Keep Sight 2020
A joint glaucoma screening initiative releases a video report on the results of community outreach programs in India and Nigeria
Aleksandra Jones | | Quick Read
Keep Sight, a joint initiative of Sightsavers, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and Allergan, an AbbVie company, has been training healthcare professionals to offer screening for glaucoma in underserved, at-risk communities.
A video report in five chapters shared by Keep Sight details progress that was made between 2019 and 2020 – the first year of the initiative’s activities. In brief, two pilot community-based outreach programs have screened more than 20,000 people in India in Nigeria.
Despite pandemic-related difficulties, the team in India managed to screen almost 65 percent of the originally-planned number of patients, using innovative solutions, such as telemedicine and targeted social media campaigns, as well as offering screening to patients visiting the hospital for different purposes.
In Nigeria, training and screening activities were restarted in November 2020, with new safety protocols.
Images courtesy of Sightsavers.
Here is the first chapter of the video report: