To address pertaining eye & ear issues among the truck drivers, Driver Care Program is being implemented by Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital (SCEH) and Eicher Group Foundation (EGF) across the country. Joint efforts of EYE & ENT Hospitals, Eicher Group Foundation and SCEH amplify better eye & ear healthcare practice and knowledge among the trucking community, improve accessibility of affordable quality eye and ear healthcare services among truck drivers at major transport areas. Better eye and ear healthcare facilitate better road safety and quality driving.
The programme was started in the year 2016, and since then nearly 1 lakh eye screenings of truck drivers have been done, in almost 1900 screening camps. The programme is delivered by a fleet of 11 mobile screening unit, each of which is well equipped with equipment required for screening and detecting various types of eye disorders. Total coverage of the fleet is 9 states and 50 cities.
West Bengal: Howrah, East Madinipur, North 24 Parganas, Hooghly, Dholagarh, Kolkata
Karnataka: Bangalore, Hosekote, Dbaspete, Tumkur
Through this programme, the team reaches out to more than 2.5 million drivers and truck-community, covering major transport hubs of various cities along golden quadrilaterals and national highways. The initiative will help to create a huge impact on eye and ear health care practice among drivers and improve visual acuity & hearing ability which would also positively influence in reduction of heavy duty truck accidents due to vision and hearing issues pertaining among the truck drivers. There have been periods of satisfaction, the more we ‘reach-out’, the more we feel concerned and urged to bridge the huge gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’.
The programme partners with major eye hospitals in the 8 states to serve as the nodal point to ensure that the drivers who are reached out and identified with eye ailments get quality treatment.
Susrut Eye Foundation and Research Centre, Kolkata (West Bengal)
AkhandJyoti Eye Hospital, Patna (Bihar)
Trilochan Netralaya, Sambalpur (Odisha)
Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya, Guwahati (Assam)
Vittala Eye Hospital, Bangalore (Karnataka)
V. Desai Eye Hospital, Pune (Maharashtra)
Arvind Eye Hospital, Salem (TamilNadu)
In addition to this, network is established with various organisations such as Automotive Skill Development Corporation (ASDC), Vision 2020- Right to Sight, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), Driver Training Institutes (DTI) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).