Inauguration of Prayana
Angaadi at Aravind
Enhancing Eye Care Delivery in the Underserved Regions
Dr. G. Venkataswamy Endowment Award Presented to Dr. Gullapalli N Rao
Hospital Day Celebrations
Educating the Public on Eye Care

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Inauguration of Prayana
Aravind - Madurai, January 9
Prayana - A Museum of Library at Aravind was inaugurated in the premises of Aravind Library and Information Centre. The centre was inaugurated by Pamela C Sieving, Former Biomedical librarian/Informationist, NIH Library Bethesda, & Bette Anton, Librarian Emerita, University of California, Berkeley in the presence of senior leadership team of Aravind. The museum holds rare pictures right from the beginning of Aravind Eye Care System, manuscripts, old equipment and instruments used for diagnostic purposes.
 
Angaadi at Aravind
Madurai, October 11
Angaadi - the great charity fest was organised by Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai for staff and their family members. As the very name suggests (Angaadi translates to “Market”), this was a unique shopping experience - items in sale pooled in by the staff which they wanted to give away for charity. The special mandate was that whatever they give away has to be in such a condition that they will not hesitate to buy it themselves. Employees were also encouraged to bring in new items as well, which are not of use to them, for some reasons or the other. Food courts (with delicacies prepared in-house as well as donated by employees) and entertainment stalls were also arranged to keep the visitors engaged. The highlight of the entire initiative was that the proceeds from the sales of these items would go to the Jammu and Kashmir Flood Relief Fund.
 
Enhancing Eye Care Delivery in the Underserved Regions
LAICO, October 31- November 1
It is estimated that in India over six million cataract surgeries are done annually, resulting in a Cataract Surgical Rate (CSR)of about 5,000. While such a CSR rate is very impressive, especially amongst the developing countries, we have to recognize that about half of the states and districts would be performing less than this average, with some of the districts with very low performance. A more serious implication of this is the fact that the people in those districts, for no fault of theirs are denied the eye care that they need. The time has come to act again to address the disparity in services across districts. The workshop “Serving the Underserved Regions through District Planning 2.0” deliberated on the ground realities and practical challenges faced by underserved districts and develop an appropriate intervention model that could be deployed for enhancing eye care delivery in the states of Assam, Tripura, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa and Karnataka. The participants included major eye care providers from these states, representatives from Ministry of Health, senior representatives from the National Program for the Control of Blindness (NPCB), Govt. of India and various States as well as haeds of INGOs and representatives from V2020. The workshop sponsored by Centre for Innovation in Public Systems (CIPS), Sightsavers, V2020 India and Seva Foundation, USA.

As part of the workshop, Dr. Jayanti S Ravi, a senior IAS officer and Labour Commissioner, Govt. of Gujarat shared her thoughts on Dr. G. Venkataswamy, the founder of Aravind Eye Hospitals, through a blended genre of music and stories. The programme held at Aravind’s research institute was truly profound and it gave an opportunity to reflect on Dr. V in a totally philosophical manner.
 
Dr. G. Venkataswamy Endowment Award Presented to Dr. Gullapalli N Rao
Aravind Madurai, October 1
The sixth Dr. G. Venkataswamy Aawrd was presented to Dr. Gullapalli N Rao, Chair of Eye Health, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad at a glittering ceremony held at Aravind – Madurai. Mr. G. Srinivasan presented the award in the presence of senior leaders of Aravind. Dr. R. Krishnadas read the citation. Dr. Rao gave the oration titled, Dr. Venkataswamy’s Vision: Banish Blindness. Special Kuchipudi performance by Ms. Sandhya Raju was also organized as part of the ceremony.

At a special ceremony organized on October 3, Ms. Sandhya Raju along with Ms. Shoba Korambil gave an exciting Kuchipudi performance for the entire staff of Aravind – Madurai. The staff truly had a rejuvenating experience.
 
Hospital Day Celebrations
Aravind Madurai, September 20
Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai celebrated its 38th annual day with a variety of programmes. Mr. Ponraj, Technical Advisor to the erstwhile President of India Honourable Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was the chief guest for the function. Service awards were distribute to staff members. Dr. G. Venkataswamy Endowment Gold Medal was given to the topscorers of MS and DO examinations. The inaugural Prof Dr. VR Muthukkaruppan Endowment Award was presented to Mr. Mohammed Razeel, senior research fellow of AMRF. The cultural programmes organized truly captivated the minds and hearts of the audience.
 
Educating the Public on Eye Care
Madurai Friday, 22 Aug 2014
Aravind Eye Care System regularly organizes eye care awareness exhibition in its various centres on different occasions. A grand 3-day eye care exhibition is being held at Aravind – Madurai that focuses on the students and general public. The exhibition was inaugurated by the District Collector, Sri L. Subramanian in the presence of senior Aravind leaders on August 22, 2014. Around thirty stalls are put up by the different clinics and departments, mainly aimed to educate the people on common eye diseases and treatments. The exhibition will come to an end on August 24.

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