Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh (NNJS) and Indian Embassy signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for providing Indian grant assistance of NRs.10.27 Million to NNJS for School Eye Health Care Programme in various districts of Nepal.
According to a press release issued by Indian Embassy, the MoU will cover the cost of for providing 9000 optical dispensing devices to vision impaired children and 300 Low Vision Dispensing Devices to school going children in Nepal during the year 2014-15. Mobile Medical teams will visit the scheduled schools and perform health education sessions for students and parents parallel to the ocular examination of school children. The teams would examine about 1,90,000 school-going children during the year.
Government of India has been providing assistance to NNJS for School Eye Health Care Programme in Nepal as part of the India-Nepal Economic Cooperation Programme since 2001. Under this programme optical devices/spectacles have been distributed to over 37,000 school-going children. A mobile eye care van duly fitted with ophthalmic equipment was also gifted to NNJS for implementation of this programme in 2009.
NNJS is an apex voluntary organization, recognized by Government of Nepal as a National Society for Comprehensive Eye Care having 14 eye hospital, 50 eye care centers, 250 community based organization under its umbrella in various districts of Nepal. It is expected that this grant assistance would go a long way in addressing the curable eye problems/blindness being faced by the people of Nepal.
Government of India’s assistance to Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh is a part of the India-Nepal Economic Cooperation Programme which has an outlay over NRs.66 billion with more than 490 large and small development projects completed or currently being implemented in almost all the districts of Nepal. These developments have been undertaken in response to local needs and in partnership with the Government of Nepal.