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Many children with disabilities in low income countries have preventable or treatable conditions but due to a lack of facilities and trained staff as well as various barriers in society, they may be unable to access the services they require
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Affordable Eye Care Service Transforms Life

Rajni after the cataract surgery in her right eye sits with her mother at the hospital
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Rajni sits with her mother at the hospital after one of the cataract surgeries.

Neither Rajni nor her family could afford to get her the treatment she needed for visual impairment. CBM, with our partner hospital, supported her in receiving free cataract surgeries and ensured that she is able to continue her education.

17-year-old Rajni hails from a very humble background. Her family of eight survives on the bare minimum that her father earns as a labourer. It was at the age of 12 that her mother lost the vision in her left eye to cataract. Rajni was about to have the same fate if it wasn’t for a CBM supported eye camp at her school. 

A class 10 student, Rajni was unable to follow her daily routine due to vision loss. She did not consult a doctor because of lack of awareness and poor family background. Nevertheless, in an eye screening camp at her school by CBM in partnership with Sewa Sadan Eye Hospital, she was diagnosed with developmental cataract in both her eyes. 

The team from Sewa Sadan Eye Hospital counselled Rajni as well as her school teacher to get the treatment she needs as early as possible. As a result, Rajni and her parents decided to go for the treatment and approached Sewa Sadan Eye Hospital for further check-ups. She was then advised for cataract surgeries. 

Rajni’s cataract surgery was financially supported by the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK), a government scheme that aims to fight defects, deficiencies, diseases and development delays in 0-18 year old children through early identification and intervention. The scheme partially financed Rajni’s surgeries while CBM provided the rest of the required support. Considering her schooling, the two surgeries were conducted 5 months apart. And following the two surgeries, a few weeks of wearing dark glasses and proper medications, Rajni could finally see clearly through both her eyes. 

Rajni is now a class 11 student. She is able to attend the school regularly and do all her daily chores herself. In 2017, CBM reached 2,392,714 persons like Rajni with quality eye care services. It is our mission to address the cause and consequences of disability through affordable, quality and inclusive healthcare and build an inclusive world for all.


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