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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 5, Issue 2, 2012 pp 89-90

Research Article

Comprehensive Eye Care with Community Development in Rural Area

Pradeep Sawardekar1, Sunita Thorat2, Gopa Kothari3

{1Sr. Programme officer, 2Coordinator, 3Mg. Director} Child Eye Care Charitable Trust, Navi Mumbai (MS) INDIA.

Academic Editor: Dr. Aher K. .R.



Dang is the smallest, poorest and backward tribal District of Gujarat state in India.It is one of the underdeveloped district of the country. The goal was to develop comprehensive eye care with community development in 73 villages with active community participation. The objective of the programme was explained with various community groups. To identify the urgent needs, it was decided to do the community assessment. Problems faced by community were tackled. Training imparted to various Health workers. The programme was implemented from year 2001 and yearly monitoring and evaluation was done. The reviewing of results showed satisfactory results. Comprehensive eye care programme with active community participation leading to improvement in general health, control of avoidable blindness, development of referral system, networking and linkages with Govt. and NGO’s has helped in achieving Millennium Development Goals and sustainable eye care programme along with community development is develop in tribal area.