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In the last year, Aravind Eye Hospitals have examined over 45,000 outpatients from Andhra Pradesh, and over 17,000 patients underwent surgeries, with over 70% of them receiving high quality eye care at steeply subsidized rates or free of cost. Most of these patients come to Aravind for speciality eye surgeries which are complex and are provided at reasonable charges or at subsidised cost for those who belong to poor socioeconomic groups. Many of them have to come for several review visits following surgery and the cost involved in the travel makes the entire treatment cycle expensive for many. Recognizing the hardships that these patients have to face to access the hospital, Aravind was very keen to establish a hospital closer to their homes, in one of the bordering districts of Andhra Pradesh. With support from Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, the dream is being materialised now as the foundation stone was laid for Sri Venkateswara Aravind Eye Hospital in Tirupati.

Retinoblastoma is the eye cancer that affects children less than seven years of age. While the disease by itself is serious in nature, timely diagnosis, appropriate treatment and regular follow-up can save vision and lives of children. On the occasion of World Retinoblastoma Awareness week, Aravind centres at Madurai and Coimbatore organized a meet of disease survivors, which turned out to be an emotional and motivating event.

Continuing the mission of making eye care easily accessible even to the rural masses, Aravind opened vision centre at Palladam, thus taking the total number of centres to 63.

News about these and many more feature in this issue.



AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
Dr. KTK Lifetime Achievement Award for Dr. R.D. Ravindran
Chennai, May 10
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Rotary Club of Chennai – IT City presented Dr.KTK Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr.R.D.Ravindran.
SPECIAL EVENTS
Aravind in Tirupati
Tirupati, May 21

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Aravind’s seventh tertiary care facility is to be opened in about two years at Tirupati. Foundation stone for this facility was laid by Dr.N.Chandrababu Naidu in the presence of senior management team of Aravind.

Over the years, Aravind has built good will and trust amongst patients coming from bordering districts of Andhra Pradesh. A number of patients from southern part of the state especially Chittoor, Cuddapah, Nellore, Anantapur, and ongole have been visiting Aravind Eye Hospitals to avail quality eye treatment. This number is increasing year after year. This facility will provide easier access to those already coming and an opportunity to serve eye care needs for the 14 million population of Chittoor, Nellore, Cadapa, Anantapur and neighbouring districts.
NEWS AND EVENTS
Opening of Palladam Vision Centre
Palladam, May 8

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Aravind Eye Hospital - Tirupur opened its Vision Centre at Palladam which is about 21 kms from the base hospital. The centre was inaugurated by PMJF Lion A. Ranganathan, in the presence of Dr.Kalpana Narendran, Senior Medical Officer, Aravind Eye Hospital, Coimbatore. Dr.V.R.Vivekanandan and Dr.Rodney J.Morris welcomed the gathering and briefed them about the functions of vision centre. Lions and Rotary club members attended the function.
Celebrating International Nurses Day
Aravind – Tirunelveli, May 12

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Aravind-Tirunelveli for the second time, celebrated Nurses Day in a grand manner. Competitions such as Poetry writing, Pencil Sketching and Quiz were organized in which the nurses participated with great enthusiasm. On May 16, a special programme was arranged for which Ms Usha Raman, Principal, Sri Jayendra Golden Jubilee Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sankar Nagar was invited as the Chief Guest. Mr.Ganpathy Subramanian, teacher and an excellent orator was also invited. Ms.Usha Raman and Mr.Ganapathy Subramanian gave an inspiring speech and were appreciating the service rendered by the Aravind nurses. Prizes were distributed by Usha Raman to the winners.
Observing Retinoblastoma Awareness Week
Aravind, May 13- 20

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Aravind – Madurai organized awareness exhibition and family meet of the affected children. At the family meet, 18 families participated. Children were entertained with various games and fun programmes. Visit to Aurofarm and Nithyatha was also organized.

At Aravind – Coimbatore, 130 Retinoblastoma survivors along with their immediate families participated. Pedigree charts were prepared by the post graduates. Blood samples were collected from the patients and the family members for genetic testing, to be done free of cost. Games and magic show kept the children engaged.
Valedictory Function of Kodai Kondattam 2017
Aravind – Madurai, May 20

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The ten-day summer camp for staff children came to an end on May 20. Close to 60 children attended the camp this time which included treks, crafts, swimming, Yoga, science experiments, and various entertainment activities
CONFERENCES ATTENDED ELSEWHERE
Annual Conference of US – Association for research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Baltimore, US, May 7-11
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Mohammed Hussein
- Identification and characterization of variants and a novel 4bp deletion in the regulatory region of SIX6, a risk factor for Primary Open Angle Glaucoma.

He also visited the research facility at National Eye Institute (NEI), Bethesda and presented his work.
TRAINING PROGRAMMES

Enrolments for May 2017 at Aravind Eye Care System

Course title
Training Centre
Enrolments for May 2017
Residency Programmes
Diplomate of National Board
Coimbatore
5
Pondicherry
6
Long Term Fellowship Programmes - For Ophthalmologists
Fellowship in Anterior Segment / Intraocular Lens Surgery
Coimbatore
1
Cornea
Madurai
1
Pondicherry
1
Glaucoma
Coimbatore
1
Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus
Tirunelveli
1
Coimbatore
1
Short Term Courses - For Ophthalmologists
Lasers in Diabetic Retinopathy
Coimbatore
2
Madurai
2
Pondicherry
1
Phacoemulsification
Pondicherry
1
Madurai
2
Short term training in vitrectomy
Coimbatore
1
Management of ROP and retinal disorders
Coimbatore
1
Small Incision Cataract Surgery
Tirunelveli
2
Madurai
1
Coimbatore
2
Short Term Courses - For Paramedicals
Fundus Fluorescein Angiography and Ultrasonography
Madurai
1
Training for Ocularist
Madurai
1
Instrument Maintenance Course - Non Clinical
Instrument Maintenance Course - For Ophthalmologists
LAICO
1
PUBLICATIONS
  • Shah MH, Tabanera N, Krishnadas SR,  Manju R, Paola B, Sundaresan P. Identification and characterization of variants and a novel 4 bp deletion in the regulatory region of SIX6, a risk factor for primary open-angle glaucoma. Mol Genet Genom Med. 2017 [Epub]
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  • Tin Aung, Mineo Ozaki4*, Mei Chin Lee1,5*, Ursula Schlötzer-Schrehardt6*, Gudmar Thorleifsson7*, Takanori Mizoguchi8*, Robert P. Igo Jr.9*, Aravind Haripriya10*, et al. Genetic association study of exfoliation syndrome identifies a protective rare variant at LOXL1 and five new susceptibility loci. Nat Genet. 2017 May 29. [Epub]
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  • Hemadevi B, Prajna NV, Srinivasan M, Sundaresan P. Genetic Perspective of Corneal Endothelial Dystrophies. JSM Genet Genomics 2017;4:1026.
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  • Vengadesan N, Ahmad M, Sindal MD, Sengupta S. Delayed follow-up in patients with diabetic retinopathy in South India: Social factors and impact on disease progression. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2017 May;65(5):376-384.
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  • Prabu B, Bhandari S, Govindarajan MV. Posterior Vitrectorhexis: A Surgical Modification for Intraocular Foreign Body Removal through Limbal Route. Retin Cases Brief Rep. 2017 Jun 7. [Epub]
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  • Odayappan A, Shivananda N, Seema R, Tiruvengada Krishnan, Sivagami N, Smitha K. A retrospective study on the incidence of post-cataract surgery Descemet's membrane detachment and outcome of air descemetopexy. Br J Ophthalmol. 2017 Jun 13. [Epub]
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AUROLAB NEWS
Guest Lectures
Aurolab, May 27, 2017

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Mrs.Kowsalya Srinivasan, Principal - Akshara School handled a session on effective parenting to all parents with children below the age of 12 years on May 27. The parents felt the session very useful to them.
Healthcare Awareness Talks

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Dr.Arun, Gastroenterologist from Velammal Medical College handled the session on liver disorders on April 28.  He touched upon the various liver diseases and ways to prevent the same. Participants felt the session very useful.

Dr.Satish Kumar – Urologist from Velammal Medical College Hospital and Research Institute handled the session on kidney diseases on May 20. He spoke about the causes of kidney stones and possible ways to prevent the disease.
Orientation Session on Aurolab Products
Aravind – Coimbatore, May 26-27

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Aurolab conducted an interactive programme to orient the nurses on the uses and features of its products. The session was truly informative as it gave an in-depth understanding on each product, which enables the staff to do effective counselling to the patients. Use of videos and illustrations made the whole programme interesting. Quiz conducted as part of this evoked great response from the audience.

Note : Performance Statistics will be updated soon as soon as it is ready in the new comprehensive format

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