RPG Foundation conducts eye check-ups for BEST drivers


Project Netranjali, an RPG Foundation eye care initiative focuses on reducing preventable blindness by providing free eye check-ups, free spectacles and hospital referrals to those who need further eye care intervention

Project Netranjali, an RPG Foundation eye care initiative focuses on reducing preventable blindness by providing free eye check-ups, free spectacles and hospital referrals to those who need further eye care intervention.

During the month of October 2018, to commemorate World Sight Day, Netranjali extends its support to 21,000 BEST drivers across Mumbai through multiple eye camps. Highlighting about the initiative, Radha Goenka, trustee, RPG Foundation said, “Strenuous driving for long hours predisposes this group to multitude of healthcare needs that are often unmet. This makes initiatives like Netranjali a necessary one.”

Most of these drivers suffer from severe health problems like backaches, heart diseases and often neglect their eye health. Netranjali’s specialised camps organised at BEST depots would cater to the eye care needs of the drivers and conductors who are always on the move. Netranjali has been catering to at-risk groups such as truck drivers, school children, elderly and community at large and has distributed over two lakh spectacles till date.

Statistics houses one forth of the world’s blind population. To fill in this critical gap Project Netranjali was conceptualised by RPG Foundation in 2014.

Netranjali garnered maximum impact through its comprehensive screening and referral model. Screening camps are conducted across cities like Jaipur, Nashik, Nagpur, Halol, Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai. Similarly, specialised camps are conducted for school children that address eye health related issues at early stage. In several large communities, a Vision Centre (Hub-and-spoke) model is set up to expand the outreach. Free spectacles are distributed to beneficiaries with uncorrected refractive errors and referrals given for hospitals in serious cases.

Netranjali not only works in preventive eye care, but its ripple effect helps in preventing accidents; making the roads safer leading to saving lives and securing livelihoods.

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