Nanna Kannu is a comprehensive Paediatric Eye Care Program for visually handicapped, underprivileged school children of Karnataka.

At Sankara, children’s vision and eye care is a priority. The organisation has successfully implemented the program for over two decades now and benefitted over 5.8 million children nation-wide. Nanna Kannu which means “my eyes” was launched in 2009 at Sankara Eye Hospital (SEH), Bangalore. It covers children in the age group of 4 to 15 years, studying in Govt. Elementary schools, middle schools and high schools. These children are primarily screened by teachers and corporate volunteers trained by SEH, Bangalore. The short listed children are screened directly by Sankara’s Opthalmic team. Free spectacles are provided to children identified as having refractive errors. Children requiring surgery, other diagnostics, low vision and rehabilitation services are brought to the base hospital and treated free of cost.

OBJECTIVES

  • To provide children identified with visual defects treatment, spectacles, medicines or
    surgeries as per their requirement.
  • Ensure that all identified irreversibly blind and low vision children receive timely
    rehabilitation and education services and are made aware of the facilities and benefits
    available for them under Got. Offered schemes.
  • To raise awareness on childhood blindness and to promote community ownership and wider
    impact of the initiatives.

ACTIVITIES UNDER NANNA KANNU

  • Screening for Eye ailments at Govt. and Aided schools
  • Base Hospital Services
  • Low Vision Services
  • Rehabilitation & Inclusive Education (In partnership with Sarva Siksha Abhiyan / NGO
    Partner)

PROCESS

  • Requisite permissions are acquired from the Government Authorities.
  •  Identified teachers from the schools and volunteers from the community conduct primary
    screening at schools.
  • Trained teachers/volunteers then help to screen children with visual defects.
  • Children found to have some problem with their eyes would thereafter be screened /examined by the Sankara team.
  • Children identified to have refractive errors would be provided spectacles free.
  • Children requiring surgery and other diagnostics would be brought (referred) to the base
    hospital and provided free treatment.
  • Children having low vision would be provided free of cost assistive devices and those
    identified as irreversibly blind, referring to partner NGO’s working with the disabled.
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SEVEN DISTRICTS COVERED:

Bangalore Urban & Rural, Tumkur, Kolar, Ramanagara, Chikkaballapura, Mandya and Chamaraja Nagara districts.

PROJECT IMPACT:

  • 92% children wear spectacles
  • 96% improvement in academics after improved vision
  • Majority of beneficiaries are Girls
  • 52 blind children are rehabilitated
  • 147 children under oncology care are alive and well
  • Added 11.37 years (QALY)
  • Organizing Mega Camps and Corporate Volunteering Opportunities

Impact:

Performance of the Project:

No. of Schools screened: 8,520
No. of Teachers/Volunteers trained: 10,063
No. of Children Screenings: 8,05,895
Glasses distributed: 14,773
Surgeries Performed: 2,733
 *up to 28 Feb 2018

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