Through a decentralized approach, the project aims at improving access to quality, primary and preventive eye care for patients through tele-ophthalmology.A total of 40 Vision Centres have been be deployed in three phases to render the service across Tripura. In Phase I, the pilot Vision Centre was set up in Melaghar block in April 2007 where more than 4,800 patients have been screened till date. Based on the progress made at Melaghar, the project network was expanded to 10 blocks in West Tripura district. The second phase also comprised of digitalization of patient medical records in the Vision Centres and setting up of an independent wireless network with a bandwidth of 256 Kbps. The third phase is still continuing and deployment is happening in another 29 locations.
The application of ICT tools in the initiative not only takes eye care to remote locations but also enables ascertaining of the quality of the service. The feedback mechanism has significantly assisted the administration to take informed decisions in obtaining the required capacities for the sustainability of the project.
This initiative has however, managed to overcome all geographical, economic, social barriers earlier faced by the rural citizens in obtaining essential eye.
Winner of Manthan Awards 2010 (E-Health category) , Digital Inclusion for Development, South Asia
There are an estimated 12 million blind people in India today out of which over 90 per cent live in rural areas. Because of the increase in life expectancy and the projected increase in country population, this number is likely to rise to more than 18 million by the year 2020. Cataract is the major cause of blindness in the developing countries, accounting for nearly 68 per cent of all cases in Asia. Cataract is easily treatable but goes untreated due to inadequate medical facilities and limited eye care specialists.
Conceived by the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Tripura, the Tripura Vision Centre project is a breakthrough in delivering eye-care services to the previously un-reached rural citizens of the state.
Aravind Eye Care System is the largest eye care provider in the world. The power of Information Technology has been blended into their system to enhance patient care and overall eye care delivery.They do research, share best practices, provide consultancy services, training and share the IT solutions that proved useful towards the mission of ‘eliminating needless blindness’.‘AUROiTECH ‘division is formed under Aravind Eye Care System to actively propagate and demonstrate the advantages of information technologies to enhance eye care services and guiding in implementation.
Digital Knowledge Center (DKC) is an initiative of Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) & National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) to function as an ‘Online repository’ of best digital contents for development in India and South Asia.
With the incoming of new technology in ICT and digital content technology along with various technology delivery platforms, a lot many interventions in digital content have been taking place in South Asia. Interventions are visible in all major areas – Education, Learning, Health, Governance, Entertainment, Localization, Commerce, Culture, Environment, Tourism, Infrastructure and so on. Creation of digital content, its deployment, service delivery and usage has increased each day.
While these developments are taking place, it is equally critical to have these interventions and practices shared, exchanged, and deployable from one place to another. For this to happen, one needs to have a resource bank available for learning, sharing and replication. Digital Knowledge Centre works as such a platform in audio-visual documentation format, which provides solutions to many of our social, economic, cultural and governance challenges.