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  Newsletter, January – March 2016  
CEO’s Note
Dear Friends,
A whole year has gone by and we have kept you updated of our progress every quarter with Drishti, our newsletter. I would like to thank you, at the outset, for your constant encouragement and support through the year. We would not have met our goals without it.

As we closed the financial year, all of us at Mission for Vision, worked effortlessly to wind down 2015-16 and draw up plans for the next year. This has involved many visits to programme areas, meetings and discussions with partners, with outreach staff and other team members in MFV itself.
Community Impact Assessment
Between January and March 2016, we surveyed nearly 3600 eyes. 56% of the people screened were women and 44% were men. As always, our Community Impact Assessment done six months after surgery, amongst randomly selected patients shows that 90% of them have visual acuity in the good (6/6 – 6/18) category, in keeping with guidelines stipulated by the WHO.
Inspiring Stories Of Transformation
Niangti Tangpu, 58, lives in Dawki, a remote place in Meghalaya on the border with Bangladesh. Her only source of income is from collecting betel nuts and selling them in the market. When her eyes developed cataracts she had to stop working as she couldn't see clearly anymore. With successful eye surgery, her sight was restored. She is so happy that she shares her experience with other villagers and encourages them to get their eyes checked.
Charan, 9, never informed any one at school or home that he couldn't see too well. In class, in the local school on the outskirts of Bengaluru, he somehow managed to get through his lessons with help from his friends. The free eye screening camp under the Mission Roshni initiative identified his eye problem. Charan was prescribed spectacles and is now progressing well in his school activities.
Pratapsingh Rana, 76, is the sole bread-winner in his family consisting of his daughter-in-law and grandchildren. As an auto rickshaw driver in Anand district, Gujarat, his deteriorating eyesight affected his driving and therefore his earnings. After his eyes were operated upon for cataracts, he has been able to get back to work fully and increase his earnings.
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