Sightsavers is working to reduce avoidable blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy by performing regular screenings for early detection. We are also working to strengthen the country’s health system by training health workers and raising awareness of children’s eye health within communities.
We’ve trained 930 Lady Health Workers to provide health care in the community: they visit families regularly to ensure that all children, even those who don’t attend school, are seen. We also trained 2,300 teachers to screen children in schools, following World Health Organization guidelines.
Some 25,000 children have been screened by Lady Health Workers, and 125,000 school children have had their eyes examined for conditions including refractive error and cataracts. We’ve also trained 70 technicians and medical staff, upgraded diagnostic and theatre equipment at the LRBT hospital in Quetta.