The successful applicants

Contracts have now been signed and we are pleased to announce the names of the successful organisations and brief details of the innovative projects they will be implementing over the next 18 months:

B.P. Eye Foundation (BPEF) and Children Hospital for Eye Ear and Rehabilitation Services (CHEERS)

Project Title: Making early childhood education inclusive for visually impaired children in Nepal.

Project location: Three districts of Kathmandu valley, Nepal.

There are currently 33,404 Early Childhood Development centres (ECDCs) in Nepal, open to children between 3-5 years of age, which aim to increase enrolment and retention of children in primary schools. This pilot project will provide training to visually impaired children in daily living skills and pre-Braille activities to encourage ECDCs to enrol them, something which is currently not happening. The Department for Education in Nepal is keen to take this approach, if successful, to scale as a part of an Education for All Children with Visual Impairment (EFAVI) campaign to meet targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

You can download this project proposal by following the link below:

Coventry University

Project title: Integrating community and media networks to promote educational inclusion of children and young people with albinism in Malawi and Zambia.

Project location: Malawi (pilot study in Central & Southern Regions) and Zambia (Lusaka). 

This pilot project in Malawi aims to use radio and mobile phones to promote inclusive educational initiatives to enhance acceptance of children with albinism in schools. Workshops will also be offered to provide professional training to specialists in visual impairment. If successful, this will provide a model system for raising awareness of disability and other issues amongst teachers.

You can download this project proposal by following the link below:

Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)

Project title: Developing a cost-effective model for community-based screening of Diabetic Retinopathy in urban slums of Delhi.

Project location: India, North India, New Delhi.

The aim of this project is to develop a sustainable model for screening and management of Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) in the Indian population. This will be achieved through awareness generation for Diabetes and Diabetic Eye Disease, as well as through development of a rapid, cost-effective tool for community-based screening of DR , for a nationwide screening program. If successful, it is likely that the program will be adopted by the other national level institutes with support of the Government of India.

You can download this project proposal by following the link below:

Leonard Cheshire Disability

Project title: Improving educational outcomes for children with disabilities in Nyanza, Kenya.

Project location: Nyanza Province, Kenya.

This project proposes to work alongside ten inclusive primary schools, together with other service providers, community members and duty-bearers, to develop tools and systems for standardising educational assessments so that Ministries of Health and Education can implement inclusive strategies for education.  The results of this work could be implemented with minimal investment in Kenya, and could be extended to non-disabled children, secondary education and informal education.

You can download this project proposal by following the link below:

UNNATI - Organisation for Development Education

Project title: Towards Developing a BPO/DPO led Pedagogy to Facilitate the Process of Social Change.

Project location: India, with eight regional partners.

The aim of this project is to develop inclusive tools and techniques in situational analysis and capacity assessment for organisational development, which can be used by people with disabilities, to assist with the development of inclusive development programmes.  A resource toolkit of inclusive analytical tools and methods will be created and made available. It is expected that more than 10,000 people with visual impairments and other disabilities will benefit directly from inclusive development programming.

You can download this project proposal by following the link below:

Helen Keller international

Project title: A randomised controlled trial (RCT) of an intensive case management model in improving compliance with care for people with diabetic retinopathy in Bangladesh.

Project location: Chittagong Division of Bangladesh.

The aim of this project is to incorporate an intensive case management system, consisting of tailored follow up with patients and their families alongside comprehensive patient education, into existing Diabetic Retinopathy grading and treatment programmes. The purpose of this is to improve knowledge and promote care-seeking behaviour by working with patients and their families to overcome real and perceived barriers to seeking care. It is expected that by increasing the number of patients who receive (and pay for) Diabetic Retinopathy treatment, health facilities will ultimately see the financial benefit of initial investment in an intensive case management system.

You can download this project proposal by following the link below:

The Gambia Federation of the Disabled (GFD)

Project title: Narrowing the gap between training and employment for people with disabilities in the Gambia, West Africa.

Project location: The Gambia.

This project seeks to improve the employment opportunities of people with disabilities by linking technical training service providers with employers and through establishing the new mechanism of a Disability Employment Service, which will be closely linked with the National Training Authority. Through support from the Disability Employment Service, people with disabilities will gain work experience and/or find employment relevant to their skills. As a result employers will have increased knowledge and understanding of disability and how to accommodate people with disabilities in employment. Through having greater awareness of disability it is expected that companies and employers’ recruitment policies will change and that organisations will undertake necessary adjustments to employ more people with disabilities.

You can download this project proposal by following the link below:

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Project title: Improving the quality of cataract surgery using mentorship. An assessment in East Africa.

Project location: East Africa.

Project description: This project will look at mentorship as a quality improvement tool in the outcome of cataract surgery. Little is known about effective methods of improving the quality of cataract surgery in low income countries and monitoring outcome alone is inadequate to improve quality. Other methods of quality improvement need to be explored. Mentoring is widely used elsewhere to improve quality but needs to be assessed in low income settings before it can be advocated as a quality improvement tool. Mentors are experienced clinicians who support hospital teams to manage change. Mentors have been shown, in some cases, to be effective ‘change agents’. This study aims to assess whether using mentors in hospitals in low income countries can improve the quality of cataract surgery.

You can download this project proposal by following the link below:

Latika Roy Foundation

Project title: Follow-up Early Intervention Services for children 0 - 6 with multiple disabilities in Dehradun district, Uttarakhand, India.

Project location: India.

Early intervention is recognised as crucial in mitigating and preventing developmental disabilities. Services for early intervention are rare in India and non-existent in the rural areas. This project will provide parents with local follow-up services for their children, as the only existing services are at assessment centres and government hospitals. Sensitization workshops will be conducted in community health centres and health workers will be encouraged to participate in the assessment and parent training. Parents will be trained with skills to support their children and will also act as monitors, to monitor health workers’ attendance, focus and skill delivery.

You can download this project proposal by following the link below:

Powerful Information

Project title: Empowering blind civil society leaders and professionals in Sierra Leone with the knowledge, skills and means to use computers and the internet independently and improve their engagement in the development process.

Project location: Sierra Leone (Freetown, Bo, Makeni, Kabala & Koidu).

This project aims to empower blind civil society leaders and professionals to access computers using the Portset Braillekey technology, which will facilitate their independence and social inclusion, as well as the development of their organisations. Braillekey provides a quick route into computing and it can, in principle, be used at internet cafés, for those without a personal computer. The targeted organisations that will take this work to scale include two leading DPOs and five schools for the blind. This pilot also aims to inform national policy-makers and the Advisory Council on ICT to influence future policies on ICT in schools.

You can download this project proposal by following the link below:

Visual Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research, School of Education, University of Birmingham

Project title: Early childhood development and education for young children with visual impairment in Malawi.

Project location: Malawi.

This project seeks to develop and trial a tool for assessing the development of visually impaired children in Malawi and to provide associated advice, training and interventions for parents and community workers. The project will work with  community workers on developing learning materials and interventions, and chart their progress over six months. Trialling the tools and materials will help to change the way educational, health and community staff work with families of disabled children by providing them with some practical suggestions about how parents/carers can help their children’s development.  The advice that professional workers and teachers will give the children provides them with a greater chance of attending their local school and becoming active participants in their community.

You can download this project proposal by following the link below:

Score Foundation

Project title: Using Mass Communication to scale-up project ‘Eyeway’ and reach out to every blind person in India with information that will change their lives.

Project location: India.

‘Eyeway’ is Score Foundation’s portal which gathers and disseminates information to visually impaired people. Eyeway currently consists of a radio show, three multi-lingual helpdesks, an SMS alert service and a website which reaches out and connects people with knowledge and information which they otherwise could not access. This project will now seek to dramatically expand the reach and impact of Eyeway by producing and airing a nationally broadcast television series. Using television as a method of communication gives the opportunity to reach out to an audience that is otherwise inaccessible through the existing Eyeway channels

.You can download this project proposal by following the link below:

International Trachoma Initiative (ITI)

Project title: Development of a multi-component toolkit for effective integration of relevant NTD control activities into current WASH programs.

This project aims to create a permanent resource to help Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) organisations to incorporate compatible Neglected Tropical Disease control activities into existing WASH programming. The project intends to increase the knowledge base within the WASH sector, and among WASH practitioners and governments regarding trachoma, the soil transmitted helminths (STH) and other NTDs. Increased information will allow WASH organisations to directly incorporate compatible NTD control activities into existing WASH programmes, as well as potentially target endemic areas as priority sites for WASH programmes.  Joint monitoring tools are expected to help WASH organisations establish links between WASH improvements and the reduction of trachoma and other NTDs.  Advocacy tools will also allow WASH organisations to petition governments for increased funding for the WASH sector based on health-related impacts, as well as increased coordination mechanisms between the Health and water-related government sectors.

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We are also funding the following innovative project:

Social and behaviour change communication for trachoma

Project location: Uganda

Project partners: John Hopkins University

This project aims to improve face washing behaviours and environmental sanitation in Uganda, implementing the ‘Facial Cleanliness and Environmental Change’ components of the WHO SAFE preventative strategy for Trachoma controls by focussing on change at the level of the individual and environment.

The project will provide a nationally coordinated response to prevent trachoma in Uganda by:

  • developing an e-toolkit for the ‘Facial cleanliness’ and ‘Environmental change’ components of trachoma prevention, based on the findings of the situation analysis and formative research.
  • producing a physical toolkit of communication materials promoting Facial cleanliness and Environmental change to prevent trachoma.

You can download this project proposal by following the link below:

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