Sightsavers and Inclusivity

Sightsavers has researched on what should be done to make their health programs and projects more comprehensive for people with infirmities. As such, in 2016 and 2017 in Bhopal, they used varied approaches to research on their eye health programs.

 

Recently, they took an n erudition review to capture and amalgamate their experiences aiming to provide a foundation for the projects they plan. From the study, they had vast experience to facilitate the access of their services to marginalized people and groups. Consequently, they learned to upsurge awareness, thoughtful and obligation to inclusion to all their partners based at all levels of their organization. This will stimulate the implementation of their action plan in training, sensitizing those with disabilities to change their attitude on disability. They also learned to enhance their accessibility of health facilities to those with disabilities. Major agreements must be deliberated to generate funds to innovate solutions to overcome the challenges that may be posed by the existing infrastructures and buildings.

 

Further, they learned that there is a need to engage those with disabilities to be part of designing and implementing their programs. Again, people with disabilities must be involved in conducting pieces of training and in leading accessibility audits. This is the key factor in dismantling the disability stereotype and stigma. They also learned to be connected and have a network with stakeholders and reach organizations that they share a similar understanding. This is an avenue for more opportunities and capacity building on inclusivity. They learned the need for teamwork with marginalized groups, as this could be instrumental in their staff adapting, sensitized and opening more opportunities to practice eye screening.

Sightsavers learned to utilize disability-disaggregated data to enhance the change in attitudes and stimulate the needed commitment. The available data on their services accessible to people with disability could stimulate their staff to work on their deliberated action plan. Again, it could help them solicit more stakeholders to collaborate with them in reaching more people with disabilities. Finally, they learned that their target of inclusivity needs persistence, guidance and time. Persistence and patience are key instruments to change, as it is not realized easily. Their staff as such had a great to motivate each other while they are on the journey of inclusivity. As such, their goal of integrating the society and dismantling the attitudes and stigmatization on disabilities would be achieved and make their services accessible to all.