There are many important things that the team at Sightsavers have learned while trying to figure out solutions to make their programs dedicated to eye health inclusive for people who have different disabilities. In order to do this, many different approaches were tried in India for their urban eye health program. This project really opened up Sightsavers’ eyes when it came to the different problems that people with disabilities faced when trying to get eye health services in their community. It also showed Sightsavers that in order for these people to be included in their projects, Sightsavers and other organizations need to work hard to make it happen.
Sightsavers learned that it is necessary to increase awareness and understanding at an organizational level to promote actions being taken. There must be proper training done to make these efforts more effective in the community.
Improving accessibility for the disabled of health facilities that can treat eye conditions is more than possible according to Sightsavers, and the actions that need to be taken do not have to be that complex at all. While the task at hand isn’t entirely straightforward, if there can be agreements made on a senior-level, the funds and manpower needed to achieve Sightsavers’ goals can be allocated. People with disabilities getting involved on a leadership basis is very important to the cause and they should absolutely be included in these efforts. Many times, these people who are highly capable of contributing are looked past due to their disabilities. This helps to break down the many stereotypes that exist among different cultures around the world. For Sightsavers, increasing their outreach and building larger stakeholder networks with organizations that share their vision is an essential part of providing assistance to these marginalized groups that are often forgotten about during these efforts.