We are excited to announce that our first micro grant award has been awarded with the goal of improved screening of vision issues for children in Dhulikhel, Nepal. A team led by Raju Kaiti has been awarded ~$870 to purchase age-appropriate vision screening tools. Raju is an optometrist at Dhulikhel Hospital and also studying for his masters degree. The vision tools will be used to establish the prevalence of vision issues being presented in the clinic, they will also be used in a cross-sectional study at nearby schools. The study will be approved by an ethics review board before any data is collected. Results are expected to be published within the peer reviewed literature within one year. He is joined by Resha Maharjan who is a nursing student, and Dr. Pooja Shrestha who is a lecturer in the Department of Ophthalmology. The principal faculty investigator of Dr. Purnima Rajkarnikar Sthapit, Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology.
The proposal is available online (PDF) and has a full title “Pattern of refractive error and prevalence of visual impairment due to uncorrected refractive error among the pediatric patients attending the Ophthalmology Department of Dhulikhel Hospital.”
Thank you everyone for making this possible with your donations. Recipients are expected to share updates with WOV and we will pass those on.