Australian High Commissioner to India, Ms Harinder Sidhu, accompanied by Mr Vinod Daniel, CEO of India Vision Institute, distributed free spectacles to the students of Corporation Primary School, Taramani, on 23 August 2016. This program is part of an ongoing project to screen the vision of 10,000 children from disadvantaged communities, primarily in Southern India.
350 primary school students were screened, and 30 students received spectacles from the High Commissioner as part of the Australian Consulate General in Chennai’s Direct Aid Program. This spectacle distribution follows a vision screening program conducted by IVI on 17 June 2016 at the school.
“Australia is proud to support this project that gives the gift of good vision to children who would otherwise face a much bleaker future”, Ms Sidhu said. “The necessity of good vision for children to get a good education as well as its impact on future development for the country is evident”, she added. “It is very heartening to see the outcome achieved by IVI’s DAP-supported program for children with vision impairment caused by refractive errors.”
“No child’s education and future should be hindered for want of a simple pair of spectacles. I am glad that we are able to help children with better learning that improves their future employment prospects through the provision of free glasses. I am also thankful for the generous support from the Australian Consulate in Chennai that has enabled us to screen the vision of over 20,000 underprivileged children so far”, said Mr Vinod Daniel, CEO of IVI. “We look forward to taking the benefit of our partnership to children across India under our Eye See & I Learn campaign”, he added.
Through its Eye See & I Learn campaign, IVI has screened the vision of 23,128 underprivileged children and distributed 1,463 spectacles across Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Maharashtra, Gujarat and West Bengal. IVI plans to screen over 50,000 disadvantaged children during the remainder of this year.
India Vision Institute (IVI) is an independent, not-for-profit registered trust established in 2012, an initiative of the L V Prasad Eye Institute of Hyderabad and the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Sydney. It is focused on supporting and promoting eye health awareness, research, education and technological development in Indian optometry to advance capacity in vision correction and prevention of eye disease and blindness.