Keeping their eyes on the road

Sandeep Kumar, a truck driver from India, stands in front of his truck.

In September 2017, one of the country’s biggest Eye Health Programmes for the truck drivers’ community was launched. The programme seeks to reach out to 500,000 truck drivers and helpers of the laborious 9 million truck drivers and transporters community present in India. This 9 million-truck driver community transports 65% of national cargo by road.

Sightsavers realises the importance of eye health for the overworked truckers’ community in ensuring road safety. Since drivers can’t get to eye care services, Sightsavers in India have created a system which takes the services directly to them. RAAHI is one of the biggest eye health programmes in the country for the overworked truck drivers’ community.

The programme’s ingenious: there are over 54 sites around India’s ‘golden quadrilateral’, which covers the main long distance haulage routes across the whole country. Some are permanent vision centres, others pop-up outreach camps, but all are in locations where drivers stop as part of their usual route to rest or unload cargo.

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Sightsavers Reports

Bridging Vision Gaps: A Comprehensive Study of The RAAHI Programme for Improving Truckers' Eye Health in India

Visual impairment presents a significant public health concern globally, with a notable impact on individuals' quality of life.

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Kajal's story

Eyes on the Road: Chhattisgarh’s First Woman Truck Driver Sheds Light on Eye Health

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Selvamani's story

Meet Selvamani G, a remarkable 56-year-old woman defying stereotypes in the male-dominated truck driving industry.

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Jaiprakash's story

"Thank you, Sightsavers India, for transforming lives like mine."

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Effectiveness of Ready2Clip Spectacles among Truck Drivers; Findings from National Truckers Eye Health Programme

Effectiveness of Ready2Clip Spectacles among Truck Drivers; Findings from National Truckers Eye Health Programme

September 2022
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Eyes on the Highway: RAAHI National Truckers’ Eye Health Programme-Learnings and Reflections

Approximately 1.3 million people die in road accidents globally and one out of ten people killed in road accidents is from India.

September 2022
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Sightsavers India celebrated five years of RAAHI- National Truckers Eye Health Programme

The event was attended by internationally acclaimed actor and director, Mr Kabir Bedi who is also the Honorary Brand Ambassador for Sightsavers India, and Shri Amit Kumar Ghosh, Additional Secretary at the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

September 2022
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RAAHI– Serving those that serve us

India is home to over 9 million truck drivers. Truck drivers play a significant role in transporting India’s freight; however their unorganised nature of work prohibits them to take their health issues seriously.

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Photography Contest - “Safe eyes for Safer roads”

Photography Contest – “Safe eyes for Safer roads”

February 2021
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Sightsavers India partner's with JSPL to provide Primary Eye Health Services for Truck Drivers

Sightsavers India partner’s with JSPL to provide Primary Eye Health Services for Truck Drivers

February 2021
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Right to sight

Extending eye services to the least served areas, Sightsavers India is enabling people to live lives of independence and dignity

May 2020
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Improving eye health and saving lives in India

There are at least nine million truck drivers in India… or there could be 12 million… no-one quite knows.

Sir Clive Jones, March 2020