In 2016, Sightsavers began a pilot program in India in order to bring corrective eyecare to people with disabilities there. This program was set up to show the established healthcare community what is needed to bring corrective eye surgery to those in their country who need it most. The findings have been collected and Sightsavers has found that the project can move forward and possibly move into other nations nearby.
Sightsavers found that in order to bring about change anywhere, they need to have tenacious leaders in place and they need to show how people with disabilities can become productive members of the community. Sightsavers is working towards wiping out trachoma in the near future and its CEO believes this is a possibility. By increasing awareness of the need for this type of surgery is key in the program succeeding and Sightsavers is beginning to see changes happening.
Many times, persons with disbilities are left out of the culture of a nation because of their disability and Sightsavers is trying to change that mindset. By allowing doctors and medical facilities to have access to worldwide news on improvements in eye surgery, the physicians there are more willing to perform them. It may take a lot of time before the program reaches its fullest potential but with the right leadership in place, and more facilities available to those who need it, the project will succeed.
Sightsavers history shows just how tenacious they are and how they have been moving their healthcare programs forward. They have already invited many other nations to come to India in order to see how the program works and what it could mean for their country. The company is expanding its operations constantly and improving their programs more and more to include other healthcare needs. They feel that healthcare should be provided to all people regardless of their disability.