A pair of spectacles that helped Sobha from losing her livelihood
Sobha is a 42-year-old and lives in Kusumgram. She works at a small handicraft shop in her village. She had three young children. Sobha was the only earning member in her family. She had the sole responsibility of their livelihood and of her children's education.
A few months ago, she started to suffer from severe headaches. This affected her focus and precision. Her headaches and blurred vision hindered her work. It led to difficulties in carrying out her daily chores.
Her supervisors started rebuking her for the errors she was making. She feared that she might lose her job if she continued to make mistakes.
She couldn't afford expensive check-ups with her low income. She was entirely at a loss, and her condition worsened.
One of her neighbors then referred her to the RHCF health center. She decided to visit the center of Rural Health Care Foundation for a check-up. She attended the center once she came to know that the fee charged was nominal and within her reach.
The health center clinic was well-equipped with qualified professionals. They guided Sobha and assisted her with a proper eye check-up.
She was given a pair of spectacles at a subsidized rate for correcting her vision. She was also prescribed with eye-drops and medicines.
The spectacles and medication have helped Sobha regain her vision. Now her work doesn't get affected and she does not live in fear of losing her job.
She visits the health center for regular checks.
Sobha, grateful for the help, now recommends the health center to all her friends and family. **Without simple support like a pair of spectacles, Sobha would have lost her job and only source of income. She would have struggled to raise and educate her children. A simple help she has received has saved her livelihood.
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About The Program
What the beneficiary gets
Rural Health Care Foundation (RHCF) is an organization striving to address the gap in the availability of low-cost primary health care in rural areas.
One unit of donation to this program covers the cost of providing spectacles for ten poor patients. This includes frames, lens, charges for fitting lens and packaging of the spectacles as well as traveling, conveyance and other related expenses.
The goal of RHCF is to set up primary health care centers in the remotest areas of the country, providing OPD facilities as well as medication to the low income, hard to reach people of India.
In each of the centers, the health center has a good eye department with the best instruments to facilitate the doctor in discharging his duty.
After the preliminary eye checkup, the patients are given the prescriptions which includes information on the power of the lenses. All the different prescriptions are gathered and sent to the RHCF Head Office in Kolkata.
The prescriptions are then sent to the manufacturer of lenses for further processing. After scrutinizing each spectacle, they are packed and sent back to the respective centers for distribution to the correct patients.
Spectacles are given to the patients free of cost or at a very subsidized cost.
The program has helped 38726 people with spectacles since the inception of the program
When you donate to this program, you help an underprivileged patient who can't afford spectacles a chance to see again. This can be the means to their livelihood and the source of income to their family.
About The NGO
Rural Health Care Foundation
19 November, 2019
Eye check-up being conducted for spectacles
Eye check-up being conducted for spectacles
22 July, 2019
Low-income rural communities, despite eye problems, have difficulty purchasing spectacles because of cost and lack of facilities. At RHCF health care centres, spectacles are provided at a highly subsidized rate, making it easier for communities to avail them. Regular access to our optometry department helps them further. Between January and March 2019, we provided spectacles to 793 people. They received consultation from our optometrist and have better vision now. Our plan for the next quarter remains the same, determinedly helping our communities with low-cost services. We plan to reach out to more underserved people in need of glasses at subsidized prices so that their vision isn’t affected.
Story from the field
50 year old Jamshed Sk (Prescription No. 342891) came to us during the Month of May to seek the medical consultation of our optometrist. Jamshed, from Harindanga, had developing issues in his eyes. He couldn’t see very well. People like Jamshed live with grit and perseverance. They have to work very hard in oftentimes physically straining jobs to sustain their family. Poverty from limited earnings and lack of opportunities make their lives very rough. Problem such as vision issues make it difficult for them to earn money, thus affecting their livelihood which affects theirs as well as their families’ quality of life. When Jamshed visited our healthcare centre in Kusumgram, our optometrist checked his eye and immediately recommended spectacles. Jamshed didn’t have money, but he needed spectacles to correct his vision. On 25th May, Jamshed received the spectacles from our centre at a very low cost. He can now see clearly and is very happy. He can go back to working and earning his living without issues. It is difficult to imagine how something so simple could have such impact on people’s lives but for so many of our rural communities low-cost medical care is the only way to get themselves treated.
|What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?||3571|
|What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date||3571|
|Village/City/State where project is located||West Bengal|
|Total Budget for the project for FY18-19||467583|
|Total Expenses for the project YTD||467583|