Siliguri Greater Lions Eye Hospital (SGLEH) is a registered non-profit, non Govt. premier philanthropic organization in North Bengal. The services rendered by SGLEH are open to all, irrespective of caste, creed and nationality. Supported by International Charity, Government Departments, Local NGOs and Lions Members, SGLEH provides eye care which is affordable and accessible for blind and visually impaired of eastern India.
Sight saving work of Siliguri Greater Lions Eye Hospital focuses on bringing quality eye services through its network of tertiary, secondary and primary eye care centers. It invests substantially in upgrading infrastructure, adopting latest technology and building capacity of eye care personnel in Eastern India. Together with its partners, the organization has for the past 35 years, helped protect the eyesight of lakhs of people and moved from strength to strength to an outstanding height.
The SGLEH aims to become a Centre of Excellence in Eastern India. With the already existing tertiary eye care centre it has now come up with a unit 2 state of art speciality eye care centre which is also the biggest eye care institution in the North Eastern region with the aim to cater to a larger audience in preventing avoidable blindness and stand up as a role model in the eye care sector of the country.
Following are few important objectives for achieving its long-term goal:
- Develop as a Master Training Organization in the region coming up as a Research based, Learning and Training Centre to commence various short and long-term training courses to build capacity of ophthalmic and paramedical personnel and eye hospitals of Eastern Region. The organization also plans to provide short term trainings, Seminars, Workshop and help in capacity building of other eye health care support professionals in the region through a robust training methodology imparted by a highly skilled trainer workforce.
- Expand eye care service delivery in under-served areas through improving and upscaling the Outreach activities. Creating networks and bringing in community stakeholders both formal and informal to create synergy in information dissemination to reach to them who are yet unreached in preventing avoidable blindness.
- Set-up new secondary eye care Vision Centres to increase the uptake and reach to major settlements in the region where access to eye care is grim and accelerated amount of ignorance keeps eye care secondary in their behaviour.
- Continuously upscale full-fledged specialty departments Including – Vitreo Retina, Paediatric Eye Care, Low Vision, Cornea, Oculoplasty and Glaucoma through continuous training, capacity building of doctors and staff, bringing in faster and more accurate equipment to ease the eye care process.
- Initiate qualitative, clinical and operational research on various eye care related issues for improving uptake of eye care services and establish an online eye care research portal which can cater as an opensource information centre and would translate field information and experience into valuable primary source research materials, training manuals, online quetionaire and e-learning modules.