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Childsight Project – Son La Vietnam

Active Since: 2018

Contributing to SDGs…

Providing eyesight treatment solutions to children in need in 22 schools within the Son La region (Vietnam).

MEMBER COMPANIES

PARTNER ORGANISATIONS

  • Global NGOs

    Helen Keller International

    Contribution

    Helen Keller International organizes and conducts vision screenings with eyesight professionals. Provides quality subsidized/free eyeglasses; counselling and support for referral to a long term doctor; follow-up checking.

  • Government

    Provincial Department of Health

    Contribution

    The governmental partners helped to establish the roles and responsibilities of the stakeholders, as well as evaluate the project.

    Department of Education

    Contribution

    The governmental partners helped to establish the roles and responsibilities of the stakeholders, as well as evaluate the project.

    Province

    Contribution

    The governmental partners helped to establish the roles and responsibilities of the stakeholders, as well as evaluate the project.

  • Hospitals/Health Facilities

    Son La Eye Hospital

    Contribution

    The hospital provided equipment and staff to conduct the project. 5 members of staff (2 ophthalmologists, 1 ophthalmology nurse, 1 ophthalmology laboratory technician and 1 orthotist) were trained in vision screening and pediatric eye care.

    Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology

  • Pharma company foundation

    Mécénat Servier

    Contribution

    On Servier's side, the project was developed with its Foundation, Mécénat Servier. Mécénat Servier organized skills-based sponsorship on specific missions with Servier's local subsidiary in Vietnam.

Objectives

  • Establish a sustainable system of visual acuity screenings in schools and provide affordable, quality eyeglasses to students in targeted schools.
  • Improve the ability of community and school health staff to identify, and refer students with eyesight problems.
  • Identify students with uncorrected refractive errors and provide free or subsidized eyeglasses.
  • Raise awareness among teachers, students, parents and the community of the importance of maintaining good vision.
  • Improve the ability of Son La Eye Hospital's healthcare staff to provide high quality refractive and optical services.

The goal of this project is to provide eyesight treatment solutions to children in need in 22 schools within the Son La region (Vietnam). The treatments  include providing necessary ophthalmology equipment and support to establish hospital optic shops; improve the capacity of ophthalmological human resources; conduct vision screenings; implement refraction; provide quality subsidized/free eye glasses; counseling and support for referral; follow-up checking and implementing communication activities.

SDGs THE PARTNERSHIP CONTRIBUTES TO

SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing

SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals 

RESULTS & MILESTONES

10,220 students from the 22 schools were visually screened. Of these, 1,743 visually impaired children were referred by the eye care team at Son La Eye Hospital with the technical support of the VNIO and refractive experts. Of these students, 1,081 were diagnosed with a refractive error diagnosis that established the prevalence of refractive error at 11%. As a result, 643 students and teachers received quality subsidized eyeglasses. Children with other eye problems or severe refractive errors were referred to VNIO or Son La Eye Hospital for further tests.

Results:

  • In collaboration with the Department of Health and the Department of Education of the Province, and with Son La Eye Hospital, an evaluation visit was carried out at the end of May 2018 to prepare for project approval and establish the roles and responsibilities of the stakeholders. The capacities and equipment of hospital staff were assessed to ensure that project activities were implemented in accordance with the standards and requirements of our ChildSight® model. 22 out of 227 highschools were selected in the province, including 14 in the city of Son La and 8 in Thuan Chau district;
  • Five members of Son La Eye Hospital (2 ophthalmologists, 1 ophthalmology nurse, 1 ophthalmology laboratory technician and 1 orthoptist) and 44 school health staff were trained by the Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology (VNIO) in vision screening and pediatric eye care, including early diagnosis of basic eye diseases, referral and follow-up;
  • 10,220 students from the 22 schools were visually screened. Of these, 1,743 visually impaired children were referred by the eye care team at Son La Eye Hospital with the technical support of the VNIO and refractive experts. Of these students, 1,081 were diagnosed with a refractive error diagnosis that established the prevalence of refractive error at 11%. As a result, 643 students and teachers received quality subsidized eyeglasses. Children with other eye problems or severe refractive errors were referred to VNIO or Son La Eye Hospital for further tests;
  • In order to raise awareness of eye health throughout the community, communication activities were also conducted. An eyeglass distribution ceremony was held at Chu Van An College in Thuan Chau District on 3 December 2018 with more than 300 students, teachers and local authorities in attendance. A painting competition at school and then at district level was held in November and early December 2018. Finally, 23 posters and 319 decals were designed and distributed to schools and Son La Eye Hospital.
  • Visual acuity screening equipment has been provided to Son La Eye Hospital and its optical store will be upgraded. HKI and Mécénat Servier will provide the eyeglass display cases while the hospital will renovate the store with government funding. In addition, Son La Eye Hospital contributes to the financing of additional facilities such as equipment, furniture, consumables, electricity and water bills, demonstrating its commitment to the efficiency and sustainability of the project.