Brief description of the project
A_m_b_l_y_o_p_i_a_ _is also called ‘l_a_z_y_ _e_y_e_’, it’s a disorder of sight. It involves decreased vision in an eye that otherwise appears normal, or out of proportion to associated structural problems of the eye. There is much more damage to or impact on vision in that eye than is predicted. This disorder has been estimated to affect 1–5% of the population. The project’s scope is to visit one primary school in Bahrain and examine 200 kids. Since it’s a Community Service project, no revenue is expected.
Our team shall conduct screening in a primary school “Abdurrahman Kano International” to help diagnose early stages of this disease. This session will be a pilot, if successful to be proposed to the Ministry of health to become a nationwide program.
The aim of this study is to raise awareness in the public for the overall vision care in Bahrain. Detecting cases and treating them in time will save vision for the population and improve the quality of life for countless generations to come.
Factual analysis of success in terms of project objectives and methodologies used
To conduct initial screenings in a public school in Bahrain for 1st graders the screening will be carried in three stages. 1. A vision test for the entire population. Phase 2. Identify any students with vision less than score 6 to advance to the next stage Dry refraction. Phase 3: identify any positive cases of any time of refractive errors to be referred to Salmanya Hospital.
To elevate the awareness of the general vision health and educate the kids
End result of this program will lead to Zero present of Amblyopic in Bahrain.
- Study Area: Primary School
- Study Subjects: 1st graders in Abdulrahman Kanoo Elementary School in Bahrain
- Study design: Case-control and triage of patients by a practicing licensed in Bahrain Optometrist.
- Sample Size: 200 kids
- Sampling technique: Three stages of screenings using state of the art calibrated and certified Medical Equipment.
- Data Collection methods: three phase Screening that will identify and segregate the entire targeted population
Advice for future teams doing similar projects
In charity projects such as ours Education and planning plays a vital role in the team commitment, which in turn will guarantee success.
In such projects many factors can go wrong it is essential to develop a micro detailed Risk assessment plan to manage any risks associated with the project as well as securing all compromises and contingencies needed to ensure success and smooth completion.
Checks and balances very important to measure and track before the project, in preparation stages and during the execution of the project.
Time line and deadlines must be realistic and synchronized with project scope and objective. Best starting point is during the brainstorming stage to keep in mind the time line achievable goals.
Select the right project manager with a bird’s eye view vision that can give freedom for creativity and still monitor the overall scope and progress.
Two or three lessons learned about managing projects
Legality of our project and securing all permits and licensing helped the success of the project from the initial stage.
Kids Friendly Team members the female motherly presence factor Helped secure total cooperation of the kids in the screening and assured smooth execution. Special thanks to Manal and Nujood from our team.
Passion and Team Commitment about the cause and the project overall objective Gave us tremendous will power to never give up and succeed.
Useful references and Photos:
- Amblyopia Kids Network http://www.amblyopiakids.com
- Results-An Evaluation of Treatment of Amblyopia in Children 7 & until 18 Years Old (ATS3) https://www.nei.nih.gov/ats3/background
- Mayo Clinic http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/lazy-eye/basics/causes/con-20029771