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Training of Ophthalmic Assistants from Chhattisgarh at LAICO, Aravind Eye Care, Madurai, Tamil Nadu on the establishment of Vision Centres.

Taking a cue from the Aravind Eye Care model, the Centre for Innovations in Public Systems (CIPS), Hyderabad has facilitated the pilot for setting up 40 Vision Centres (in the Community Health Centres) in four districts – one district each from each division in the State of Chhattisgarh. This approach is expected to help in creating better access to eye care in the community and demonstrate its impact for further scale-up. In the first phase, 10 Vision Centres will be rolled out. Four districts would include Kanker and Kawardha districts since they have been identified for District Planning Approach and integrating the two might help in yielding desired results, i.e., Identification, Referral & Management. The established Vision Centres will be connected to the district hospitals for patient teleconsultations. Patient data (database) will be hosted at a central server in Raipur which will be accessed by the Vision Centres and the district hospitals over broadband connectivity.
Each Vision Centre will have two ophthalmic assistants (refractionists with five years of work experience). Ophthalmic assistants recruited for initial Vision Centres will be trained for a period of one month (bridge course) at Aravind and they will be developed as trainers over time to train the rest of the ophthalmic assistants. Ophthalmic assistants for remaining centres will be trained locally with the help of staff from the first set of Vision Centres and they will be given one-week orientation at Aravind. Ophthalmologists from the district hospitals (initial four districts) will be given a two-day orientation at Aravind Ophthalmic equipment will be installed at these Vision Centres to provide comprehensive eye exam. Hardware, software, central server systems will be purchased.
A total of 40 ophthalmic assistants from Chhattisgarh has been trained in seven batches during the period February – December 2017 at LAICO, Aravind Eye Care. Further, efforts are also in place to replicate this on a larger scale across the States.
Taking a cue from the Aravind Eye Care model, the Centre for Innovations in Public Systems (CIPS), Hyderabad has facilitated the pilot for setting up 40 Vision Centres (in the Community Health Centres) in four districts – one district each from each division in the State of Chhattisgarh. This approach is expected to help in creating better access to eye care in the community and demonstrate its impact on further scale-up. In the first phase, 10 Vision Centres will be rolled out. Four districts would include Kanker and Kawardha districts since they have been identified for District Planning Approach and integrating the two might help in yielding desired results, i.e., Identification, Referral & Management. The established Vision Centres will be connected to the district hospitals for patient teleconsultation. Patient data (database) will be hosted at a central server in Raipur which will be accessed by the Vision Centres and the district hospitals over broadband connectivity.
Each Vision Centre will have two ophthalmic assistants (refractionists with five years of work experience). Ophthalmic assistants recruited for initial Vision Centres will be trained for a period of one month (bridge course) at Aravind and they will be developed as trainers over time to train rest of the ophthalmic assistants. Ophthalmic assistants for remaining centres will be trained locally with the help of staff from the first set of Vision Centres and they will be given one-week orientation at Aravind. Ophthalmologists from the district hospitals (initial four districts) will be given a two-day orientation at Aravind Ophthalmic equipment will be installed at these Vision Centres to provide comprehensive eye exam. Hardware, software, central server systems will be purchased.
A total of 40 ophthalmic assistants from Chhattisgarh has been trained in seven batches during the period February – December 2017 at LAICO, Aravind Eye Care. Further, efforts are also in place to replicate this on a larger scale across the States.
Sl. No. Duration of the Training No. of Trainees
1. 13 Feb – 13 March 2017 10
2. 10 April – 10 May 2017 05
3. 25 April – 25 May 2017 05
4. 20 June – 20 July 2017 06
5. 05 July – 05 August 2017 04
6. 25 October – 25 November 2017 06
7. 08 November – 08 December 2017 04
Total 40