Seva’s goal is to build programs run by local people who have both the clinical knowledge to provide high quality eye care and the skills to train others. It is our aim that high quality care will be accessible to communities long after Seva’s involvement has ended. Vital to this sustainability is highly trained staff that has the leadership capability to motivate teams, manage programs themselves and train future eye care providers.
Seva funds a variety of strategic training initiatives to increase knowledge across our partners. These include:
- Primary eye care for nurses and ophthalmic assistants
- Ophthalmology fellowships for doctors
- Modern cataract surgical techniques
- Subspecialties, such as retina and corneal transplants for ophthalmologists
- Community-based training to identify eye conditions among overlooked populations, including women and children
- Hospital administration and financial management
By investing in training, we help ensure that people receive life-changing eye care now and in the long term. Through this approach, trainees become trainers, hospitals become teaching institutions, and the knowledge within the country continues to renew itself. It’s an investment that has an effect for generations to come.
Purnendu Jana, Project Coordinator, and Dr. Asim Sil, Medical Director, Vivekananda Mission Asram Netra Niramay Niketan (VMANNN).