Every year, millions of children suffer academically and physically due to undetected hearing and vision problems. These issues can cause them to fall behind in school and struggle to reach their full potential.

To address this challenge, Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP) partnered with UNICEF Pakistan to conduct medical screenings for hearing and vision impairments in 11 government schools across Nowshera, Peshawar, and Kohat districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

Reaching Thousands of Students

The screening program reached a total of 4,682 students, including both Pakistani host students and Afghan students. This extensive effort identified 207 students with hearing and vision problems.

Equipping Students for Success

Thanks to the program, these 207 students received the support they needed. They were provided with eyeglasses (spectacles) to correct vision problems and hearing aids to improve their hearing.

Collaboration is Key

These screenings were conducted by medical consultants, working in close coordination with the KP Elementary & Secondary Education Department. This collaboration was made possible by the UNICEF-funded project “Social and Economic Inclusion of Poor and Vulnerable from Afghan-Hosting Communities.”

A Commitment to Education

The Deputy Secretary Education and District Education Officer of Peshawar played a vital role in distributing the assistive devices to students in Peshawar. This distribution ceremony highlighted the commitment of local authorities to ensuring all students have the tools they need to succeed.

Early detection and intervention can make a world of difference in a child’s education. By working together, we can ensure that all children, regardless of background, have the opportunity to reach their full potential.