The project aims to provide comprehensive rehabilitation intervention in areas of health, education, economic independence, social inclusion and independent skill development to people with blindness, low vision and the multi-handicapped. A team of trained community field workers and rehab professionals including special educator, physiotherapist and speech therapist will provide door-to-door intervention to the needy people. The project will be implemented in the urban slums of Madhapur, Chandanagar, Hafeezpet, Lingampalli, Kukatpalli and Borabanda areas covering a population of 1,50,000.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr VC Kumar, COO, Tech Mahindra Foundation said, “Our association with LVPEI has been rewarding and we are positive that the CBR project will be very successful, given their high levels of commitment, experience and passion in the field of vision rehabilitation. We are glad to be able to contribute our bit to society through this project.”
Dr Gullapalli N Rao, Founder and Chair, L V Prasad Eye Institute said that through this community out-reach project Tech Mahindra Foundation and LVPEI are looking forward for long-term commitment to accomplish collaborative projects for the welfare of the society in eye care and rehabilitation. The CBR program seeks to mobilize disabled people and their families to facilitate their widest possible involvement in mainstream rural and urban development.
Dr Beula Christy, Head, Dr PRK Prasad Centre for Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, L V Prasad Eye Institute, said that through its Rehabilitation Centres, LVPEI has been rendering services to empower people with low vision and blindness so they become important contributing members of the society.
The expected outcome of this project in a period of one year is -
· Vision screening for 1,50,000 households through door-to-door survey
· Provide Rehabilitation intervention to around 800 people with blindness, low vision and additional disabilities
· Conduct events on community awareness programs
· Formation of around 16 self-help groups
The CBR project aims to provide equal opportunities to disabled people, and promote and protect their fundamental rights, with the ultimate aim of integrating them into mainstream society.
About Tech Mahindra Foundation
Tech Mahindra Foundation is the CSR arm of Tech Mahindra Ltd and works in the areas of Vocational Training, Education and Disability in 10 locations across India.
About L V Prasad Eye Institute
The L V Prasad Eye Institute provides high quality comprehensive eye care to all people; provides sight enhancement and rehabilitation services at the Institute and through its rural eye health network; offers professional ophthalmic training at all levels; and conducts cutting-edge eye care research. The Institute is a World Health Organization (WHO) Center for the Prevention of Blindness and a Global Resource Center for VISION 2020, a worldwide initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness led by WHO and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. For further information, visit the Institute’s website, www.lvpei.org
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Dr Sreedevi Yadavalli
Associate Director and Head – Communications
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