“MISSION ROSHNI” launched by Sightsavers & Government of Madhya Pradesh to prevent Blindness in Jhabua.

August 2021

On 15th August 2021, Sightsavers launched “Mission Roshni” in Jhabua with a goal to reduce prevalence of blindness amongst the rural population of the district. The Programme was inaugurated by Shri Indersingh Parmar, Madhya Pradesh School Education Minister. Mr Somesh Mishra, Collector of Jhabua and other higher officials of different departments of Government were present at the launch of the Programme. A poster on “Mission Roshni” was released by the Minister and a screening kit was handed over to the ASHA worker for eye screening and line listing of people.

“MISSION ROSHNI” focuses on developing Master trainers who in return will provide training to Frontline Health Workers on Vision screening, identification of Cataract & other eye conditions and referrals in Jhabua. A house-to-house screening will be conducted by these frontline workers-ASHA, Anganwadi workers or eye care volunteers for identifying suspected blind and visually impaired in the district. They will be adequately trained in screening through E chart and  in maintaining blind and visual impairment registers for each village. Patients with visual impairment will be referred to the Health and Wellness Centres where the Ophthalmic Assistant/CHO/staff nurse would filter out the patients with Cataract and send them to the nearest cataract operative facility.  All cataract surgical service providers (Government, NGOs and Private practitioners) will maintain the cataract surgical records with pre-operative and post-operative visual acuity of each cataract surgical case.