:  Low Vision Initiative in Chikwawa and Blantyre Rural, Southern Malawi
Country:  Malawi
Type of grant:  Service Delivery
Grant period:  January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2008

Purpose:  To train teachers to screen and identify students with visual problems, and to build the capacity of secondary level eye care workers – Ophthalmic Clinical Officers (OCOs) – to diagnose and refer identified children to a tertiary facility for treatment, refraction, eyeglasses or low vision devices.  Grant funding also supports the procurement of essential supplies and medical equipment. 

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CYCLE I

Consejo de Salud Rural Andino (CSRA)
Project Name: Childhood Sight Improvement Program
Country:  Bolivia
Type of grant:  Service Delivery
Grant period:  June 1, 2006 – November 30, 2008

Purpose:  To apply CSRA’s Census-Based, Impact-Oriented (CBIO) approach to the development of a comprehensive pediatric eye care program in Montero, Bolivia. Grant supported activities include screening schoolchildren for visual acuity and basic eye conditions; screening of out-of-school youth through home visits; and provision of eyeglasses or medical/surgical treatment. CSRA aims to integrate these activities into the services provided by its three outpatient clinics offering care for sixteen surrounding low-income neighborhoods. 

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Helen Keller International (HKI)
Project Name:  A sustainable program for child vision services using Direct Referral Sites in Adamawa State
Country:  Nigeria
Type of grant:  Service Delivery
Grant period:  June 1, 2006 – August 30, 2008

Purpose:  To establish integrated pediatric eye care model for state of Adamawa in the northeastern Nigeria. In collaboration with local stakeholders, HKI will coordinate activities including training of community groups and health volunteers in basic eye screening referrals; implement Direct Referral Sites in locally accessible sites such as schools and community centers; and, improve capacity for high-quality surgical and medical care of pediatric eye conditions.

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International Centre for Eyecare Education (ICEE)
Project Name:  National Child Eye Care Programme
Country:  South Africa
Type of grant:  Service Delivery
Grant period:  June 1, 2006 – May 31, 2008

Purpose:  To develop and implement a comprehensive child eye health program in KwaZulu-Natal with the objective of scaling-up to national level.  Grant funds support direct service delivery (screening, treatment and provision of eyeglasses); assessment of children in schools for the blind and provision of needed vision aids; improving capacity of primary eye care providers; and, policy and advocacy to integrate services into overall health network.

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VisionSpring (formerly Scojo Foundation)
Project Name:  Transformative Family Eye Care in Rural Andhra Pradesh
Country: India
Type of grant:  Service Delivery
Grant period: August 1, 2008 – July 31, 2010

Purpose:  To scale-up market-based model in Andhra Pradesh and implement pilot project to expand services to children. Under this latest grant fund, VisionSpring aims to screen more than 10,000 children, refer 1,575, and sell approximately 720 pairs of ready-made distance eyeglasses to treat refractive error. In partnership with LV Prasad Eye Institute, VisionSpring coordinates rural ‘Comprehensive Vision Camps’ to provide basic primary eye care and provide transportation to patients requiring additional care.

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Refugee Service Delivery (RSD) Grantees

CYCLE IV

International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Project Name:  Kakuma Refugee Camp
Country:  Kenya
Type of grant:  Refugee Service Delivery
Grant period:  August 1, 2008 – July 31, 2010

Purpose:  To address the burden of blindness and vision impairment among Kakuma refugee children, adults and locally affected Turkana villagers. The grant supports a full-time Ophthalmic Clinical Officer (OCO) to provide services at the local eye clinic. IRC also facilitates screening activities and medical or surgical treatment as necessary; train refugee health workers in basic refraction skills; and, provide eyeglasses.

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International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Project Name:  Border Eye Program
Country:  Thailand
Type of grant:  Refugee Service Delivery
Grant period:  August 1, 2008 – July 31, 2010

Purpose:  To expand and improve comprehensive eye care services in nine refugee camps along the mountainous jungle border between Burma and Thailand. IRC employs the grant to train and equip refugee health workers to provide basic eye care, dispense eyeglasses, and facilitate medical or surgical treatment for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). This project aims to provide more than 10,000 eyeglasses and facilitate 500 cataract surgeries annually.

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Organizational Development (OD) Grantees

CYCLE III

Advocate for Youth
Project Name:  Provision of Perkins Braillers for Blind Pupils at the Akropong School for the Deaf
Country:  Ghana
Type of grant:  Organizational Development
Grant period:  November 1, 2007 – October 31, 2008

Purpose:  To improve the quality of learning for children in the Akropong School for the Deaf in the Eastern region of Ghana. This is one of two schools in the country that provides educational services to children with visual impairment. Akropong currently has no Braillers for its students. This grant award supports the purchase of eight Braillers, as well as a training workshop on Brailler maintenance for teachers at the school.

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African Union for the Blind (AFUB)
Project Name:  Education Opportunities for Visually Impaired Children in Africa
Country:  Rwanda
Type of grant:  Organizational Development
Grant period:  November 1, 2007 – October 31, 2008

Purpose:  To collaborate with the Rwandese Union for the Blind to initiate a pilot project to train educators in rural areas to teach blind and partially sighted children at their home school. In addition to a six-week teacher training program, the grant award supports the purchase of Braillers and supplies for mini-resource centers for visually impaired students.

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Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Mujer (FUDEM)
Project Name: Critical Equipment for a Second Satellite Eye Care Clinic
Country:  El Salvador
Type of grant:  Organizational Development
Grant period:  November 1, 2007 – October 31, 2008

Purpose:  To procure essential medical, ophthalmic and optical supplies for visual pre-testing and ophthalmic exams. The equipment will be used in FUDEM’s second satellite clinic in Soyapango, El Salvador. With this equipment in its newest clinic, FUDEM will increase its capacity to deliver quality eye care services, especially for children.

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Orbis International
Project Name:  Pediatric Ophthalmology in Ethiopia
Country:  Ethiopia
Type of grant:  Organizational Development
Grant period:  November 1, 2007 – October 31, 2008

Purpose:  To support one-year capacity building initiative for four ophthalmologists in pediatric ophthalmology. Grant funds support training in diagnosis and treatment of pediatric eye conditions, including optical and surgical management. Orbis also provides technical guidance and service delivery support to Hawassa University’s department of ophthalmology to launch a pediatric eye care unit. 

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CYCLE II

Rose Charities
Project Name:  Children’s Surgical Center (CSC) Optometry Program
Country:  Cambodia
Type of grant:  Service Delivery
Grant period:  January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2007

Purpose:  To support expansion of CSC’s optometric service delivery. The grant award contributes to the procurement of equipment for improved refractive error diagnosis; human resource development; and, the provision of eyeglasses.

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Tanzania Society for the Blind (TSB)
Project Name:  Support for Visually Impaired Secondary School Children
Country: Tanzania
Type of grant:  Organizational Development
Grant period:  January 1, 2007 – August 30, 2008

Purpose:  To establish support for visually impaired primary school students as they gain entry into secondary schools. TSB applies grant funding toward technical assistance for teachers to develop Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for each child identified and to procure essential visual aids.

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VISUALIZA
Project Name: Scaling Up Pediatric Eye Care
Country:  Guatemala
Type of grant: Organizational Development
Grant period:  January 1, 2007 – June 30, 2008

Purpose:  To procure essential equipment for VISUALIZA’s new, dedicated pediatric eye unit in Guatemala City. Grant funds support the purchase of a vitrectomy machine which will improve the safety and quality of pediatric cataract procedures.

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