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Department of Public Health


The Department of Public Health (DPH) works to implement the networks’ aim to make high quality eye care available to all sections of the society, regardless of their economic, social, or geographical status.


Who We Are

As a team, we strive to make a difference in the accessibility of quality eye care to all who need it. The ethos of the DPH is to create and implement financially and operationally sustainable models of care delivery in the community, as well as at the primary and secondary levels.

The DPH also represents SCEH, and the work being done across the network, at national and international platforms such as the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, where leaders from the public health for eye care industry engage in scientific discussion and debate, learn from each other, and collaborate.

At present, the ambit of the department encompasses Community Ophthalmology, Public Health Research, Projects and Outreach Activities, Secondary Centers, Primary Care and Geographical Growth Strategies.

Our Experts

Our Team

  • Shyamanta Bijoy Neog
    Senior Manager -Public Health and Projects
  • Hammad
    Manager- Public Health and Projects
  • Ishaana Sood:
    Manager- Public Health Research
  • Gopala Krishna
    Manager – Non-Clinical Trainings and Management Training Academy
  • Naval Chauhan
    Deputy Manager, Lead – Delhi Vision Centres and Cataract Program Sustainability SCEH Network
  • Birendra Pratap Singh
    Deputy Manager- Lead – Community Optometry -SCEH Network
  • Mohd Javed
    Assistant Manager- Public Health Research
  • Zeeshan A. Siddiqui
    Assistant Manager, Lead – Pediatric Community Operations – SCEH Network
Research Health Programe _Shroff Eye Hospital

Our Routine Programs

In the community, through a door-to-door screening program in villages, supported by Standard Chartered Bank and Combat Blindness International. We also conduct outreach camps to provide screening to adults.

Through door-to-door screening in urban slums, supported by organizations like USAID, Seva Foundation and Cognizant Foundation. We also conduct school screening programs, supported by organizations like Orbis, Seva Foundation, Relaxo Footwears, Mission For Vision and CBM. 

Through our 66 vision centers located in rural areas and urban slums in north India, we provide comprehensive primary eye care to people, close to their doorstep. These centers provide affordable glasses and a timely referral and are connected with our tertiary center at Delhi by teleophthalmology services. These vision centers have been supported by our various partners- SCB, CBM, Seva foundation, Orbis

In certain regions with difficult access like Uttarakhand and interiors of Uttar Pradesh, we provide primary eye care using our mobile van model, supported by Seva Foundation and ITC

At transport hubs with the support of the EICHER Foundation, to close the loop of eye and ear care for this nomadic population.

Aadya Initiative in collaboration with Combat Blindness International empowers women to eradicate existing blindness and visual impairment in the community.


We conduct a one-year fellowship in eye care management. This includes teaching how to manage eye care facilities and community-based programs through projects based learning at Delhi and our secondary centers.

Patient Stories

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Vision and faith restored

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The department engages in operations, health economics and financing, social and epidemiological research. We conducted a Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB)-7, supported by a research grant from the Peek Vision Foundation, in Lakhimpur. In the same region, presently a study supported by Livelihood Impact Fund, to assess the willingness to pay for presbyopic glasses is ongoing.


  • The economic and social costs of visual impairment and blindness in India :

    Wong, Brad; Singh, Kuldeep; Khanna, Rohit K; Ravilla, Thulasiraj; Shalinder, Sabherwal; Sil, Asim; Dole, Kuldeep; Jain, Elesh; Chase, Heidi. Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
  • Strategies for cataract and uncorrected refractive error case finding in India:

    Costs and cost-effectiveness at scale. Brad Wong, Kuldeep Singh, Rohit C. Khanna, Thulasiraj Ravilla, Subeesh Kuyyadiyil, Shalinder Sabherwal, Asim Sil, Kuldeep Dole, Heidi Chase, Kevin D. Frick. The Lancet Regional Health - Southeast Asia1
  • Primary eye care in India – The vision center model :

    Rohit C Khanna, Shalinder Sabherwal, Asim Sil, Mohammed Gowth, Kuldeep Dole, Subeesh Kuyyadiyil, Heidi Chase- Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
  • Visual Acuity Screening in North Indian Schools:

    Testing Accuracy and Cost of Alternate Screening Models Sabherwal, S., Adhisesha Reddy, P., Siddiqui, Z., Sood, I., Singh, B. P., Ganesh, S., Majumdar, A., & Bassett, K. L. (2023. Ophthalmic epidemiology
  • Door-to-door Screening as a New Model Augmenting School Eye Screening:

    Reaching Out to School Age Children in the Midst of a Pandemic Sabherwal, S., Sood, I., Siddiqui, Z., Majumdar, A., Singh, B. P., DasGupta, S., & Ganesh, S. (2022). Ophthalmic epidemiology
  • Exploring the market to establish an advanced surgical community eye hospital :

    Ishaana Sood, Shalinder Sabherwal, Shantanu DasGupta, Naval Chauhan, Anand Chinnakaran, Sathish Nagappan, Suresh Chandra, Madhur Mishra, Mukesh Kumar, Umang Mathur, Ashish Saksena and Arun K Arora- International Journal of Market Research
  • A multicentric cross-sectional study measuring the equity of cataract surgical services in three high-volume eyecare organizations in north India:

    Equitable cataract surgical rate as a new indicator. Sabherwal S, Kuyyadiyil S, Tomar VPS, et al. A multicentric cross-sectional study measuring the equity of cataract surgical services in three high-volume eyecare organizations in North India: Equitable cataract surgical rate as a new indicator. Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
  • Effect of door-to-door screening and awareness generation activities in the catchment areas of vision centres on service utilization:

    Protocol for a randomized experimental study- Shalinder Sabherwal; Anand Chinnakaran; Ishaana Sood ; Gaurav K Garg ; Birendra P Singh; Rajan Shukla ; Priya A Reddy ; Suzanne Gilbert ; Ken Bassett ; Gudlavalleti V S Murthy ; Operational Research Capacity Building Study Group – IJMR Protocols
  • Out-of-School Vision Screening in North India:

    Estimating the Magnitude of Need- Shalinder Sabherwal, Ishaana Sood, Zeeshan Siddiqui, Shantanu DasGupta, Suma Ganesh & Ken Basset – Ophthalmic Epidemiology
  • ROP screening and treatment in four district-level special newborn care units in India:

    a cross-sectional study of screening and treatment rates-Shalinder sabherwal, Clare Gilbert, Allen Foster, Praveen Kumar- BMJ Pediatrics Open


 We believe that eyecare is not just about treating the disease but finding sustainable ways to reach the patients who may not have accessibility. We at SCEH, have supportive partners who help us in reaching our vision and mission. Our screening programmes give employment to many, including women and the lives touched are innumerable.

To be a part of our journey reach us at 011-43524444