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.
You can also help poor patients get access to spectacles. You can donate so that they can continue to live their regular lives and earn their living. You can give with confidence because every program listed is GIVEASSURED.
By donating to this program
You will be sponsoring the benefits for different beneficiaries every month
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.
Rural Health Care Foundation
1 October, 2021
Clear Vision -- Spectacles for the Underprivileged Communities in Rural Bengal
During the last few months, we continued our efforts of doing eye check-ups and making spectacles easily accessible to the poor and under-served communities residing in remote rural areas of West Bengal. Between January and June 2021, we provided spectacles to a total of 570 patients, taking our total beneficiary count for prescription glasses (since inception) to 48,618. For the rural poor, proper spectacles can make a significant difference in their lives. They work hard to earn their living. Vision problems often make it difficult to do so. Even for children with eyesight issues, spectacles are a tool that helps them continue their education. Yet, many find it hard to procure them.Most low-income communities residing in remote rural Bengal find it difficult to access the most basic medical services near their homes. For most of our patients, our centres—functioning across different districts of West Bengal—are the only ones they can visit with ease. The ones we served during this time had been struggling even more severely because of the pandemic would have found it extremely difficult to get prescription glasses.However, because of the generosity of our donors, they are able to get them without straining their limited earnings.\n","section":"Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months","question":"
\n 1. Please tell us what activities you have undertaken in this program in the last 5-6 months.You can refer to following pointers as\n
- Any milestones achieved? \n
- Any major events? \n
- Areas covered (cities, states, regions etc) \n
- Number of people impacted? \n
- How were they impacted or helped? \n
The COVID-19 crisis has thrown quite a few challenges at us. Repeated spikes in cases and lockdowns have been making it difficult for patients to reach our centres. The difficulties aren’t eased even after restrictions are lifted as the areas have limited means of transportation and their operators hike the charges, making the commute more expensive for the financially strained communities. To combat these, we have continued to make our services affordable for our patients. We have operated our centres throughout the lockdown so that when needed treatment they could visit us. Many rural residents, because of a lack of proper information and education about the outbreak, had been unwilling to visit healthcare centres in fear of getting infected. Others had been wary of wearing masks. We had been observing this since the lift in the 1st lockdown so our teams had been spreading awareness among the patients and their accompanying family members about the virus and safety measures. This time, with the 2nd wave, we noticed the impact of the efforts. Though most of them had been scared of the virus, especially because of the variant’s high transmissibility, many showed more willingness to visit the centres and all of them wore masks. We have faced difficulties in fundraising as well, with many of our donors, understandably, facing financial constraints from the economic effects of the pandemic. This has especially been concerning because of the rising cost of medicines and medical equipment that has increased our cost of operations. We are, however, determinedly trying to continue our mission without hindering the quality of care and have made cutbacks to our budget to counter the challenges.\n","section":"Challenges faced and next steps","question":"
\n 2. Challenges in utilising funds/carrying out operations. Please refer to following points for reference:\n
- Any challenges faced? \n
- Any covid related hurdles? \n
- How did you overcome it? \n
- What is your goal/aim/activity plan for the next 6 months for this program? \n
Story from the ground:Supada Mondal is 78 years old but like many poverty-stricken rural residents, he still works hard to earn his living. He sells vegetables and while two sons support the family as well, their total income has only been enough to sustain themselves with relative ease. With the lockdowns and restrictions on trains, however, the family’s earnings have been affected. Supada, who had been visiting us for many years, had noticed problems with his vision. After his check-up, our optometrist found issues in his posterior cavity, which was likely caused because of his mature age, along with refraction errors. He was recommended prescription glasses. The spectacles he received from us cleared his vision. He could see well again. For elderly patients like him, eye issues often affect their quality of life. When they are earning members of their household, the problems also impact their income. For Supada, however, his vision improved with ease and without any strain to his and his family’s income—the result of the benevolence of our donors.\n","section":"Stories from the ground","question":"
\n 3. Any beneficiary impact story you would like to share?\n"}],"images":["https://cdn.givind.org/static/images/update/f7d5fe7a-0599-49a4-acdb-76f9cb3a0814.jpeg"]}
23 March, 2021
Spectacles: A simple way to improve lives
The poor and under-served communities have a tough life. They can never really rest. To earn their living, they have to keep working and that includes having a clear vision. Yet, when their vision weakens, their meager income often doesn’t allow them to buy proper glasses.
At Rural Health Care Foundation, we have been providing eye checkup and spectacles at each of our rural healthcare centres. The patients get their eyes checked by our optometrists, get their eyeglass prescription from them and then receive the spectacles that help them see with clearly.
With the shortage in healthcare facilities, the rural poor in West Bengal don’t always have access of eye care and low-cost glasses. Even now we continue to see patients whose earnings have dwindled because of poorer vision. For these patients, each day’s income is needed for their and their family’s survival. We see elderly patients whose quality of life have been affected by their vision problems and children whose future is often at stake. Vision issues affected many in the communities and even during this pandemic, we have been helping them with glasses.
Our efforts have been aimed towards helping them have a better quality of life and a clearer vision is often all it takes it give them that.
5 July, 2020
Subsidized spectacles for poor - corrected vision despite limited income
Subsidized spectacles for poor - corrected vision despite limited income
Poverty shouldn’t come in the way of correcting someone’s vision. With eye check ups and spectacles in subsidized prices, we have corrected the visions of many a poor without affecting their income. The last quarter over 770 underprivileged people received their spectacles from our centres. Their eyes had been examined by our optometrists.
Vision problem not only affects the daily work and livelihood of people, but also hinders the children’s ability to study and the quality of life of the elderly. We have come across patients whose lives had been severely disrupted because of low vision but with our low-price spectacles, these underprivileged patients are now going about their days with clearer eyesight.
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|