Our Services - Capacity Building

To keep the staff updated on latest developments and build their capacities, CHEERS ensures that their staff participate in ongoing Continuing Health Professional Education (CHPE) programs either at the Hospital or other    venues. Various professional development programs related to blindness, low vision, retina, orthoptics, vitro retina, pediatric ophthalmology, Strabismus, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), ENT, Functional Endoscopic Sinus    Surgery (FESS), Basic First Aid and Administration Management have been organized over the years and continue to do so. Senior specialists from prestigious institutions from the Netherlands, the UK, the US and Japan visitedCHEERS in the last six years to build the capacities of the staff. Besides many of the staff members have been sent to other institutions in and outside the country for trainings. There are clinical and community internship/elective programs available for students from certificate to post graduate level at CHEERS. Students (both national and international) have undergone electives/internships in health management care, optometry, audiology, speech pathology, nursing and general medicine at the Hospital. These students acquire defined clinical skills under the supervision of ophthalmologists, ENT specialists, optometrists and audiologists. A total of 4,911 people have been beneficiaries (shown in Table 2) of capacity building programs in the past six years.


Bsc Optometry Internship Students


5th batch of Community Ear Health Worker students

Beneficiaries of Capacity Building Orientation and Training





Health workers


Key Informants




School students


Students (Health assistants, Nursing, Optometrists)


Community Ear Health Workers (CEHW)


CHEERS is engaged in both task shifting (shifting health related tasks to human resources for health with shorter and more specific tasks) as well as task sharing (sharing health related tasks with non-health personnel). Some examples are shown above. The organization has engaged 8,96 Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs), 1221 key informants and 685 school students for various tasks. The number of service users at CHEERS hospital is increasing slowly but steadily. Women outnumber, though marginally, the men in so far as service utilization is concerned. Numbers though impressive do not capture the breadth of work done by CHEERS. Although concerned with number of people they serve, more important for the organization is WHOM they serve and how well they are served, as narrated by the people served. CHEERS has achieved its goal when the quality of life, not just the health of those served, has been changed for the better.