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MCI’s Prestigious Honour for Dr. P Sundaresan
Aravind Receives Madurai Management Association Award
Special honour for Prof.VR.Muthukkaruppan
Hospital Day Celebrations
Aurolab Celebrates Silver Jubilee
BMJ Award for Aravind Eye Care System
Dr. P. Namperumalsamy Honoured with Forbes Award
Angaadi 2016
JagritiYatris at Aravind
Proud Moment for Aravind Glaucoma Team
Inauguration of Cancer Genetics Centre
MLOP Alumni Meet
Aravind Eye Care System Honours
Phacoexcel 2016
Titles Awarded at KundrakudiThiruvannamalai Mutt
Aravind Eye Hospital- Winner of OPPI Healthcare Access Award 2016
70th Independence Day Celebration
Tele-e-Health
Vision Day
Vision Day-Aurolab
UP Government Team Visits
A Press Meet to Release the Research Finding on Cataract
Inauguration of 59th Vision Center
CME on Infectious Uveitis at Salem
International Yoga Day Aurolab
International Yoga Day
57th Vision Centre
Second CPE for Standardized Accounting System
RELOAD Phacoemulsification Workshop
Senior Team from SERI (Singapore Eye Research Institute) Visits Aravind
11th Batch of Government Officers Visit Aravind
KodaiKondattam
Farm Fest Award for Aravind – Pondicherry
Lending Support to Flood-hit Chennai
Exhibition of Artworks of Perumalda
Prof Allen Foster Honoured with Dr. G. V Endowment Award
National Eye Donation Fortnight Programme
63rd Annual Conference of Tamil Nadu Ophthalmic Association
Launch of Infinite Vision (Tamil)
Equipping Vision Centres to Detect Specialty Diseases: AECS-Bosch Initiative
Geneva Forum for Health Award for Aravind Eye Care System
Aravind Pays Respect to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
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
Angaadi at Aravind
Enhancing Eye Care Delivery in the Underserved Regions
Puthiya Thalaimurai Award for Dr. G. Natchiar
Kodai Kondattam 2014
Latest Vision Centre at Kadayam Opened
Aravind Hosts the Annual Meeting of SightLife
Aravind Hosts the 8th Annual Meet of the WAEH
Enhanced Technology for Cataract Surgery
Navarathri Celebrations
ICON Award for Dr. G. Natchiar
Dr. G. Venkataswamy Endowment Award Presented to Dr. R. Pararajasegaram
AUROUTSAV 2013
FNAMS Awarded to Dr. M. Srinivasan
Rustom Ranji Oration Award for Dr. R.D Ravindran
ICMR Award for Aravind Scientists
Dr. Joseph Gnanadickam Memorial Oration Award for Dr. Ramakrishnan
Aravind Pays Tribute to Swami Vivekananda
International Retinoblastoma Awareness Week
Rotary and Lions Awards Presented to Dr. G. Natchiar
Aravind Tirunelveli Celebrates its Silver Jubilee
Pongal at Aravind
Aravind 2020 The Way Forward
Sitaram Jindal Prize for Aravind Eye Care System
Dr. P. Namperumalsamy Receives the Prestigious AAO Award
PHACOEXCEL 2012
GLAUCONS 2012
Creating Awareness on World Sight Day
Dr. Alan Lee Robin Receives Dr. G. Venkataswamy Endowment Award
Aravind Pondicherry Wins Award for Best Patient Safety Initiatives
Workshop on Research Methodology
Independence Day Celebrated at Aravind
8th Annual Conference of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight India
EYEXCEL 2012
National Workshop on Achieving Excellence in Eye Care Delivery
Young Achiever Award for Dr. Karthick Srinivasan
AAO Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award for Dr. P. Namperumalsamy
Aravind Opens its Tenth Hospital
Hermes Award for Aravind Eye Care System
Aravind Opens Yet Another Eye Care Centre
Distinguished Service Award for Dr. M. Srinivasan by APAO
Graduation Day for the Staffs Tiny Tots
Wide Response to PRISM 2012
Alexandra Health Team at Aravind
Visveswaraya Eminent Engineer Award for Mr. G. Srinivasan
An Evening with a Perfect Blend of Different Cultures
Infinite Vision Unveiled
International Symposium on Diabetic Retinopathy and Retinal Vascular Diseases
Jagriti Yatris at Aravind
Aravind Wins Indias Most Innovative Hospital Award
Aravind' s Chairman at The Kings Fund Annual Conference 2011
Aravind's 40th Vision Centre
Grand Opening of Aravind - Salem
Workshop on Eye Care Research Priorities for India
Workshop on Patient Safety for Aravind Eye Hospitals
Inauguration of Nithyatha
Dr.Marilyn T Miller Receives Dr.G.Venkataswamy Endowment Oration Award
LAICO Wins FICCI Healthcare Award
Inauguration of Srivilliputhur Vision Centre
Dr. S.R. Rathinam Elected as Fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences
IMA Award for Dr. S.R. Krishnadas
Aravind - Tirunelveli Hosts "Nellai Sandhippu"
TNOA Awards
Aravanar Achievement Award for Dr. G. Natchiar
Best Public Choice Award for Affordable Healthcare Provider
Meritorious Doctor Award for Dr. R. Ramakrishnan
IIRSI Gold Medal for Dr. R.D. Ravindran
Dr. R. Ramakrishnan receives Dr. K. S. Sanjivi award
Aravind again wins NASSCOM Healthcare Award
Vision Award 2011
Heroes of Humanity Award for AECS
Award for the Best Implementation of Kalaignar Kapitu Thittam
Another Secondary Eye Care Centre at Tirupur
Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Aravind Eye Hospital
Teacher of Teachers Award for Dr. P. Namperumalsamy
Aravinds New Hospital at Dindigul
Innovative Low Cost Fundus Camera for Aravind
Rhett Buckler Award for Dr. Kim and Team
FICCI Healthcare Excellence Awards 2010 for Aravind
EMPI-Indian Express Indian Innovation Award to Aravind Eye Care System
Dr. R.D. Ravindran becomes Aravinds New Chairman
Dr. G. Natchiar receives Honorary Degree
Vocational Excellence Award to Dr. Usha Kim
Dr. G. Natchiar gets Honorary Degree
Dr. Vs biography would transform youths life: Dr. Abdul Kalam
Hilton Award Ceremony
Congratulations
ASCRS 2010 Film Festival Winner
For the Sake of Honour Awards to Dr. P.N. and Dr. G.N
Dr. R.Venkatesh's research focuses on the equally effective MSICS for Cataract
Hilton Humanitarian Prize for Aravind Eye Care System
Dr. G. Venkataswamy Endowment Oration Award for Dr. Goldberg
TED conference
Aravind Eye Hospital wins the NASSCOM CNBC IT User Award 2009
AMECS Hospital wins an Award
"Atlas of Imaging in Neuro-ophthalmology and Orbit" launched
Pushpagiri Vitreo Retina Institute's Foundation Award
China Honours our Executive Director
eINDIA 2009 Award
Dr.P.Sundaresan awarded ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research
Inauguration of Alandurai Vision Centre
10 years celebration of Rotary Aravind International Eye Bank
Inauguration of Aravinds City Centre
TIFAC - Core Workshop on Flow Cytometry and Its Application in Ophthalmic Research
Padmashree Dr. JS Mahashabde Memorial IAGICEH Award 2008 to Dr. P.N
Health Care and Life Sciences Award to Dr. P.N
Inauguration of Dr. G. Venkataswamy Eye Research Institute
56th Annual Conference of Tamil Nadu Ophthalmic Association
Mr. Poornachandran got DEAF LEADERS Award
17th Annual Meeting of the Indian Eye Research Group (IERG)
Dr. P.N receives award from Apollo Hospitals
President presented BC Roy Award to Dr. PN
PIRAMAL PRIZE FOR ARAVIND
Sangamam'08 - Madurai
Sangamam'08
The Gates Award for Global Health
Dr. Narendran and his team achieved a magnificent feat
The Gates Award for Global Health - Announcement
CME Programme on Paediatric Eye Diseases and Radiology in Paediatrics
"Administrator of the year" - Award to Executive Director Mr. R.D. Thulasiraj
Inauguration of Kurinjippadi primary eye testing centre
Inauguration of Surandai primary eye testing centre
Inauguration of Punjai Puliyampatti primary eye testing centre
Inauguration of Vilathikulam primary eye testing centre
Aravinds online Virtual ophthalmic Academy
Congratulations Sir
31st Annual Day Celebration
Highest Rotary Award for Dr. M. Srinivasan
Inauguration of Madukarai Vision Centre
Training Programme
World Diabetes Day celebration
Inauguration of Kinathukadavu Vision Centre
Launch of Neuro-Ophthalmology Text Book
Launch of MLOPs Training Manuals
Inauguration of Aurolabs new facility
Inauguration of Gandhigram Vision Centre
Dr. P.N receives Antnio Champalimaud Vision Award
District Collector lauds Aravind and accepts the request of Dr. M. S
Book of Manohar Devadoss Released at Madurai
Consultancy Visit : Kandze Peoples Hospital, (Kham Eye Centre), Dartsedo, Eastern Tibet, China
Consultancy Visit : Kilimanjaro Center for Community Ophthalmology, Tanzania, and Al Noor Foundation, Egypt
Sun Foundations Donation to Aravind Eye Care System
Periyanaickenpalayam Vision Centre Inauguration
Visitors from Google Foundation
Visits Abroad
Dr. Abdul Kalam is visiting professor of our Eye Research Institute
Proliferation of Urban Amenities to Rural Areas (PURA) Consultants Meeting
ATN Retreat 2007
CME on Current Practices in Glaucoma
Inauguration of Third Managed Eye Hospital
Intraocular Implant and Refractive Society of India 2007
III Pacific Health Summit
Inauguration of Vision Centre - Marakkanam
Inauguration of Vision Centre - Rameshwaram
The Chief's first Memorial Day
Consultancy Visit
Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award
Conferences Attended Elsewhere
Needs Assessment Visit
Inauguration of Thirukkanur Vision Centre
Ocular Prosthetic Eye Clinic delivers its 1000th Eye
Patients Enrollment for New Treatment Option:
Formal Inauguration of Priyamvada Birla Aravind Eye Hospital
Inauguration of Vision Centers
Visit to Essilor Optical Industry Convention
Highest No of outpatients in a single day
Inauguration of Vision Centers
Chickungunya affects Eyes: Aravind Doctors Articles accepted by Prestigious Journals
Modern Medicare Excellence Inaugural Award
Padma Sri Award 2006
i-connect workshop on Resource Center Collaboration
Management Training for Eye Care Programme Managers
Lifetime Achievement Award for Dr. P. Namperumalsamy
Padmashree for Dr. P. Namperumalsamy
L-Ramp Award
President of India lays foundation stone of Dr. G. Venkataswamy Eye Research Institute - Aravind Medical Research Foundation
Inauguration of Lasik-Zyoptix Centre
Inauguration of Aravind Eye Hospital- Tirupur
Inauguration of Aravinds Community Eye Clinic
Sixth All India Uveitis Conference 2006
World Diabetes Day Celebration
Needs Assessment Visit
Air Jaldi 2006- Wireless Network Summit and Workshop at Dharamsala
Achievement Award
Cornea CME 2006
Consultancy Visit to SEVA Tibet and Kham Eye Centre in Dartsedo
Aravind - Alcon, Centre of Excellence for Cataract Services
President of India Visits Aravind family
Honour for Dr. P. Namperumalsamy
Project Management Training for Eye Care
VISION 2020 Team meets Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia
CME on Ocular Microbiology
CME on Ocular Microbiology
President Abdul Kalam joins Citizens in paying homage to Dr. V
National Workshop on IT applications in Eye Care
Jose Rizal Medal
Inauguration of Aravinds Fifth Vision Centre at Periyakulam
Consultancy visit to China
GLAUCOMA RETREAT 2006
Cornea Retreat
Paul Harris Fellow Recognition
WDF - Diabetes Summit 2006
Agreement on Establishment of Friendly Relations between Wenzhou Medical College and AECS This twin sister agreement has been agreed upon by Eye Hospital, Wenzhou Medical College and Aravind Eye Care System
WISHING YOU A VERY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR 2006
Leadership Retreat 2006
Opening ceremony of Essilor Surfacing Lab
Completing One year Service
World Sight Day Celebrations Eighty percent of all cases of blindness can be prevented or treated; the right to sight can and must be fulfilled. .
Vision Building Workshop for Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital, Amethi
Aravind Eye Hospitals, Theni Launching a New Vision Centre at Bodinayakanur
Aravind Eye Hospital,Madurai received IT Power User Award
Dr. Venkataswamy honoured with National Integration Award
Zyoptix laser treatment centre launched at Aravind

CURRENT NEWS-Archives

MCI’s Prestigious Honour for Dr. P Sundaresan
New Delhi, Tuesday, 28 March 2017
Dr. Sundaresan, Senior Scientist and Head of the Department of Molecular Genetics, Aravind Medical Research Foundation received the Medical Council of India- Hari Om Ashram Alembic Research Award for 2010 from the Honorable President at RashtrapatiBhawan, New Delhi.
Aravind Receives Madurai Management Association Award
Madurai, February 21
Madurai Management Association presented Public Service Excellence Award to Aravind Eye Hospital on the occasion of National Management Day Celebration. Dr.AravindSrinivasan received the Award from M.Shunmugasundaram, President of the Association.
Special honour for Prof.VR.Muthukkaruppan
Visakhapatnam, February 16
Indian Immunology Society honouredProf.VR.Muthukkaruppan Advisor-Research, Aravind Medical Research Foundation at its 43rd annual meeting held on February 16 at GITAM University, Visakhapatnam. He was recognised for his contributions as the founding member, past president and architect of the Society. He was the pioneer in introducing teaching and research programmes in Immunology in Madurai Kamaraj University as early as 1975, the first of its kind in India.
Hospital Day Celebrations
Aravind – Tirunelveli, February 4
Aravind – Tirunelveli celebrated 29th annual day in a grand manner. Chief Guest, Dr.K.Dharmalingam, Director - AMRF gave an inspiring talk and showed a video about AMRF. Dr.P.Namperumalsamy, Chairman - Emeritus, Dr.G.Natchiar, Director - Emeritus, Dr.R.D.Ravindran, Chairman, Dr.Prajna, Chief- Medical Education were the guests of honor. Dr.Maneksha welcomed the gathering. Dr.Padmavathy, Chief - Neuro Ophthalmology Services gave an update on the major happenings in the hospital in the last year. Dr.R.D.Ravindran and Dr.R.Ramakrishnan gave inspiring speeches. As a way of acknowledging their service, cash awards and certificates were distributed to the senior staff members.
Cultural programmes included traditional, folk and contemporary style dances, poem recitation, and instruments playing .Dr.Meenakshi proposed a vote of thanks. Ms.Lakshmi, Manager - HR was the master of ceremony.
Aurolab Celebrates Silver Jubilee
Aurolab, Saturday, 28 January 2017
Twenty five years ago what started as just an IOL manufacturing division, now has diversified to manufacture all essential ophthalmic supplies and indigenous equipment. Aurolab brought down the price of IOLs, making them affordable to the common man and revolutionised the field of cataract surgery by introducing a wide variety of lenses. Today Aurolab manufactures over 200 products in its international standard facility and exports to over 160 countries worldwide. The product range includes intraocular lenses, sutures, pharmaceutical products, surgical blades and equipment.
Mr.Karumuttu.T.Kannan Chairman and Managing Director of Thiagarajar Mills Madurai was the Chief Guest for the silver jubilee celebrations. Dr.D.Ramamurthy, President - All India Ophthalmic Society and chairman, The Eye Foundation, Coimbatore, participated in the event Guest of Honor and delivered the felicitation address. Mr.R.D.Sriram, Joint Managing Directo, welcomed the audience. Dr.P.Balakrishnan, Managing Director presented the 25th year report which captured the growth of the organization from a humble beginning of 10 people to its present size of 800 employees. He also reiterated the main focus of Aurolab being development of necessary products at affordable rates with the best of quality. The silver jubilee souvenirwas released by the chief guest and the first issue was received by Dr.D.Ramamurthy. The event concluded with soulful rendering of songs by Aurolab staff and enthralling dance performance by Mrs.Harsha troupe. Mr. Krishnakumar, Senior Manager, delivered a vote of thanks.
BMJ Award for Aravind Eye Care System
Aravind – Pondicherry, November 19
Aravind Eye Care System was awarded the South Asia BMJ Award for the category Excellence in Medical Education. Dr.Marie Fredrick, Medical Consultant, Paediatric& Squint Services, Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondicherry did all the ground work to present for the award and he received the same on behalf of Aravind.
Dr. P. Namperumalsamy Honoured with Forbes Award
Mumbai, Tuesday, 08 November 2016
Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman Emeritus, Aravind Eye Care System was honoured with Forbes India Leadership Awards (FILA) 2016 - Entrepreneur with Social Impact category at Hotel Trident, Mumbai. The Awards, now in their sixth year, celebrate transformational leadership and corporate excellence and is Forbes India’s most prestigious event. Dr. P. Namperumalsamy has been selected unanimously by the jury as he has taken Aravind Eye Care forward and made a deep-rooted impact on the community.
Angaadi 2016
Aravind – Madurai, December 16
Now in its third year, Angaadi again became a hit, thanks to the whole-hearted dedication and commitment of staff and employees. The charity fest was organized this year too to raise money to help the less privileged. The unique feature is that the items at sale are brought in by the staff members and sod amongst themselves. Mr.G.Srinivasan inaugurated the event, which saw wide participation from all cadres of staff. Proceeds from the sale of goods were donated to Aishwaryam Trust, Kadachanenthal and MS.Chellamuthu Trust, Madurai.
Aishwaryam Trust is well-known for its exceptional service in palliative care to the elderly and destitute while Chellamuthu Trust offers quality psychiatry care and rehabilitates mentally ill people.
JagritiYatris at Aravind
Aravind – Madurai, December 26
This year too, Aravind found place in the travel itinerary of JagritiYatris. Mr.R.D.Thulasiraj and Dr.S.Aravind addressed the gathering and cleared their questions. Song Enga Madura was played which received wide applause from the team. 480 yatris visited Aravind this time. A documentary capturing the unique Aravind model of compassion at work was released on the occasion.
Proud Moment for Aravind Glaucoma Team
Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, 04 - 06 November 2016
Three of Aravind faculty, Dr. S.R. Krishnadas, Dr. R. Venkatesh and Dr. Ganesh V Raman were elected unanimously for the various prestigious positions in the Glaucoma Society of India. Dr. Krishnadas was elected as the President, Dr. Venkatesh as the Treasurer and Dr. Ganesh as the Convenor for the South Zone Glaucoma Education.
Inauguration of Cancer Genetics Centre
Aravind – Madurai, Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Retinoblastoma is the most common intra-ocular tumour of children. Unfortunately half of these are heritable. Aravind has been treating retinoblastoma cases and found very good results in those who presented early. Lot of work has been done at Aravind’s research institute on the gene responsible for retinoblastoma. A lot of mutations have been identified and cost effective methodology has been established to predict this disease in the siblings, offspring and secondary tumours in the same patient, results of which have been published. Now a cancer genetic testing lab has been established at Aravind - Madurai, thanks to the generous contribution made by Mr. ShyamPrakash Gupta and family. Dr. P. Namperumalsamy inaugurated the centre.The facility extends its services to patients beyond Aravind Eye Care System, at an affordable cost.
MLOP Alumni Meet
Aravind – Madurai, 15 - 16 October 2016
For the first time ever in the history of Aravind, senior MLOPs - who are within the system and those who left the organization were called in for a two-day meet at Aravind - Madurai. The programme shared a platform for everyone to come together and meet old friends and cherish old memories. The participants were taken on a tour of the different Aravind facilities. Around 160 MLOPs attended.
Aravind Eye Care System Honours
Aravind – Madurai, Monday, 03 October 2016
Dr.Suzanne . S. Gilbert
Dr.G.Venkataswamy Endowment Award was presented to Dr.Suzanne. S.Gilbert at a spectacular ceremony held at Dr.G.Venakataswamy Eye Research Institute. Mr.G.Srinivasan presented the trophy. Dr.P.Namperumalsamy presented the citation. Dr.Suzanne in her oration titled “Compassion in Action : Living a Life of Service” reminisced about her long term association with Aravind and the leadership qualities of Dr.V. Senior members of Aravind from across the centres attended the function.
Phacoexcel 2016
Aravind – Pondicherry, 12 - 13 November 2016
Phacoexcel conducted at Aravind – Pondicherry received wide applause from both the faculty and participants. Praises still pour in for the successful organizing of this event. Sessions included scientific schedules and workshops. There were around 25 faculty and 280 participants.
Titles Awarded at KundrakudiThiruvannamalai Mutt
Kundrakudi, 21, August 2016
KundrakudiThiruvannamalai Mutt an age -old monastery of South India at Kundrakudi Hills (MayuraGiri) conducted its Maha Guru Puja.In this auspicious celebration GurujiPonnambalamAdigal awarded the titles ‘ManithaneyaMaruthuvaMaamani’ (Gem of Medical Humanism) to Chairman - Emeritus Dr.P.Namperumalsamy, and ‘ManithaneyaMaruthuvaThilagam’ to Director - Emeritus Dr.G.Natchiar appreciating their selfless and enormous medical services.
Aravind Eye Hospital- Winner of OPPI Healthcare Access Award 2016
New Delhi, 19th August 2016
Aravind Eye Hospital was presented with the prestigious OPPI (Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India)Healthcare Access Award 2016 along with the cash prize of Rupees Two Lakhs. The award recognises highest level of contributions of an individual/ institution in the field of access to healthcare, achieved through innovative ideas that address the unmet healthcare needs in India and leadership in patient safety and quality care. Dr.R.D.Ravindran, Chairman received the award on behalf of Aravind and shared the success story of Aravind Eye Hospital.
70th Independence Day Celebration
Madurai, Tirunelveli and Tuticorin.
On 15th August 2016 Aravind Eye Hospitals from all the cities celebrated the 70th Independence Day with full vigour. The programme began with flag hoisting by the chief guest followed by the motivational speech to the staff. The Staff from all the cities involved the celebration.
Tele-e-Health
Aravind - Madurai June 19, 2016
Tele-e-Health Conference, a National Conference & Exhibition on eHealth, Telemedicine and Health ICT was held on 18th June 2016 at Madurai by the Telemedicine Society of India, TN Chapter, in association with Indian Medical Association - IMA, Tamil Nadu.
This is the first occasion IMA is working jointly with Telemedicine Society of India to organize a telemedicine conference in India.
The Conference had scientific sessions with a focus on broad areas of ICT Technology in Healthcare, Telemedicine Technology, New Age Medical Informatics - Tele Education & surgical Informatics, Disruptive models in delivering healthcare along with Demonstration & Exhibition on Telemedicine technology, Digital medical devices, remote diagnostics, video communication, Wearable sensor devices, Biosensors, etc.
The Guest of honor was Ms. Geetha Lakshmi, Vice Chancellor of Dr.MGR Medical University. Around 180 participants including doctors, professionals from e Health and telemedicine industry, startups, students across India attended this conference.
As a Patron of the Tamil Nadu Chapter - TSI, Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman Emeritus, delivered the special address on “Telemedicine – Telehealth” at the 1st National Conference & Exhibition on eHealth, Telemedicine & Health ICT at LAICO - 18 June 2016.
Dr. P. Namperumalsamy was presented with “Scroll of Honour” towards his outstanding services in delivering eye care to rural poor through telemedicine.
Vision Day
Aravind, July 07, 2016
Aravind Madurai, Coimbatore, Tirunelveli, Aravind - Pondicherry organized vision day programmes on the Tenth memorial day of our Founder and Chief Dr. G. Venkataswamy. The hospital staff in Madurai, Tirunelveli& Coimbatore joined together in the vision day programme of Madurai through Video Conference. In this programme, Dr.LaljiVora and Mr.Rajagopal shared their memories about Dr.V . M.Os, M.Cs, staff, Fellows, MLOPs and the children of our staff attended this meeting. They expressed that how they are influenced by Dr. V and sang bhajans. A video was prepared about our staff’s experience and sharing about our founder and played in this meeting. Staff paid homage to the beloved founder by observing a moment of silence. Video presentation showing the life history of Dr.V was screened in Pondicherry also. Dr. R. Venkatesh, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. K. Veena, Chief of Paediatric Department, Mr.Poobalan, Manager-Administration, Mrs. Subbulakshmi, Asst. Nursing Superintendent, Dr. MeenaThotakura – shared their experiences at Aravind and thoughts about the Chief. There was a Bhajan performance by the staff. Special flower arrangement was made in the meditation room.
A competition on Dr.G.V Sir’s life history from Vizhivelvi book was conducted for the newly recruited sisters and prizes were distributed.
Vision Day-Aurolab
Aravind, July 07, 2016
Vision day the 10th memorial day of our beloved chief Dr.V was observed in Aurolab. The meeting began with the prayer song, and all the staff paid homage to the beloved chief by observing 2 minutes moment of silence. A video by the name “A Man of the Million” was screened. Mr. RajanGovindasamy – Director MannarThirumalaiNaickar College was invited as Chief Guest, to share his great experiences with Dr.V. The prayer meeting came to an end with Aravind Anthem.
UP Government Team Visits
Aravind Madurai May 19 – 21, 2016
A team of 5 members from State Blindness Control Society, Government of Uttar Pradesh visited Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai. The objective of the visit is to learn about setting up telemedicine supported vision centres in Uttar Pradesh. During their stay they visited Vision centre at Alanganallur and had a detail discussion on the operations of that centre. They also interacted with Our Executive Director Mr R.D Thulasiraj, Vision Centre management team, IT Team, Field workers and Managers of key support systems like Opticals, Stores and Instrument Maintenance. The Ophthalmologists Dr. Sanjay Kumar and Dr. Mohammed Aktar also visited the paying operation theatre to observe cataract Surgeries and the OT flow. The team went back with a commitment of developing a plan for setting up 4 Vision centres in 4 districts as a Pilot project.
Dr. Y. K. Patak - State Programme officer, NPCB and Mr H.B Misra – Chief Optometrist interacted with the field workers and MrsShoba- Stores Manager.
A Press Meet to Release the Research Finding on Cataract
Aravind – Madurai, 24 May 2016
A new study conducted by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Aravind Eye Hospital and All India Institute for medical sciences, found that Indian women who cook with biomass fuels such as wood, crop residues and dried dung instead of cleaner fuels such as gas were nearly 50% more likely to have cataracts. This research finding was released in a press meet conducted on 24th May at AEH, Madurai.
Reporters from several English and Tamil Newspapers attended the press meet and the news was published in several major newspapers.
Inauguration of 59th Vision Center
Aravind - Pondicherry, June 3, 2016
The 59th Vision Centre was inaugurated in Thiruvennainallur at Villupuram District by T.D.Balasundaram, Retd. District Education Officer. This is the ninth vision centre of Aravind-Pondicherry.
CME on Infectious Uveitis at Salem
Aravind - Salem 19th June 2016
The CME was organised by Aravind, at Salem in association with Uveitis Society of India & Salem Ophthalmic Association and sixty two participants attended it CME had 3 sessions, 15 talks and 1 quiz in which the the experts from all the Aravind Eye Hospitals and SankaraNethralaya took part. Dr.Manohar Babu (CMO – AEH Salem) inaugurated the event with a warm welcome. The sessions were handled by Dr.Manohar Babu, Dr.S.R.Rathinam, Dr.Anuradha, Dr.Radhika, Dr.Balamurugan, Dr.GirishBaliga, Dr.Sudharshan (SN) &Dr.ParthoprathimMajumder (SN). Dr.Rathinam
- Is it tuberculosis or not? Half the job is done!
- West Nile virus retinitis in the land of vaigai!
Dr. Manohar Babu
- The grand old Corticosteroids in uveitis
- Limelight on headlight in a fog!
Dr.Radhika
- Hansen’s uveitis is still there!
- Spiralling the spirochaete
Dr.BalaMurugan
- Aggressor- Retina gone for necrosis!-
- Illumination on Toxocara
Dr.Anuradha
- Never give up! Vitreous tap and AC tap in infectious uveitis
- Nuances in discerning infective from non-infective uveitis
Dr. Girish V Baliga
- 15 Presumed Rickettsial uveitis in the steel city!
International Yoga Day Aurolab
Aurolab, June 17- 18, 2016
International Yoga Day is celebrated internationally on 21st June 2016. As part of the Welfare Activity for Aravind staff, the HR Department organised a Yoga Awareness Session for its staff members. The basic yoga techniques were taught and the participants found the session very useful to them.
International Yoga Day
Aravind - Pondicherry June 21, 2016
On behalf of International Yoga Day, Aravind - Pondicherry invited volunteers from Isha Yoga. They explained the importance of yoga through video and it’s the benefits. Around 75 staff participated in the programme.
57th Vision Centre
R S Mangalam, February 29
Aravind’s 57th Vision Centre was inaugurated at R.S.Mangalam by Dr. A.Kowsalya, Medical Consultant, Aravind Eye Hospital - Madurai. Mr.R.MeenakshiSundaram - Senior Manager Outreach, Dr.Jothi, Medical officer, AEH and Mr.Ramesh - camp organizer attended the inaugural ceremony. Various community leaders were also present during the occasion. 170 patients were examined on the inaugural day. Eye health field workers Mr.Anbarasan, Mr.Rajapandian and Mr.Arjunan took charge of publicity efforts.
Second CPE for Standardized Accounting System
Aravind – Madurai, Saturday, 12 March 2016
To standardize the accounting process across all hospitals and to ensure error free, accurate and timely reports to management, a CPE was arranged for the accounting staff of Aravind Eye Care System. The participants were also provided exposure and training on the new initiatives planned for the fiscal year 2016-17.Thirty five participants took part in the CPE.
RELOAD Phacoemulsification Workshop
Aravind – Madurai, March 26-27, 26 - 27 March 2016
The RELOAD phacoemulsification (Review Learning on Advancement and Development) workshop in association with Alcon was conducted at Madurai. Ten of our doctors from Aravind Madurai, Tirunelveli, Pondicherry and Coimbatore participated in this workshop which covered both basics and advances in phacoemulsification including complication management. Other than the lectures and interactive sessions, there was a hands on wetlab session where each of the medical officers performed anterior vitrectomy, managed the posterior capsule rupture and practiced insertion of iris hooks in animal eyes.
Senior Team from SERI (Singapore Eye Research Institute) Visits Aravind
Aravind – Madurai, April 7 - 8
Dr.S.TinAung and Jay Wei from Singapore Eye Research Institute and Dr. CC Khor from Genome Institute of Singapore visited Aravind Eye Care System. They met the senior management team, clinical heads, Aurolab and AMRF faculty and held discussions. Dr. Tin Aung delivered a guest lecture on Update on Angle closure glaucoma. The purpose of their visit was to expand collaboration and partnership between AECS and SERI.
11th Batch of Government Officers Visit Aravind
Aravind – Madurai, April 13-16
Aravind – Madurai hosted the11th batch of Government Officers who come in groups to learn the best practices at Aravind. Mr. BhagabanPadhy, Assistant Director - ISTM accompanied 35 officers in the cadre of Principle Private Secretary (Stenographers) from various ministries.
KodaiKondattam
Aravind Madurai May 2 - 17, 2016
KodaiKondattam - the summer camp for the children of the staff of Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai and Aurolab was organized for two weeks at Aravind-Madurai. 77 children aged between 6 and 14 attended the camp. From 9 in the morning to 5 in the evening, the days were packed with lively activities – that included Oyilattam (a folk dance), Australian football, trekking and swimming. The camp was concluded with a grand valedictory function on Tuesday evening which was attended by all the parents of the children and Aravind senior staff.
Farm Fest Award for Aravind – Pondicherry
Pondicherry
The Department of Agriculture, Government of Puducherry conducted 30th Flower, Vegetable and Fruit show 2016 from 24th to 26th January 2016. Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondicherry participated and won First Prize for Ornamental and Kitchen Garden, as well as Second Prize for Herbal Garden. Certificates and a memento were given by the Department of Agriculture, Puducherry. Staff got First Prize for Vegetable and Fruit Carving second prize for Rangoli. It is for the six consecutive year that Aravind - Pondicherry receives first prize for Ornamental Garden.
Lending Support to Flood-hit Chennai
Madurai
The recent floods that hit Chennai and surrounding areas is one of the worst disasters in the recent past in Tamil Nadu. The fury of nature has been devastating and deadly. Forceful floodwaters washed away everything that came its way - people, cattle, homes, apartment buildings, cars and all that was blocking nature. Millions were still stranded. Chennai and Cuddalore were inundated. In this moment of unspoken tragedy and human suffering, Aravind Eye Care System and Green Walk joined hands to be a catalyst in sending relief materials on behalf of the concerned citizens of Madurai. Almost all the centres of Aravind joined in the relief efforts provided aid to the flood hit areas and rehabilitating people. Relief materials distributed included blankets, dresses, towels, lungi, nighties, mats, sarees, sweaters, rice, grocery packages, milk powder, utensils, stoves, candles, emergency lights, torches, sanitary napkins, mosquito nets and medicines and medical care.
Exhibition of Artworks of Perumalda
Madurai
Artist Perumalda was an admirer of Aravind and had a long association with the organization as a patient of Dr G.Natchiar. When he passed away he left the bulk of his art collection to Aravind!!This year marks his birth centenary and Aravind-Madurai organised an exhibition along with other forms of art immersion. Perumal Da's art exhibition attracted thousands of students and admirers, from the city. Eminent artists like Trotsky Maruthu, M.G.Raffic Ahamed, Manohar Devadas, Babu, Ramanan, Ravi Baskar, Ravikumar (Sri Rasaa) were invited for the art discussions and they involved in demonstration sessions, also. M.G.Raffic did a beautiful demo and presented that painting to the Aravind Eye Hospital. Drawing competitions were held for school children and staff of Aravind. At the art competition held for the staff members, Mr.S.Nagarajan, Polymer Division of Aurolab won 3rd prize.
Prof Allen Foster Honoured with Dr. G. V Endowment Award
Madurai, October 1
Aravind Eye Care honoured Prof Allen Foster, Co-Director of the International Centre for Eye Health as well as the International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine at a spectacular ceremony held at Dr. G. Venkataswamy Eye Research Institute on October 1. Dr. R. D Ravindram welcomed the audience and Mr. R.D. Thulasiraj introduced the awardee. Mr. G. Srinivasan, President – GOVEL Trust presented the Dr. G. Venkataswamy Endowment Award to Prof Allen. Dr. P. Namperumalsamy presented the citation. Prof Allen delivered the oration titled Leadership: Relevance to Eye Health . Prof Allen chairs the Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium Steering Group and is a member of Standard Chartered Bank Eye Innovation Fund Advisory Board. He is a renowned name in the realm of global eye care for more than thirty years. His contributions mainly focused on prevention and treatment of blindness and providing easy access to health services for persons with disabilities. He was deeply involved in eye care projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Allen helped develop training courses in Community Eye Health, in developing countries. His areas of interest include research and education to improve eye care and also healthcare for persons with disabilities, with a focus on low-income countries. The award has been given in recognition of his commitment and outstanding contribution to eye care in the developing world.
Instituted since 2009 in memory of Dr. G. Venkataswamy, Founder Chairman, Aravind Eye Hospitals, the award recognises outstanding professionals in ophthalmology and vision sciences who have taken humanity a step forward towards the goal of elimination of needless blindness in the community. The award is being given every year on October 1, the birth anniversary of Dr. Venkataswamy.
National Eye Donation Fortnight Programme
August 25 – September 8
Eye Donation Fortnight Programme is celebrated every year to create awareness on eye donation amongst the public. Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai inaugurated the fortnight celebrations organising a walk led by blind people. Staff members after blindfolding their eyes participated in the rally from Anna Bus Stand to the hospital following the blind guides. District Collector, Sri. L. Subramaniam inaugurated the walk. Around 250 staff members participated. On the whole, it was a novel experience for the staff as they could realise how hard it is for a blind person to lead a normal life.
63rd Annual Conference of Tamil Nadu Ophthalmic Association
Madurai, July 24-26
Madurai Ophthalmologists Association and Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai jointly organized the 63rd Annual Conference of Tamil Nadu Ophthalmic Association at Velammal Medical College, Madurai. ShriSubrotoBagchi, Chairman, Mindtree, Bangalore was the chief guest who gave the inaugural address. Guests of honour included Sri Muthuramalingam, Chairman – Velammal Medical College and Velammal Group of Educational Institutions and Dr. Revathi Kailairajan, Dean, Madurai Medical College and Govt. Rajaji Hospital. Dr.Nirmal Fredrick, Secretary – TNOA read the annual report of the association. Outgoing president, Dr. D. Ramamurthy distributed awards to the winners of the last year. Dr. K. Premraj, President – TNOA delivered the presidential address. Dr.RevathyKailairajan and Sri Muthuramalingam offered felicitations. Dr. R. Kim proposed a vote of thanks. Around 1100 delegates attended the conference.
Launch of Infinite Vision (Tamil)
Aravind – Madurai, July 11
Aravind – Madurai hosted the release of Tamil version of Infinite Vision at a function organized in the research building. Eminent persons including Mr.ManoharDevadoss, Mr.Suryanarayanan, Madurai Readers Club and Ms.PremalathaPaneerselvam, Principal – Mahatma Schools shared their thoughts on the book and inspired the audience. Dr. P. Namperumalsamy and Mr. G. Srinivasan released the book presenting a copy to each of these dignitaries. The programme was shared via teleconference to all the satellite centres.
Equipping Vision Centres to Detect Specialty Diseases: AECS-Bosch Initiative
Aravind – Madurai, June 11
As a rare blend of technology and medicine Bosch and Aravind Eye Care System have joined hands to provide comprehensive eye care through vision centres. The vision centre would be equipped with an eye camera, the MediBilder software and an automated detection platform. The camera operates on a re-chargeable battery, thus making it lightweight and portable.The findings from the eye camera can be shared over tele-medicine using the MediBilder software. The automated detection algorithm can detect and mark conditions like diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Thus, a patient need not physically travel all the way from his/her place to the hospital as the vision centre serves the purpose. This initiative is expected to enhance quality at primary eye care level especially when it looks for diseases beyond cataract and refractive error.
Geneva Forum for Health Award for Aravind Eye Care System
Geneva, Switzerland, May 19
Aravind Eye Care System was presented with Geneva Forum for Health Award by the Health Practice of McKinsey and Company during the World Health Assembly. The award recognises organization’s innovations in healthcare delivery providing high quality low cost eye care to millions across India. Dr. R.D. Ravindran, Chairman received the award on behalf of Aravind.
Aravind Pays Respect to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

It was with great shock and grief that staff at Aravind received the news of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’s passing away on July 27. Dr. Kalam, a long-time friend of Aravind was familiar to many here that they felt like the loss of their own family member. Staff across the centres assembled to pay homage to this noble soul and great son of India.
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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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.
Puthiya Thalaimurai Award for Dr. G. Natchiar
Chennai, Sunday, July 27
Dr. G. Natchiar was awarded the Tamilan Virudugal Award by the popular television channel Puthiya Thalaimurai for her selfless service in restoring sight to many.
Kodai Kondattam 2014
Aravind - Madurai, May 1-15
Janakiamma Child Care Centre along with the HR Department organized a two week summer camp for employees’ children. Resource persons were roped in to handle sessions like arts and crafts, aerobics, cooking, soft skills development and so on. Children were taken out on various occasions. Valedictory function of the camp was held on May 16. Mrs. Premalatha Paneerselvam, Senior Principal, Mahatma Schools and Ms. Kowsalya Sriniasan, Akshara School were the chief guests. A total of 48 children from 5years and above attended the camp.

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Latest Vision Centre at Kadayam Opened
Kadayam, March 26, 2014
Aravind- Tirunelveli opened its latest vision centre at Kadayam. Dr.R.Ramakrishnan Chief medical officer welcomed the gathering and the centre was inaugurated by Dr.R. Kim- Chief medical officer Aravind, Madurai. Lamp lighting ceremony was performed by Ms Kalyani Paramasivam, Medical Officer, ESI Hospital. Various leaders and key persons in the community gathered for the occasion. On the inaugural day, 92 patients were screened of which 86 were new cases and 6 review cases.
Aravind Hosts the Annual Meeting of SightLife
Aravind Madurai, February 28- March 2, 2014
Aravind Eye Hospital at Madurai hosted the 4th Annual Conference of SightLife, the largest eye bank in North America. Its main focus is developing countries where the need is and currently works with 15 eye bank partners. The 3-day conference from February 28 - March 2 brought together close to 100 experts in the field to evolve ways to build capacities of partner eye banks thereby eliminating corneal blindness globally. Fifteen eye banks from India and six from abroad participated. Rotary Aravind International Eye Bank won the poster competition organized as part of the conference.
Aravind Hosts the 8th Annual Meet of the WAEH
Aravind Madurai, January 21-25
Aravind Eye Care System hosted the 8th annual meeting of the World Association of Eye Hospitals, a global association of eye hospitals and ophthalmology departments of university hospitals from all over the world. During the meeting, members had the opportunity to get connected to each other and exchange information and knowledge about all kinds of topics, like improving the efficiency in the service given to patients or how to continuously develop patient pathways. Around 100 delegates from eye hospitals from 15 countries attended the meet.
Enhanced Technology for Cataract Surgery
Aravind, November 14
Aravind introduced an advanced machine called Centurion Vision System aimed to enhance the efficiency and outcome of cataract surgery. After making an assessment of the advantages of using the machine to patients, Aravind Eye Care System has introduced it at its hospital branches in Madurai, Tirunelveli, Coimbatore and Puducherry. Centurion Phaco System, the intelligent phaco-emulsification technology designed by Alcon Company to optimise the results of cataract surgery, will be able to target intraocular pressure during surgery. It enables safe and fast surgery with advanced technology fluidics system. It can be synchronised to achieve precise implantation of intraocular lens. It also enables early postoperative rehabilitation of patients. As Aravind Eye Hospital handles a large number of cataract surgeries, the addition of Centurion machine enhances efficiency and quality of surgery.
Navarathri Celebrations
Aravind Madurai, October 13
The Navarathri celebrations for this year was filled with festivities and colours. There was a 5-step 'Golu display' as is the tradition and a central floral tribute to the goddess. All the employees danced around to the various tunes of Kummi/Garba and Kolattam/Dandiya. By invoking the energy aspect of God in the form of the universal mother, commonly referred to as 'Durga', the collective prayer for better and happier times ahead was resonant of the spirit of Navarathri.
ICON Award for Dr. G. Natchiar
Hyderabad, October 5
Dr. G. Natchiar was awarded the Eye Pep ICON Award by the L.V. Prasad Eye Institute at the function held in Hyderabad
Dr. G. Venkataswamy Endowment Award Presented to Dr. R. Pararajasegaram
Madurai
Dr. G. Venkataswamy Endowment Award is given annually to professionals in ophthalmology and vision sciences who work towards eradication of blindness. This year the award was presented to Dr. R. Pararajasegaram, long term friend and well-wisher of Aravind in recognition of his enduring contribution towards the prevention of global blindness. Mr. G. Srinivasan, President GOVEL Trust presented the award at a glittering cermong held at Aravind Madurai on October 1. Dr. Pararajasegaram gave oration titled A Saga for Sight My Experiences in International Eye Health during the ceremony.
AUROUTSAV 2013
September 4-9
The week- long Auroutsav is conducted across the Aravind centres to bring out the team spirit and synergy of the staff and employees which otherwise remain dormant amidst their busy work schedule. Staff from different departments, who otherwise will be confined in their cubicles meddling with work, get to know each other which later results in superb performances. The latent artistic skills of the staff members of Aravind Eye Hospitals are in full bloom during each Auroutsav. The festival, in which all employees, from the chairman to the last grade worker take part also helps in firming up team spirit. This time, staff across the Aravind Eye Hospitals were divided into four groups named after valiant heroines of India Thillaiyadi Valliammai, Jhansi Rani, Velu Nachiyar and Rani Chennamma. Each team had around 300 members comprising doctors, nurses, tailors, lab technicians, sanitary workers, drivers and security personnel. The teams participated in 30 events that were divided into five categories literary, art and craft, entertainment, sports and stage events. Auroutsav allowed everybody to move on the same ground without any discrimination. The entire event was scheduled in such away as not to disturb the hospitals regular work. Individual events were organised between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. while the audience event was held after 6 p.m.
FNAMS Awarded to Dr. M. Srinivasan
October 26
Dr. M. Srinivasan has been selected Fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (India). The ceremony will be held on October 26.
Rustom Ranji Oration Award for Dr. R.D Ravindran
Warangal, AP, September 28-29
Dr. R.D Ravindran was conferred the Rustom Ranji Oration Award at the Andhra Pradesh State Ophthalmic Conference. He has also been conferred ACOIN Award (Mehra Acoin Award). The ceremony will be held on November 9- 10.
ICMR Award for Aravind Scientists
September 29
The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad presented the ICMR Awards to 51 outstanding clinical and biomedical scientists for the years 2009 and 2010 for their work in communicable and non-communicable diseases, maternal and child health and various other medical and biomedical fields. The ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research conducted in underdeveloped areas was presented to Dr. P. Sundaresan, Senior Scientist, AMRF for his research work on Congenital Blindness in India: A Cluster Study on Ocular Anomalies in Ara, Bihar.

The Shakuntala Amir Chand Prize for the year 2009 was presented to Dr. Manikandan Palanisamy, Scientist and Head, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology, Aravind Coimbatore for his research work on Epidemiological, Clinical and Laboratory Investigations of Ocular Infections.
Dr. Joseph Gnanadickam Memorial Oration Award for Dr. Ramakrishnan
Chennai , August 6-9
Dr. R. Ramakrishnan was awarded the Dr. Joseph Gnanadickam Memorial Oration Award at the 61st Annual Conference of the Tamil Nadu Ophthalmic Association held at Chennai from August 6-9.
Aravind Pays Tribute to Swami Vivekananda
Madurai, 10, July, 2013
Ramakrishna Matt and Mission organized elaborate celebrations in commemoration of 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda, the most unique one being the Ratha Yatra throughput Tamil Nadu spreading Swamijis message. The Ratham (chariot) reached Aravind on July 20. Aravind staff including the senior leadership team were assembled to receive the Ratham and also pay tributes. A motivational session was followed at the Dr. G. Venkataswamy Research Institute.
International Retinoblastoma Awareness Week
Madurai, May, 2013
Rotary and Lions Awards Presented to Dr. G. Natchiar
Pondicherry, April 7, 2013
Dr. G. Natchiar was awarded the "For the Sake of Honour Award" by Rotary Club of Pondicherry Mid Town on April 7, 2013. The award recognizes her meritorious service to the field of ophthalmology.

She was also presented with the "Lifetime Achievement Award" by the Lions Clubs International District 324 A3 at a function held on April 20 in Pondicherry. The award came in recognition of her illustrious contribution to the field of eye care.
Aravind Tirunelveli Celebrates its Silver Jubilee
Aravind Tirunelveli, February 8
As part of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations, Aravind Eye Hospital Tirunelveli organized a series of activities for the past two weeks starting with mega eye camp followed by motivational talks, press meet, eye care awareness exhibition and competitions for school children.

A specialty mega camp was conducted at M.D.TSchool, Tirunelveli on February 3. A total of 565 patients were screened, of which 70 patients were admitted for cataract surgery, 43 patients were diagnosed as having Glaucoma, 19 patients with retinal problems, 12 with Diabetic Retinopathy, 7 with Childhood blindness, 5 with Corneal disease and 6 with Orbital disorders. The patients were referred to base hospital for further treatment. The camp was sponsored by Nellai Motor TVS and Pandian Grama Bank.

Mr. R. Ganesan, Founder - Life Improvement Mind Engineering (LIME) delivered a motivational lecture titled Work is worship on February 2 for the MLOP staff.

A grand eye care awareness exhibition for the public was organized in the hospital from February 7 10. The exhibition provided insights into basic eye diseases and treatment options. Various models and posters were used to drive home the structure of the eye and the various parts of eye. Posters were put up by different departments and the MLOPs explained the information to the audience. The exhibition was officially inaugurated by Smt. Vijila Sathyanand, Mayor Tirunelveli in the presence of Aravinds senior management team. She delivered an inspirational speech regarding eye donation and importance of proper eye care. In her speech she mentioned the importance of government initiative to reduce the backlog of blindness. The exhibition received wide response from the public and as many as 2000 people visited the exhibition.

Along with the exhibition, competitions like Essay writing, Poster Making, Elocution and Quiz were conducted for the school children February 8. Various schools from in and around Tirunelveli district participated with great enthusiasm and won the prize. The Prizes were distributed to prize winners by Chief Guest, Mr.V.Balan, RTO - Deputy commissioner. Around 27 schools participated in the competitions.

On the occasion of Silver Jubilee celebrations, a CME titled EYE OPENER 2013 was organised for general practitioners, general physicians, pediatricians, gynecologists and ophthalmologists. The purpose of this CME was to provide participants with the fundamentals of ophthalmology, practice and advances within the field, as well as to provide an opportunity for networking with professionals of diverse backgrounds in health care.
Pongal at Aravind
Madurai, January 14
Pongal the harvest festival was celebrated at all the centres of Aravind and Aurolab with a variety of programmes unique to the occasion. Elaborate celebrations included various cultural programmes like Karagattam, Kummipattu and Kolattam. Traditional games conducted as part of this provided the much-needed respite from the mundane work schedule. Pongal was prepared and distributed to all.
Aravind 2020 The Way Forward
Madurai, January 4-6
To reflect on the past developments and more importantly, to plan for the next 8 years of the growth of the organization, senior members from all the centres of Aravind Hospitals, Aurolab and AMRF were brought together for a three-day retreat at Hotel Fortune Pandiyan, Madurai. The retreat was appropriately planned which coincided with the visit of the Munsons, Aravinds long-term guide, supporter and friend. Prof. Fred Munson, quoting examples by Peter F Drucker, facilitated the retreat pointing out the importance of having a goal. The necessity of mutual collaboration or dependence to reach the goal was reiterated by him in his address. Dr. R.D. Ravindran presented Aravinds growth over the years and where it stands now. Dr. S. Aravind briefed on the challenges that await the organization and the opportunities lying ahead in its mission towards eliminating needless blindness.

Mr. R.D. Thulasiraj gave an overview of the whole retreat which was followed by meticulous brainstorming on improving the patient care services till 2020. Deliberations were also held separately for the different constituents of Aravind Eye Care System towards developing a roadmap for their growth over the next few years.
Sitaram Jindal Prize for Aravind Eye Care System
New Delhi, December 4
The S R Jindal Prize 2012 for Healthcare including drugless healing and Nature cure was presented to Aravind Eye Care System at a glittering award ceremony held at New Delhi. The award is instituted to accolade exceptional service of current significance rendered by individuals or organisations for the welfare of Indian citizens in the country. Dr. R.D Ravindran, Chairman, Aravind Eye Care System received the award.Sri Sri Ravishankar graced the occasion as chief guest.
Dr. P. Namperumalsamy Receives the Prestigious AAO Award
Chicago, USA, November 24
Dr. P. Namperumalsamy received the Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The award was presented at the annual congres of the Academy held at Chicago.
PHACOEXCEL 2012
Aravind Madurai, October 12 14
More than 150 delegates participated PHACOEXCEL organized by the in the meeting and attended lectures which were discussed by the Department of Cataract and IOL services, Aravind. Guest faculty included Dr.Alan Crandall, Dr. Geoff Tabin, Dr. George Beiko and Dr.Prema Padmanabhan and they contributed immensely to the scientific sessions. Live surgery telecast included an array of different phaco technologies and IOLs in the management of difficult cataracts. Around 30 delegates participated in wetlab phacoemulsification training on model eyes and EyeSi simulator.
GLAUCONS 2012
Aravind Coimbatore, October 5-7, 2012
Aravind Eye Hospital, Coimbatore hosted Glaucons2012 - The 22nd Annual Conference of the Glaucoma Society of India (GSI at Le Meridien Hotel in Coimbatore. The conference as a whole was a grand success with 601 registered delegates and faculty, including eminent foreign faculty such as Drs. Alan Robin, Paul Lee, John Fingert, Aravind Neelakanthan and Ramesh Ayalla from the USA and Dr. Aung Tin from Singapore.

Dr. R. Ramakrishnan, Chief Medical Officer, Aravind Eye Hospital - Tirunelveli welcomed the delegates. The scientific session was inaugurated by Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman Emeritus, Aravind Eye Care System in the presence of Dr. Harsh Kumar, President of GSI, Dr. DevindraSood Secretary GSI and Dr. P. Sathyan organizing secretary Glaucons2012.

The three day programme included a first day of instruction courses and wetlab session on animal eyes for hands on glaucoma surgery for junior ophthalmologists, followed by two days of scientific deliberations. It was an excellent platform of interaction for ophthalmologist in practice and glaucoma specialists of national and international repute. An early morning session of breakfast with experts was organised and the delegates had a one to one interaction with the experts. Basics of glaucoma diagnosis and management was discussed at length so as to emphasise the importance of case detection by way of opportunistic screening of patients. Advanced glaucoma treatment options were elaborately debated upon and their suitability for the Indian scenario was argued.

There was a good representation from the pharmaceutical industry with as many as 29 stalls installed at the venue for display of relevant products and devises related to glaucoma care.
Creating Awareness on World Sight Day
Madurai

(Video Courtesy: Dinamalar)

In every household there is one or two persons in need of eye care. And hence the need for creating awareness on how to take proper care for good eye health. It was with this end in mind that Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai organized a 3-day eye care awareness exhibition for the general public.

KANNAE NALAMAA- the grand exhibition was organized by in commemoration of World Sight Day 2012. The whole idea of conducting the exhibition sprang up just a week before the World Sight Day and it was executed with utmost perfection. With approval from the senior management team of Aravind, the organizing committee went ahead with the preparations taking into account even the minutest details. Marketing activities were carried out in full swing and the team covered as many as 25 schools and 5 colleges in and around Madurai. Simultaneously, another team at Aravind comprising staff from different departments was busy making posters, models and logos and designing stalls. A huge model of the retina that welcomed one at the very beginning of the exhibition was truly amazing and was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. An array of eye diseases along with preventive measures and treatment procedures was projected through the twenty stalls put up at the venue. The highlight of all these, was a model operation theatre along with video screening of cataract surgery. Though scary for a few, it was quite informative for most of them, who would otherwise have never thought of seeing an eye surgery which was as good as a live one. Audience also had a glimpse into the life of the blind when they were made to walk through the make-shift dark pathway and were asked to play simple games blindfolded.

The exhibition was officially inaugurated by District Collector, Shri. Anshul Mishra on Octber 9th 2012, in the presence of Aravinds senior management team. The exhibition received wide response from the public and as many as 6500 people including students visited the exhibition.

I thought eye care to be such a simple thing. Only after visiting this exhibition, I realized the real importance of taking proper care of the eyes. - a feedback written by a person who visited the exhibition.

School students who were expected to only be interested in the interactive play areas came out with a sense of responsibility saying I will spread the awareness about eye care and importance of eye donation. I will definitely donate my eyes after I die.

The exhibition truly achieved its aim as is evident from the similar feedbacks from many more.
Dr. Alan Lee Robin Receives Dr. G. Venkataswamy Endowment Award
Aravind Madurai, October 1
The third Dr. G. Venkataswamy Endowment Award was presented to Dr. Alan Lee Robin, Associate Professor Ophthalmology and International Health, Johns Hopkins University, US in appreciation and admiration of his outstanding and dedicated contribution to the cause of ophthalmology and prevention of blindness in the developing world in general and India in particular. Dr. R. Venkatesh, Chief Medical Officer, Aravind Pondicherry welcomed the gathering and Dr. R. Ramakrishnan, Chief Medical Officer briefed the association between Alan and Aravind over the years. Dr. P Sathyan, chief, Glaucoma services, Aravind Coimbatore garlanded Dr. Alan and Dr. P. Namperumalsay, Chairman Emeritus, AECS presented the citation. Dr. S.R. Krishnadas, Director HR, AECS read the citation and the trophy was presented to Dr. Alan by Mr. G. Srinivasan, President Govel Trust. Dr. Alans oration was on Combating Glaucoma in Resource Poor Settings: The Way Ahead.
Aravind Pondicherry Wins Award for Best Patient Safety Initiatives
Hyderabad
Aravind Eye Hospital Pondicherry won award for Best Patient Safety Initiatives at the II International Congress on Patient Safety held at Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Hyderabad.
Workshop on Research Methodology
LAICO, August 28 September 1
Research methodology workshop was conducted in the last week August with Dr. R.D. Ravindran delivering the welcome address. Dr. P. Namperumalsamy delivered the keynote address and workshop overview was provided by Mr. Sanil Joseph. Around thirty participants attended the workshop. Guest faculty included Dr. Ken Basett, Professor and Division Head, British Columbia Centre for Epidemiology and International Ophthalmology, Canada; Mr. Rajesh Kumar John, Biostatistics Consultant, Delve Data Systems, Coimbatore; Dr. Sabyasachi Sengupta, Research cum Clinical Vitreoretina fellow, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai and Dr. Vishali Jeyaseelan, Lecturer - Department of Biostatistics, CMC Vellore.
Independence Day Celebrated at Aravind
Aravind Hospitals and Aurolab, August 15
The 65th Independence Day was celebrated across the Aravind Hospitals and Aurolab. Flag hoisting ceremony was arranged at all the centres and patriotic songs were sung. Aravind - Coimbatore conducted different literary competitions for the MLOP new recruits. Sweets were distributed to all who assembled
8th Annual Conference of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight India
Aravind Madurai, July 21- 22
Aravind Eye Care System, Madurai hosted the 8th Annual Conference of Vision 2020: The Right to Sight India with several workshops for sharing the learning and best practices from member organizations. The various workshops were arranged under five parallel tracks mainly Leadership, Operation theatre management, Outreach management, Optometry and optical dispensing and Achieving excellence in operations management offered. Participating hospitals were also invited to submit free papers under any of the above-mentioned themes.

The conference was officially inaugurated by Ms. Sujaya Krishnan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India in the presence of Mr. Anshul Mishra IAS, District Collector Madurai and Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman Emeritus AECS. Welcome address was given by Dr. R.D. Ravindran, Chairman, AECS and presidential address was delivered by Col. (Rtd) M. Deshpande, President, VISION 2020: The Right to Sight- India. Mr. Anshul Mishra gave the special address.Ms. Elizabeth Kurien, Secretary, VISION 2020: The Right to Sight- India introduced the jury members and announced the awardee. At the national conference, a special award was presented to Coimbatore headquartered Sankara Eye Care Institutions in recognition of its service in community eye care programmes for the past 36 years at various locations in the country. R.V.Ramani, Founder and Managing Trustee, Sankara Eye Care, received the Dharamsey Nensey Award from Sujaya Krishnan. Dr. G.V. Rao, Chief Executive Officer, VISION 2020: The Right to Sight- India proposed a vote of thanks. A total of around of 400 delegates comprising leading ophthalmologists and eye care professionals from across the country participated in the conference.
EYEXCEL 2012
LAICO, July 17 20
EYEXCEL workshop was held during the third week of July. Dr. R.D. Ravindran delivered the welcome address. Dr. Suzanne Gilbert, Director, Seva Foundation stressed on the need for developing human resources in eye care globally. Dr. Karl Golnik, Professor, Department of Opthalmology, University of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Eye Institute spoke on changing paradigms in eye care. Mr. R.D. Thulasiraj, Executive Director, LAICO delivered the key note address. Workshop overview was provided by Dr. Preethi Pradhan, Dean of Health Sciences, Chitkara University, Chandigarh. Dr. Karl Golnik, Dr. R. Pararajasegaram, Dr. Suzanne Gilbert, Ms. Susan Spinola, Mr.D Nagarajan, Dr. Kathryn Hecht, Dr. Preethi Pradhan and Ms. Alice were the guest faculty who handled the different sessions. Around 40 participants attended the workshop.
National Workshop on Achieving Excellence in Eye Care Delivery
LAICO, June 16 17
The workshop organised by CIPS (Centre for Innovation in Public Systems), Hyderabad was hosted by LAICO. CIPS has been set up by Govt. of India that would explore transformation of education, health care and governance in public systems by learning within or across the sectors (govt and non-government). They are placed at ASCI, Hyderabad.

The countrys continued economic growth has led to a spurt of innovations happening across the country cutting across different disciplines. These have the effect of redefining the potential and possibilities in eye care. These coupled with proactive health care programmes such as NRHM and welfare measures being implemented by the government present greater opportunities of reaching out and serving the community effectively. Regional Institutes of Ophthalmology, being the apex institutions, for eye care services in the respective States, have the mandate to play a vital role in developing key policies, training the staff from the government hospitals at district and primary levels in addition to carrying out research. This dynamically changing paradigm in recent times has brought out the need for all stakeholders to come together to understand current situation and their potential and how RIOs and others could gear themselves up to achieve higher levels of efficiency and effectiveness all these through engaging discussions and learning from each other. This workshop aimed at doing this.

Directors of Regional Institutes of Ophthalmology, senior leaders from government hospitals and medical colleges and NPCB State Programme Officers and key people from a couple of NGO hospitals participated in the workshop. As a result of this workshop, CIPS would like to come up with a document that would be widely circulated both at the levels of central government and State government officials.

The workshop began on June 16 with welcome address by Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman Emeritus, Aravind Eye Care System. Mr. D Chakrapani, IAS (Retd.), Director, Center for Innovations in Public Systems, Hyderabad provided an overview of CIPS nad introduced the objectives of the workshop to the participants.Mr. R. D. Thualsiraj, Exceutive Director LAICO set the context and the workshop was officially inaugurated by Ms. Sujaya Krishnan, IAS Joint Secretary, Administration, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
Young Achiever Award for Dr. Karthick Srinivasan
Chennai, July 1
Dr. Karthick Srinivasan was conferred the Young Achiever Award by the Dr. M.G.R. Medical University on the occasion of the Doctors Day and University Day celebrations on July 1.
AAO Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award for Dr. P. Namperumalsamy
Chicago, Illinois
Dr.P.Namperumalsamy has been selected for Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The award will be presented during the Academys Joint Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois in November 2012.This award was created to recognize individuals involved in humanitarian projects including participation in charitable activities, care to the indigent and community service.
Aravind Opens its Tenth Hospital
Udumalpet, June 10
Considering the growing eye care needs of Udumalpet community which was met only through camps, Aravind opened a new hospital at Udumalpet in the second week of June. This facility was made into a reality by the generous contribution of Mr.G.Venkataraman-Managing Trustee, G. Rudrappa Educational Trust, popularly known as Mr.R.G Mani. The hospital serves a population of 8 lakhs in 25kms radius around Udumalpet town. The hospital facility has been planned to serve paying walk in, free walk in and patients from eye camps.

The facility was inaugurated by Ms. Vanitha Mohan, Executive Director, Pricol Ltd and Managing Trustee, Siruthuli in the presence of Thiru. G. Venkataraman, Managing Trustee, G. Rudrappa Eductional Trust. The function was felicitated by Ln. C. Saji David MJF, Lions District Governor 324 B1 and Rtn. Dr. P. V. Ravi, Rotary District GovernorDist.3202. Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman Emeritus, Aravind Eye Care System gave special address. The inaugural function was graced by the presence of senior leaders and many well wishers of Aravind. On the first day, the hospital examined 40 paying and 43 free patients and issued 29 glasses.

The sprawling campus including the residential facility has a built in area of about 22,000sq.ft and a bed capacity of 62. The hospital has state-of-the-art operation theatres which can effectively handle about 60 surgeries a day. Services available include management of refractive errors, cataract surgery, Medical Retina and Glaucoma. A well equipped optical processing laboratory to deliver world class spectacles and a contact lens clinic are also in place. The hospital also provides its service through eye camps.
Hermes Award for Aravind Eye Care System
Paris, France, May 10
Aravind Eye Care System received the Hermes Award 2012 instituted by The European Institute for Creative Strategies and Innovation at the National Meeting for Chief Innovation Officers held at Paris. Aravind became winner of the category Improvement of the human condition for its different programs, its business models and process of improvement of the life and health of millions of patients.Dr. R. Pararajasegaram received the award on behalf of Aravind.
Aravind Opens Yet Another Eye Care Centre
May 4, Tuticorin
People from Tuticorin constitute a great pool of patient load at Aravind - Tirunelveli and to cater to the growing eye care needs of the patients of this area this Aravind opened its secondary eye care centre at Tuticorin. Manned by Aravind - Tirunelveli, the centre offers services in the treatment of cataract, refractive errors and glaucoma. The services will be expanded further to include a wide array of speciality eye diseases. The hospital also has an exclusive free section, where treatment is provided free or at steeply subsidised rate

Aravind's new hospital was inaugurated at Tuticorin by Mr. Ashish Kumar IAS, District Collector in the presence of Dr. R. Perumalsamy, Information Commissioner, RTI, Government of Tamilnadu. Ms. S. Madhumathi IAS, Commissioner, Tuticorin Corporation lighted the holy lamp. Felicitations were offered by various community leaders and officials from Rotary and Lions Clubs.The function was graced by the presence of senior leaders and many well wishers of Aravind.
Distinguished Service Award for Dr. M. Srinivasan by APAO
April 13 16, Busan, Korea
Dr. M. Srinivasan was awarded Distinguished Service Award by the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of ophthalmology. The award was presented at the 27th APAO Congress A joint meeting with the European Society of Ophthalmology and in conjunction with the 106th Congress of Korean Ophthalmological Society at Busan, Korea from April 13 16. He also presented the following papers at the conference:
  1. Improving outcome in non phaco cataract surgery:Incision construction; astigmatism control ; complications.
  2. Improving outcome in non phaco cataract surgery:Logistics of safe high volume surgery
Graduation Day for the Staffs Tiny Tots
Aravind Madurai, March 24
A total of 11 kids graduated from the Janakiamma Child Care Center, Aravind Madurai. There were interesting cultural performances by the kids which included group dance and rhymes recital. Mr. G. Srinivasan, Dr. M. Srinivasan, Dr. Manju R Pillai and Dr. George V Puthuran distributed the certificates, and school kit to the kids.

Aurolab
Ms.Kannamma Ravindran and Ms.Haripriya Aarvind were invited as chief guests for the function held at Aurolab. Variety entertainments by the kids included dance, song and fancy dress. The graduation day certificates were distributed by the Managing Director Dr. P. Balakrishnan. The others prizes were distributed by the chief guests to the other crche kids. The programme came to an end with high tea.
Wide Response to PRISM 2012
LAICO, March 10 - 11
The annual national conference on healthcare management conducted by LAICO elicited wide response as around 150 participants from different parts of India took part in the conference. This two - day conference was held during the second week of March and the audience mainly constituted healthcare management students from different colleges. Apart from the Aravind team, Dr Annabel D Souza Sekar, Faculty Institute of Health Management Research (IHMR); Dr. A.Malathi, Head, Medical Services Compliance and Education, Manipal Hospital ,Bangalore; Dr. Nirmal Fredrick, Managing Director, Nirmal Eye Hospital, Chennai; Dr. Umesh Gupta, Founder and Principal Consultant, Delphi Healthcare Research, Delhi; Dr Jawahar, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical science and technology, Trivandrum; Mr. Shantanu Ghosh, Professor of Marketing and Dean at South state Business School and Consultant Social Media Advisor, Hyderabad; Dr. R.R Sudhir, Consultant In Charge, EMR, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai and Dr. Vijayarajan, Clinics-Healthcare IT consulting, Bangalore constituted the faculty list. Poster and paper presentation contests were also arranged as part of the conference and the winners were given cash awards and mementos.
Alexandra Health Team at Aravind
February 19 - 25
A team of seven senior management officials from Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Alexandra Health, Singapore visited Aravind - Madurai during February 19 - 25 to learn about Aravind's business model, use of technology to reach the population and its training and staff welfare activities. The team got an opportunity to interact with the senior leadership team at Aravind. They also had discussions with the outreach team on the various strategies involved in Aravind outreach. The meeting with the HR department focused on the recruitment policies and the various employee welfare programmes. They also had interactions with the IT department on the importance and use of MIS in eye care. The team also visited Aravind - Coimbatore and Tirupur and also one outreach camp.
Visveswaraya Eminent Engineer Award for Mr. G. Srinivasan
Madurai, February 8
Mr. G. Srinivasan, Secretary GOVEL Trust and Director Finance, AECS was conferred the Visveswaraya Eminent Engineer Award in recognition of his dedicated leadership and services to civil engineering and society by the Association of Consulting Civil Engineers (India), Madurai centre. The award was presented by Additional Chief Secretary R. Balakrishnan at a function held at Hotel Sangam. This award is instituted in memory of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya who was a notable Indian engineer responsible for the construction of Krishnarajasagara dam in Mysore.

Recently Mr. Srinivasan was also felicitated and honoured by the Indian Overseas Bank on the occasion of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the bank held at Chennai on January 6, 2012. Shri. Pranab Mukherjee, Finance Minister, Govt. of India presented the memento on behalf of Indian Overseas Bank. Indian Overseas Bank has always extended active support in Aravinds mission of eliminating needless blindness and almost all the Aravind Hospitals have IOB branches right from the very inception of the hospital.
An Evening with a Perfect Blend of Different Cultures
Laico, February 3, 2012
LAICO was literally vibrant hosting an exciting multi-cultural exchange programme staged by the participants of the Programme Managers Course on the evening of February 3, 2012. The participants included a mixed ethnic group, hailing from 18 different countries and each group presented their countrys unique tradition. The Nepali participants kick started the gala evening with their traditional folk song. It was a novel interactive session for the audience when the Australian team introduced their indigenous slang, for which the audience were asked to guess the meaning. The Chinese made use of the opportunity to share their traditional song and also the secret of Chinese tea. The Vietnamese, in their traditional attire soothed the ears of the audience with a song. A live demo of Vietnamese tea preparation and its distribution was the highlight of their programme. They did not forget to promote their tea by presenting a sachet of tea powder to each one among the audience. The native Ethiopian dance conducted as part of the epiphany celebrations performed by a participant was really mind blowing. Participants from other countries like Bangladesh, Indonesia, South Africa, Cambodia, Cameroon and Switzerland shared the rich tradition of their country through videos and some cultural performances. The India group sang the popular national integration song Mile Sur Mera Tumhara with the music track while playing the original video on the screen. The performances ended up with a Zambian song for which the entire audience danced along. Altogether, the whole evening was a perfect blend of different cultures and it gave one the feeling that all world was brought under one roof.
The Programme Managers Course underway at LAICO has registered a record participation of 53 participants from 18 countries across the globe. The two week course provides insights to different aspects of eye care management and its effective delivery. A cultural performance by the participants is arranged at the end of the first week to add flavor to the whole programme.
Infinite Vision Unveiled
Madurai, January 29
It was a proud moment for Aravind Eye Care System when the book Infinite Vision How Aravind Became the Worlds Best Business Case for Compassion was released at a spectacular function held at the institute. Mr U. Sagayam IAS, District Collector, Madurai presented the first copy to Mr. P. Kannappan IPS, Police Commissioner, Madurai city. Collector Mr. Sagayam, while offering his felicitations acknowledged the yeomen service rendered by Aravind and its far reaching fame as the best eye care provider. He stressed that the Aravind model can be emulated not only by businesses but also the government administration can learn a lot from this. He further reiterated the compassionate services rendered by the institute. Police Commissioner Mr. Kannappan congratulated the invaluable service of the organization for the betterment of the society without expecting any reward or fame. Mr. Lakshmi Kanthan Bharati, former Madurai collector and a staunch Gandhian remembered the tedious journey undertook by Dr. Venkataswamy, battling the heavy odds in providing sight to millions. He also reminisced the life of Dr. Vas more of a spiritual journey. Mr. Raja Govindasamy, Director Mannar Tirumalai Naicker College, Madurai spoke about the illustrious Aravind family and its services that are branching out as a banyan tree. Ms. Pavitra, one of the authors went down the memory lane detailing her association with Dr. V and their daily meetings. She also shared with the audience the story of archiving Aravind over the years and acknowledged the invaluable support offered by Ms. Suchitra Shenoy in bringing out this wonderful book. Ms. Shanti Mohan, one of Madurais finest educators and Ms. Pavitras school teacher read a few relevant passages from the book.

January 25, Chennai

The Indian edition of Infinite Vision was released at Chennai at a grand function organized by Landmark and Harper Collins India. The authors Pavitra Mehta and Suchitra Shenoy mesmerized the audience with their firsthand narration of their six year experience of working on the book. Mr. Pradipta K. Mohapatra, a long term associate of Aravind and Chairman, Executive Coaching Foundation of India pointed out the real secret behind the Aravind success. Brand consultant Harish Bijoor describes the Aravind model as a classic case of socially sustainable marketing.

International Symposium on Diabetic Retinopathy and Retinal Vascular Diseases
Aravind Madurai, January 7 8, 2012
Aravind TIFAC-CORE in Diabetic Retinopathy conducted a two-day International Symposium on Diabetic Retinopathy and Retinal Vascular Diseases. This is the fifth International Symposium on Diabetic Retinopathy. Several exciting developments taking place rapidly in the management of diabetic retinopathy, especially in pharmacotherapy were discussed during the symposium which was attended by nearly150 participants. Eminent faculty from leading research centres in USA, Germany and across India involved in diabetic retinopathy research shared their views on current developments and future trends in the field. Dr. Charles P Wilkinson, MD, GBMC, Baltimore; Dr. Ingrid Zimmer Galler, MD, Wilmer Eye Institute, Baltimore; Dr. Jennifer Sun, MD, Dr. Lloyd Paul Aiello, MD, Ph.D; Dr. Sabera Shah, MD, from Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston; Dr. Jost B. Jonas, Universitats - Augenklinik, Germany and Dr. Srinivas Sadda, MD, Doheny Eye Center, USA were the international faculty who handled the different sessions. Apart from them Dr. Mangat R Dogra, PGIMS, Chandigarh; Dr. Mahesh P. Shanmugam, Sankara Eye Hospitals, Bangalore; Dr. Pramod Bhende, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai and Dr. Taraprasad Das, LV Prasad Eye Institute, Bhubaneshwar and also the Aravind faculty shared their valuable inputs.
Jagriti Yatris at Aravind
Aravind Madurai, December 28
This year too, Aravind became one of the destinations for a group of Indias highly motivated youth, Jagriti Yatris, on their eighteen day national odyssey introducing them to exceptional and innovative entrepreneurs. The aim of the Yatra is to awaken the spirit of entrepreneurship - both social and economic - within India's youth by exposing them to individuals and institutions that are developing unique solutions to India's challenges. Around 400 yatris visited Aravinds various facilities and got an opportunity to interact with the senior leaders of the organization. This is the third time that Aravind hosts such a programme.
Aravind Wins Indias Most Innovative Hospital Award
New Delhi, December 22
Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai won India Healthcare Awards 2011 in the category of Most Innovative Hospital instituted by ICICI Lombard Health Insurance and CNBC TV 18. Dr. N. Venkatesh Prajna received the award from Shri. Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare at a spectacular function held at the Durbar, Taj Palace, New Delhi.
Aravind' s Chairman at The Kings Fund Annual Conference 2011
London, UK, November 23
Dr. R.D. Ravindran was invited as the key note speaker for The Kings Fund Annual Conference held at the Royal College of Physicians, London and he delivered a talk on the Aravind model of Enhancing access and affordability.
Aravind's 40th Vision Centre
Kadayanallur, December 5
Aravind's 40th vision centre was inaugurated at Kadayanallur by Mr. R.D. Thulasiraj. The function was attended by doctors, members of Rotary and Lions Clubs and well wishers of AECS. The beginning was so encouraging and motivating that the outpatient department registered 80 patients on the very inaugural day.
Grand Opening of Aravind - Salem
Salem, November 27
As part of expanding eye care services to the needy, Aravind opens a new hospital in Salem on November 27. Over 10,000 cataract patients from Salem are being benefited every year through the outreach activities performed in this area by Aravind - Madurai. It has been observed that several patients from Salem utliize the facilities in Aravind Eye Hospitals at Madurai, Coimbatore and Pondicherry. Understanding the need for a quality affordable eye care service in and around Salem, the management was prompted to think of starting a new hospital. The hospital caters to the eye care needs of a population of more than 3 million in and around Salem. Its prime location makes it easily accessible for the patients. This 50 - bedded hospital sprawls an area of 42,000 sq.ft and provides all the speciality services in eye care.

Honorable Justice Thiru. P. Sathasivam, Judge, Supreme Court of India inaugurated the hospital after the sacred pooja.Thiru. Maharabhushanam, I.A.S., District Collector, Salem was the chief guest for the function. Felicitations were offered by Thiru. P. Sarathy, Chairman, Narasus Sarathy Institute of Technology, Salem; Thiru. S. Krishnamoorthy, S.K Cars, Salem and Ln. A.S. Aravinthraj MJF. All the senior leaders of Aravind attended the grand opening ceremony.
Workshop on Eye Care Research Priorities for India
LAICO, October 08 - 09
In September 2010, International Association for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and the International Council for Ophthalmology (ICO) jointly convened a workshop at the Lions Aravind Institute for Community Ophthalmology to consider research priorities and related issues.

The purpose of this workshop was to develop a research plan and identify priorities with a focus on improving coverage, which will lead to improved control of avoidable visual impairment and blindness in India over the next 10 years. A total of 25 participants attended the workshop. Welcome address was given by Dr. R.D. Ravindran, Chairman - AECS and keynote address was given by Dr. G.N. Rao, Chairman - LV Prasad Eye Institute. Mr. R.D. Thulasiraj, Executive Director, LAICO set the context of this workshop and Mr. Sanil Joseph delivered the workshop overview. A total of 25 participants attended this workshop.
Workshop on Patient Safety for Aravind Eye Hospitals
LAICO, October 21 - 22
The Workshop on Patient Safety was an internal workshop for all the Aravind Eye Hospitals conducted as part of October Summit 2011. This workshop was attended by 110 staff from the five Aravind Hospitals representing all patient care departments. This workshop oriented the participants to Patient Safety and the importance of continuously monitoring the service in order to eliminate medical errors in the hospital.

Prof. Rangaraj Ramanujam from Vanderbilt University, USA was a key resource person for this workshop. As a leading researcher in "organizational causes and consequences of operational failures in high-risk work settings", he was instrumental in structuring and delivering this workshop. Other resource persons included Dr R D Ravindran, Dr. Haripriya, Dr. Lalitha and Dr. William Stewart.

The individual hospitals also shared certain strategies that they have been implementing in their hospitals to eliminate error. Through systematic group discussions, the participants worked on developing strategies to specifically improve two aspects of safety:
  • Improving accuracy of patient identification
  • Improving communication among care givers and with patients
A patient safety committee at each of the hospitals will be taking this work forward, in their respective places.
Inauguration of Nithyatha
Aurofarm, October 2
The inauguration of Nithyatha a retreat center that celebrates the life and work of Dr.G.Venkataswamy was inaugurated at Aurofarm by Dr. R. Pararajasegaram,consultant ophthalmologist, Geneva. All the senior leaders and well wishers of Aravind attended the special function held at Aravind. Sri. Vijay Poddar form Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry, Dr. Bill Stewart, oculoplastic surgeon from California, Dr. S.R. Krishnadas, Director HR, AECS and Ms. Deepa Krishnan, Manager Operations offered felicitations. A song on Dr. V written by Mr. K.V.S. Lakshmanan, consultant editor and composed by Mr. Sanil Joseph, faculty LAICO was launched during the programme. Mr.G.Srinivasan, President GOVEL Trust delivered a vote of thanks.

In 2006, soon after the passing of Aravind's irreplaceable founder, Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy, the dream of building a memorial center to honor his extraordinary spirit and vision first came into being. To Aravind's founding team, and all those who had worked closely by Dr. V's side it was clear that this building was something that simply had to be birthed. What remained shrouded however were the specifics as to what shape and form a structure of such deep significance should take. The chief architect Mr. Israel Gnanaraj has captured the essence of this man in this magnificent architectural form. The building and the garden plans resemble the symbol of The Mother. It is set in line with the Banyan tree planted by Dr. V. In the future the Banyan would hopefully grow and cover a larger circle than the building like the growing Aravind Eye care System. The centre undoubtedly conveys the inner tranquility and irrepressible energy of Dr.V.
Dr.Marilyn T Miller Receives Dr.G.Venkataswamy Endowment Oration Award
LAICO, October 1
The third Dr. G. Venkataswamy Endowment Oration Award was presented to Dr. Marilyn T. Miller, Professor of ophthalmology, University of Illinois by Mr. G. Srinivasan, President GOVEL Trust at a spectacular function held at LAICO auditorium. Welcome address was given by Dr. Meenakshi, chief, Paediatric ophthalmology services, Aravind Tirunelveli. Dr. R.D. Ravindran gave an introduction of the award and Dr. P. Vijayalakshmi, chief, Paediatric services, Aravind Madurai introduced the award winner, Dr. Marilyn T Miller to the audience. Ctation presented to Dr. Marilyn was read out by Dr.Kalpana, chief, paediatric ophthalmology services, Aravind Coimbatore. Dr. Miller delivered the Dr.G.Venkataswamy Endowment Oration. Dr. Veena,chief, paediatric ophthalmology services, Aravind Pondicherry delivered a vote of thanks. All the senior leaders of Aravind attended the function.

Dr. Millers involvement with the Aravind Eye Care System started over 20 years ago when Dr.Vijayalakshmi (Viji) joined the pediatric ophthalmology department of the University of Illinois as a Fellow. Since then she has visited Aravind multiple times participating in courses and meetings and more recently involved with Dr. Viji in a study of infants with microphthalmia in an Indian rural community. She was instrumental in establishing the Pediatric Eye Care services at Aravind and continually mentored its chief, Dr. Viji.
LAICO Wins FICCI Healthcare Award
New Delhi, September 8
The FICCI Healthcare Award 2011 was given to LAICO, in the category of Addressing Industry Issues at New Delhi. This award recognises LAICOs innovative approach and the impact of addressing issues in the eye care industry such as lack of management capability and poor design of services through capacity building, focused training and research. Dr. Arun Sethi, Arunodhaya Charitable Trust, received the award on behalf of Aravind. This is the first award that LAICO receives in its mission of improving quality eye care services globally.
Inauguration of Srivilliputhur Vision Centre
September 15
Aravind - Madurai opened a new vision centre at Srivilliputhur which was inaugurated by Dr. R. Kim, Chief Medical Officer. Lions members from Srivilliputhur and Rajapalayam, sponsors and various community leaders attended the function. Fifty patients were screened on the inaugural day, 13 glasses were ordered and 3 patients were referred to the base hospital for surgery.
Dr. S.R. Rathinam Elected as Fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences
New Delhi, August 19
Dr. S.R. Rathinam, Chief Uveitis services, Aravind Madurai has been as Fellow of the Academy by the National Academy of Medical Sciences, India. This honour is bestowed on her as an acknowledgement of her achievements in the profession.
IMA Award for Dr. S.R. Krishnadas
Coimbatore, August 28
Dr. S.R. Krishnadas has been conferred with the 23rd Dr. Sundareswaran Endowment Oration award by the Indian Medical Association, Coimbatore.
Aravind - Tirunelveli Hosts "Nellai Sandhippu"
Tirunelveli, August 5 - 7, 2011
The 59th annual conference of Tamil Nadu Ophthalmic Association (TNOA), Nellai Sandhippu was held for three days from August 5 - 7 at Bell Matriculation High School, Palayamkottai,Tirunelveli. Aravind Eye Hospital - Tirunelveli hosted the conference and made elaborate arrangements for the smooth conduct of the same. Renowned ophthalmologists across the state participated and shared their valuable knowledge with their peers. The conference provided a platform to reflect the recent breakthroughs in all aspects of ophthalmology. It was packed with enriching and educative scientific sessions, symposiums and instruction courses. Eminent persons in allied specialties of ophthalmology delivered key note addresses during different symposiums.

The conference was officially inaugurated by by Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, former President of India. When Aravind-Tirunelveli hosted the same conference in 2004, he was the President of India and inaugurated the conference from New Delhi through videoconferencing. It was a proud moment for the TNOA and for the peope of Tirunelveli to have him amidst them for the inauguration this year. He honoured the outstanding ophthalmologists with medals and citations. Dr. Kalam also released a book "Thirukkural for the Present Generation" written by Dr. Ramesh, a member of TNOA.

Patron of the organizing committee Dr.P.Namperumalsamy spoke and inaugurated the trade fair. Dr.Pandurangan, the outgoing president installed Dr. R.Kandaiah as the new president of TNOA for the year 2011- 2012. Dr.M.Natarajan, Former Scientific Advisor of India released the souvenir which was received by Dr.Kalam. Secretary, TNOA, Dr.V.Siddharthan presented a report on the activities of the association during the past one year. Organising secretary of the conference R.Ramakrishnan welcomed the gathering and Dr. Meenakshi of Aravind Eye Hospital, Tirunelveliproposed a vote of thanks.

Around 700 delegates attended the conference and around a hundred papers were presented. Around 100 stalls were put up at the venue. 63 posters and 17 videos were presented by the delegates. Eleven teams participated in the quiz competition conducted as part of the conference. Various awards were announced and presented during the conference. C.P.Gupta award was given to 9 papers.

Dr.R.D. Ravindran, Chairman, AECS received Dr. G. Venkataswamy Award for Outstanding Contribution in the field of Community Ophthalmology.

Dr. N. Venkatesh Prajna received the Captain Subramaniam Award 2010 for the video "The Capture of the Intraocular Disco Dancer".

Aravind's cornea team consisting of Dr. M. Soundaram and Dr. Sean Socrates and videographer Mr. Muneeswaran won the same award for the year 2011 for their video presentation Post traumatic intra lenticular foreign body The back door entry. This is the second consecutive year that AEH is winning this gold medal.
TNOA Awards
Tirunelveli, August 5 - 7, 2011
Dr.R.D. Ravindran received Dr. G. Venkataswamy Award for Outstanding Contribution in the field of Community Ophthalmology at the annual TNOA (Tamil Nadu Ophthalmic Association) Conference.

Dr. N. Venkatesh Prajna received the Captain Subramaniam Award 2010 for the video "The Capture of the Intraocular Disco Dancer". Aravind's cornea team consisting of Dr. M. Soundaram and Dr. Sean Socrates and videographer Mr. Muneeswaranhas been selected for the same award for the year 2011 for their video presentation Post traumatic intra lenticular foreign body - The back door entry. This is the second consecutive year that AEH is winning this gold medal.
Aravanar Achievement Award for Dr. G. Natchiar
Chennai, August 6
Dr. G. Natchiar received Aravanar Achievement Award 2010 in recognition of her eye care services and the active role played by her in evolving the Aravind model. The award was instituted by Aravanar Research Trust, Chennai.
Best Public Choice Award for Affordable Healthcare Provider
New Delhi, August 2
Aravind Eye Care System won Best Public Choice Award under Most Affordable Healthcare Provider category for its primary eye care centres in rural areas. Mr. BS. Ganesh Babu, Sr.Manager IT and Systems received the award on behalf of Aravind Eye Care system from Mr. R.Chandrasekar, Secretary, Ministry of Telecommunications and IT at EWORLD Forum held at New Delhi.
Meritorious Doctor Award for Dr. R. Ramakrishnan
Tirunelveli, July 17
"Meritorious Doctor Award" was conferred on Dr. R. Ramakrishnan by the Indian Medical Association, Tamil Nadu Government Doctors Association and Meenakshi Mission Hospital and Research Centre, Madurai. The award was given in recognition of his services to the growth, sustenance and development of the Indian Medical Association and its members. Dr. Sadagopan, president- IMA presented the award at a grand function organised at Tirunelveli Medical College.
IIRSI Gold Medal for Dr. R.D. Ravindran
Chennai, July 9
The Intraocular Implant and Refractive Society, India (IIRSI) honoured Dr. R.D. Ravindran, Chairman, AECS with a gold medal for his contributions to ophthalmology at the annual convention held at Chennai.
Dr. R. Ramakrishnan receives Dr. K. S. Sanjivi award
Chennai, July 3
Dr. R. Ramakrishnan, Chief Medical Officer Aravind, Tirunelveli was awarded Dr. K. S. Sanjivi award by Udhavum ullangal and Ekam in recognition of his untiring efforts in serving the underprivileged. The award was given by Dr. Santha, Chairperson, Cancer Institute, Adayar Chennai. Dr. K.S. Sanjivi Award was instituted in 2004 in memory of Dr. K.S. Sanjivi, the founder of Voluntary Health Services and a pioneer of community health services.
Aravind again wins NASSCOM Healthcare Award
Hyderabad, April 22
Aravind wins the NASSCOM Healthcare Award 2011 - Best IT solution for Healthcare Inclusion for its Diabetic Retinopathy Evaluation Software. Th award was instituted by National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) in collaboration with KPMG, one of the leading providers of risk, financial and business advisory, internal audit, corporate governance, and tax and regulatory services. The awards are aimed at giving centre stage to various initiatives and projects that have successfully demonstrated the growing role of technology in transforming healthcare service delivery in India. The winners were selected after a rigorous screening by an esteemed panel of judges from amongst fifty plus entries received across India. Mr. V. Vijayakumar received the award on behalf of Aravind. In 2009, Aravind had won the IT User Award instituted by NASSCOM.
Vision Award 2011
Berlin, Germany, April 8
Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman Emeritus, Aravind Eye Care System was presented with the Vision Award-2011 by GENISIS INSTITUTE for Social Business and Impact Strategies, Berlin, Germany. This award has been given in recognition of the social impact business the Aravind Eye Care System is running under his guidance.

He delivered the key note address on Inspiring Innovations/Expanding Horizons detailing the history of Aravind Eye Care System. .
Heroes of Humanity Award for AECS
January 30, Chennai
Aravind Eye Care System was conferred the Heroes of Humanity Award by the Art of Living Foundation on the occasion of its 30th anniversary celebrations. Dr. R.D. Ravindran, Chairman received the award during the World Culture Festival held in Chennai on January 30.
Award for the Best Implementation of Kalaignar Kapitu Thittam
January 26, Madurai
Dr. R.Kim, Chief Medical Officer, Aravind - Madurai received the award on behalf of Aravind Eye Hospital from Mr. C. Kamaraj, Madurai District Collector at the Republic Day function held at Madurai (Reserve Police Line Ground) on January 26, 2011. Totally 6 hospitals in Madurai district have received the award and Aravind Eye Hospital is the only ophthalmic hospital in the list.

The Tamil Nadu State government has introduced the Kalaignar Insurance Scheme for Life Saving Treatments in July 2009. Since its launch, it has been one of the sought after schemes. This Kalaignar Insurance Scheme has been implemented in collaboration with Star Health and allied Insurance Company. The State government will pay the entire insurance premium. People who have an annual income of less than Rs. 72,000 stand eligible for the Kalaignar Insurance Scheme.
Another Secondary Eye Care Centre at Tirupur
Tirupur, October 17
Aravinds new hospital at Tirupur was inaugurated on October 17 by Dr. V. Gengusamy Naidu, Chairman Sri Venkatesa Group of Companies. Welcome address was given by Dr. V. Narendran, Chief Medical Officer. Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman Emeritus, Aravind Eye Care System lighted the lamp. Felicitations were offered by Rtn. PDG. Dr. A. Murugananthan, past state president IMA, Lion R. Madhanagopal MJF, District governor 324 B1 and Thiru N. Krishnasamy, President "Valam", Tirupur. Dr. Selvi Selvakumar proposed a vote of thanks.

Aravind's community centre has been functioning at Tirupur since 2006. The centre caters to around 30,000 outpatient visits a year and provides both basic and advanced ophthalmic services. The need for a complete ophthalmic unit to provide better delivery of services was felt. Moreover, a sizeable number of patients who come to AEH - Coimbatore are from Tirupur. This paved way for the opening of this new facility at Dharapuram Road K. Chettipalayam, Tirupur.

The hospital complex including the residential facility extends over an area of about 22000 sq.ft and has a bed capacity of 23. The centre is targeted to serve 55,000 outpatients and almost 5000 surgeries a year. It has 2 operation theatres which can handle about 50 surgeries a day and would be functional from December 2010 onwards. Services available include management of refractive errors and cataract, Yag Capsulotomy, Medical Retina and glaucoma. In addition to this, a well equipped optical processing laboratory to deliver world class spectacles and contact lens is available. On October 18, the day after inauguration the centre has seen 104 outpatients (66 new and 38 review).
Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Aravind Eye Hospital
October 10, Theni
Inaugurated in 1985, Aravind -Theni completed 25 years of its meritorious service in the elimination of needless blindness. A grand event was arranged to commemorate this special occasion at Vasantham Mahal, Theni. Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman Emeritus, AECS delivered the welcome address after which Mr. P. Muthuveeran, IAS, District Collector - Theni officially inaugurated the silver jubilee celebrations. The whole event was presided over by Mr. V. Balakrishnan, IPS, Superintendent of Police Theni. Dr. Kowsalya, Gandhigram Hospital, Dindigul was the chief guest for the function. Dr. Dipankar Datta, Chief Medical Officer, presented the silver jubilee report and Dr. R.D. Ravindran, Chairman, AECS released the silver jubilee souvenir. Mr. N. Ramakrishnan, MLA, Cumbum, Dr. S. Subburaj, Joint Director, Health Services, Theni District, Dr. Karunaikadal,President, IMA Cumbum valley Branch, Ln. Mohan Singh MJF, Past Governor, Dist. 324 B3, Ln. Gopalakrishnaraja, MJF, Past Governor, Dist. 324 B3, Mr. Jebakumar, President, Merchants Association, Munnar offered felicitations.

A 4 day exhibition for general public was arranged as part of the Silver jubilee celebrations from October 7 10 in the hospital premises. A total of 1730people visited the exhibition of which 756 were school students and rest 974 was general publicfrom Theni and the neighbouring state, Kerala.
Teacher of Teachers Award for Dr. P. Namperumalsamy
Hyderabad, September 24
LV Prasad Eye Institute honoured Dr P Namperumalsamy, Chairman Emeritus, Aravind Eye Care System by conferring on him the Eye-PEP Icon and Teacher of Teachers award. Dr Gullapalli N Rao, Chair, LVPEI presented the Golden Apple to him at the popular Eye-PEP (Postgraduate Education Program) held at Hyderabad. Video on Dr P Namperumalsamy

Aravinds New Hospital at Dindigul
Dindigul, September 22
Aravinds new hospital at Dindigul was inaugurated on September 22 by Thiru. M. Vallalar, IAS, District Collector, Dindigul. Thiru. Shailesh Kumar Yadav, IPS, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Dindigul range was the guest of honour. All the senior leaders of Aravind were present at the function.

The growing eye care needs of the people of Dindigul which was till now met by Aravind Madurai necessitated the opening of this new facility. The hospital complex including the residential facility sprawls an area of about 9500 sq.ft and has a bed capacity of 10. The hospital has state of the - art operation theatre which can handle about 15 surgeries a day. Services available include refractive error, cataract and PCO (YAG Laser procedures) and glaucoma. Steps are underway to provide diabetic retinopathy services in a couple of months.
Innovative Low Cost Fundus Camera for Aravind
October 14
Aravind Eye Hospital has been donated a new low cost fundus camera, 3Nethra developed by Forus Health Pvt, Ltd, Banglore. At a function held on October 14, 3Nethra was received by Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman Emeritus, AECS in the presence of Dr. R.D.Ravindran, Chairman, Mr. R.D. Thulasiraj, Executive Director and Dr. S. Aravind, Administrator. Forus has launched the same in Banglore on October 1, the birthday of Dr. G. Venkataswamy, Founder Chairman, AECS as a noble tribute to him who was the sole inspiration behind the development of this product.

Inspite of the fact that 80% of blindness can prevented or cured 12 million people are still in dark in India. The reasons can be attributed to the lax in routine eye check up and the disproportionate doctor - patient ratio. Forus intends to tackle these two problems with this intelligent pre-screening Ophthalmology device, 3Nethra. Forus provides a complete eye-care solution to help eradicate needless blindness by developing this all-in -one eye screening device. Aravind too, joined hands with Forus in the initial stages of developing this device.

3nethra will be strategically placed in locations such as general hospitals, diagnostic centers, diabetes care centers, optical shops, kiosks, railway stations, malls and other such crowded place where people will be tempted to take eye tests. 3Nethra will identify symptoms of common eye diseases automatically and a printed report will be generated. If there are any symptoms, people will take it seriously and visit an eye hospital for further investigation. This way, 3Nethra will screen people who otherwise would not have tested their eye and funnel those who need eye care into the hospital. More people will visit eye hospital and ophthalmologists time will be optimally spent on patients who really need help.
Rhett Buckler Award for Dr. Kim and Team
New Delhi, September 6
Dr. R. Kim and his team consisting of Dr. Naresh Babu, Dr. Rajiv, Mr. Muneeshwaran, Mr. Palanikumar and Mr. Raj Arjunan won the Rhett Buckler Award for the best video screened at ASRS (American Society of Retina Specialists) film festival held at Vancouver, Canada from August 28 September 1.
FICCI Healthcare Excellence Awards 2010 for Aravind
New Delhi, September 6
Aravind Eye Care System won the FICCI Awards 2010 instituted by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Aravind Madurai won the award under the category Excellence in HR Practices and Personnel Welfare and Aravind Coimbatore won the award for Excellence in Patient Experience.

Dr. Usha Kim and Dr. V. Narendran made the respective paper presentation.
EMPI-Indian Express Indian Innovation Award to Aravind Eye Care System
Delhi, July 13
The prestigious EMPI-Indian Express Indian Innovation Award was presented to Aravind Eye Care System on July 13 in a ceremony held at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Dr. R. Kim received award from Nandan Nilekani, Chairperson, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). The award was given in recognition of Aravinds remote-diagnosis system structured to provide timely and afforadable specialized eye screening for prevention of diabetes triggered vision loss thereby bridging the hitherto insurmountable, accessibility and economic gap between specialists and patients.

Indian Express Indian Innovation Awards, in the words of EMPI's Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Pankaj Saran, go beyond the "technical innovation by individuals" and recognise "social, institutional and organisational innovations." This time the awards went to 11 organisations, with eight of them receiving the gold trophies. The winners were a mix of government, non-government and private initiatives, all of which had succeeded in taking an established idea and slightly changing it it to achieve astounding results.
Dr. R.D. Ravindran becomes Aravinds New Chairman
Madurai, July 12
Dr. R.D. Ravindran took over charge as the new chairman of Aravind Eye Care System from Dr. P. Namperumalsamy on 12th July 2010.

Dr. R.D. Ravindran, till now the chief medical officer of Aravind Pondicherry has been with AECS with almost 3 decades, starting from Madurai. The 52 year old, soft spoken, smiling and amiable ophthalmologist has the rich experience of establishing and developing each of Aravind Eye Hospital at Theni, Tirunelveli, Coimbatore and most recently Pondicherry.

At the induction ceremony held at Aravind Eye Hospital Auditorium, Madurai, the historic event of the transfer of mantle took place in the presence of senior Aravind leaders, medical officers, MLOPs, members of faculty and administrative staff.

Dr. S. R. Krishnadas, CMO, AEH conducted the proceedings. The outgoing chairman, Dr. P.N., vice chairman, Dr. G. Natchiar and director Dr. M. Srinivasan blessed the new chairman and his team, assuring full support in all their efforts toward achieving the mission of eliminating needless blindness. Dr. Ravindran expressed his thanks for having selected him as the Chairman.

Dr. M. Srinivasan in his welcome address said that it is a historic day in Aravinds history when transfer of power from the elder generation to the younger generation is being held. He narrated his long association with Aravind and explained the unique qualities and leadership of our chief Dr. G. Venkataswamy. He wished the new chairman success and said that he will continue to remain here and serve the organisation.

Dr. P. Namperumalsamy in his handing over of power address said that change of leadership on age basis is not only mandatory but necessary for the dynamic development of any organisation. It is not because the elders lack ability but because the youngsters have more vigour and imagination. The process of transition started last year and after a long deliberation the Senior Leadership Team has chosen Dr. R.D. Ravindran as the right person to take over the responsibilities of Aravind Eye Care System, he said.

Dr. P.N. while blessing the new team gave a piece of advice to tread the path set by Dr. V and further expand the organisation avoiding the corporate ideas. He asked the new team to evolve new models in the treatment of diseases like glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy etc as the one already set by Aravind in the case of cataract. He said that they will act as advisors to the new team, observing, watching and supporting them all the time in the journey towards achieving the mission.

Dr. G. Natchiar in her address praised the character and qualities of Dr. Ravindran. He had never questioned any decision made by Dr. V. in his transfer matters. When he was asked to go to Theni for starting a new Aravind Hospital he went there. Then he was transferred to Tirunelveli from where to Coimbatore and then to Pondicherry. He went to all these places and executed the hospital projects, ably contributing for their growth. Dr. Natchiar said that she would remain as the director of Human Resource Department for one year for selecting and grooming a right person for that position. And she assured that her support for the new team will always be available.

Dr. Ravindran assuming the new responsibility as chairman of AECS assured that the new team will follow the tradition and culture set out by Dr.V. and other senior leaders. He outlined the developmental plans he has in mind for the further development and growth of the organisation. - K.V.S. Lakshmanan
Dr. G. Natchiar receives Honorary Degree
Chennai, July 10
Dr. G. Natchiar, ViceChairman, Aravind Eye Care System was conferred the D.Sc (Doctor of Science, Hon. Causa) by the Dr. M.G.R Medical University at the 20th convocation ceremony held at Madras University Centenary Auditorium.
Vocational Excellence Award to Dr. Usha Kim
Madurai, July 4
Dr. Usha Kim, Chief - Orbit and Oculoplasty clinic was conferred the Vocational Excellence Award by Rotary Club of Madurai North West for her noble and committed services to the needy and visually impaired patients through free eye camps and providing light of life to see the world again. Hearty Congratulations to Dr. Usha Kim.
Dr. G. Natchiar gets Honorary Degree

Dr. G. Natchiar, Vice Chairman, Aravind Eye Care System will be conferred the D.Sc (Doctor of Science, Hon. Causa) by the Dr. M.G.R Medical University. The honour will be awarded during the 20th convocation ceremony which is scheduled on July 10 at the Madras University Centenary Auditorium.
Dr. Vs biography would transform youths life: Dr. Abdul Kalam
Madurai, May 20, 2010
The life- story of an everlasting "Light" that lighted up and continues to inspire many others to light up lakhs and lakhs of sightless eyes has been brought out as a book in Tamil.

"Vizhi Vaelvi" , a biography of Dr. G. Venkataswamy, founder of Aravind Eye Care System, would trigger a big change in the youths life, said Dr. Abdul Kalam, former President of India while releasing the book on May 20, 2010 at Madurai. Dr. Mayilvahanan, Vice Chancellor, Dr. M.G.R. Medical University received the first copy.

The function was held at the spacious ground floor hall of Dr. G. Venkataswamy Eye Research Institute building. Chairman Dr. P.Namperumalsamy, Vice Chairman Dr. Natchiar, Dr. Nallakrishnan, Mr. G. Srinivasan and other senior leaders received the former President and conducted him to the dais. Dr. P.N. honoured Dr. Abdul Kalam with a shawl and bouquet.

Dr. G. Natchiar delivered welcome address in which she gave the genesis of "VizhiVaelvi" and the objectives with which the book has been brought out. Initially Dr. V did not favour the idea of his own biography since it would be of no use to anybody. However, after getting acquaintance with Mr. Sivalingam and having read his Tamil translation of Dr. Abdul Kalams book "Wings of fire" , she spoke to Dr. V. And convinced him that his life story will be a message to the people that if one has the perseverance and determination to achieve a goal facing all challenges and overcoming the obstacles, he/ she could certainly achieve the same. It would also provide a motivation that if an institution is run properly with a good leadership, it will continue for many centuries and Mr. Sivalingam could be entrusted with writing the book.

Finally Dr. V agreed. After a few interactions with the chief and meeting with many people connected with Aravind, the author has finished his task, said Dr. Natchiar . With a vision of a blind-free India which later expanded to a vision of a blind-free world, Dr. V started his mission without any expectations . And the present leadership too is continuing that mission with no expectations. When awards and honors began to come in Aravinds way, we sometimes have apprehensions that these awards may deviate us from our missionary path and make us think in terms of more such things, Dr. Natchiar said.

She concluded with an assertion that Aravind will continue to proceed in the direction shown by Dr. V keeping in mind Sri Krishnas Gita teaching that one should perform his duty without expecting benefits.

Releasing the book " Vizhi Vaelvi" published by Vikatan publication, Dr. Abdul Kalam said that Dr. Venkataswamys Aravind Eye Care System has created a record in its mission of eliminating needless blindness. He never complained about anything in his life and transformed all challenges into success. His new model of eye care delivery system in which 60 percent of patients receive free or subsidised treatment with the money received from the 40 percent paying patients has gained global attention and become a case study in many business schools.

All that Dr. V had achieved were possible because of his upbringing by father Sri. Govindappa who had inculcated discipline, good behaviour, moral values, patriotism and reading habit. He mentioned in this connection the small home- library Sri. Govindappa had set up with Tamil classics like Kamba Ramayanam, Naaladiyaar, Vivekanandas lectures, Gandhijis " Satyasodanai" etc.

"Dr. Vs biography would drive home the importance of hard work to the parents and youngsters. It will remain as a light house. His life story will bring about a big change in the life of the youth. And serve as a guide to the present day youth" said Dr. Abdul Kalam. In conclusion the former president congratulated the author for skillfully condensing the nearly 100 year life story of Dr. V into 320 pages in beautiful Tamil.

Dr. Mayilvahanan Natarajan, Vice Chancellor who spoke after receiving the first copy of the book said that the biography has been aptly named as " Vizhi Vaelvi" , since Dr. Venkataswamy carried out his mission of providing eye sight to the visually impaired as if he was performing an " yagna" which means " Vaelvi" in Tamil .He praised Dr. V as " Kannoli Gandhi" and suggested to bring out a book in English on his missionary journey for the benefit of the international community.

Mr. Sivalingam in his introductory speech thanked Aravind leaders for having given the opportunity of writing Dr. Vs life story. He explained how association with Dr.Venkataswamy transformed his life.

Mr. G. Srinivasan, President, Govel Trust proposed a vote of thanks.
- K.V.S. Lakshmanan
Hilton Award Ceremony
Redwood City, April 20, 2010
Amidst much excitement, the senior leaders at Aravind left to California to attend the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Award ceremony. This year, the much-awaited award ceremony was held for the first time, as part of the Global Philanthropy Forum on 20th April, at Redwood City. Those of us back here at Aravind didnt get left out we were fortunate to be able to see the whole ceremony through a live webcast!

A mixed group of staff gathered at the LAICO conference hall and we watched eagerly as Ms. Judy Miller, Vice-President of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation introduced the ceremony followed by the president and CEO of the foundation, Steven M. Hilton, who introduced Aravind Eye Care System and why the organisation was considered worthy of this award. A short narrative video was played to describe the work of Dr. G. Venkataswamy that continues to define Aravind Eye Care System. It was thrilling to see many of our colleagues appear as part of the video and it is befitting to note that in this way, the Aravind staff were also present at the ceremony.

It was a moment of pride for all of us watching when Dr. Namperumalsamy and Dr. Natchiar received the award sculpture and the cheque for $1.5 million amidst a standing ovation. Dr. Namperumalsamy expressed his gratitude to all those who contributed to the success of Aravind and went on to describe the work that goes on at Aravind the evolution of the organisation and its different initiatives for the benefit of the audience gathered there. He underlined the vision of Dr. Venkataswamy and his spirit of service.

The ceremony was concluded by a very witty keynote address by Dr. William H. Foege, a Senior Fellow at the Gates Foundation. In his engaging speech, he drew lessons from Aravinds work and called for more such compassionate initiatives to make this world a better place. He said that Aravind had its priorities right given the context that it operates in, Aravind puts a high priority on equity and compassion. He also said that it was encouraging to see the power of ideas and how people across the globe can learn from one another how Dr.V learnt from McDonalds. He invited those gathered there to honour the spirit of Aravind not just by simply honouring it but also by striving to emulate it in some way.

Mr. Thulasiraj was interviewed by the online journal onPhilanthrophy.com on this occasion. Read the article.
Congratulations
Aravind Madurai, April 20, 2010
We are really proud of the efforts taken by the entire team and effective Co-ordination of the staff, Managers and Doctors for performing 265 (Cataract 248 (Including 100 Andhra patients), Others 17) largest number of surgeries in a day.
ASCRS 2010 Film Festival Winner
ASCRS Film Festival, USA, April 9-14, 2010
Dr. R. Venkatesh
- Safe and Effective Technique to Tackle Lens Induced Glaucoma in Developing World

Dr. Haripriya Aravind
- New Techniues-Iris fixation of Rigid IOLs
For the Sake of Honour Awards to Dr. P.N. and Dr. G.N
A and T Network Systems, Pvt, Ltd., Madurai, April 13
Dr. P. Namperumalsamy and Dr. G. Natchiar, Chairman and Vice Chairman, Aravind Eye Care System have been awarded the esteemed 'For the Sake of Honour' awards by the A andamp; T Network Systems, Pvt, Ltd, one of the earliest and the most trusted providers of Internetworking solutions as well as internet related services in South India. The awards were given in recognition of the extensive humanitarian services channelised by them through several of Aravinds outlets spread across the country. These awards were presented at the ceremony held in Madurai on April 13.
Dr. R.Venkatesh's research focuses on the equally effective MSICS for Cataract
Aravind - Pondicherry
Rengaraj Venkatesh, CMO, Aravind - Pondicherry compared less expensive manual small incision cataract surgery with the more advanced phacoemulsification technique in patients with mature white cataracts. His results showed no significant difference in best corrected visual acuity between the two techniques.

This result is really a great blessing to the ophthalmic communities in the developing world which finds it difficult to maintain the equipment, supplies and training needed for the Phaco. Read more.
Hilton Humanitarian Prize for Aravind Eye Care System
Los Angeles, March 5, 2010
Aravind Eye Care System gains another honour as it has been selected for the $ 1.5 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize. The award will be presented on April 20 in Redwood City, California. Aravind was one of almost 200 nominees for the prize for the year 2010. The award was introduced in 1996 by Hilton foundation established by the late hotelier to help the suffering humanity. Past winners include the medical group Doctors without Borders; Heifer International, an agency that works to end world hunger; the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims; and BRAC, the NGO in Bangladesh.
Dr. G. Venkataswamy Endowment Oration Award for Dr. Goldberg
January 9, 2010
Aravind Eye Care System conferred Dr. G. Venkataswamy Endowment Oration Award on the world renowned vision researcher and ophthalmology professor Dr. Morton F. Goldberg on January 9, 2009 at a function held at GVERI premises. The award was given in recognition of Dr. Goldbergs outstanding contributions to vision sciences and service to humanity, in taking it a step forward towards the goal of eradicating blindness.

Dr. Krishnadass, CMO, Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai welcomed the gathering. Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman, AECS, while introducing Dr. Goldberg referred him as his teacher, mentor and family friend who has played a significant role in shaping him as a retina vitreous specialist.

Dr. Goldberg in his oration award lecture showered encomiums on Dr. V who, he said, was a generous person with a remarkable clairvoyance devoting his entire life to other people. The vision scientist dealt elaborately on Persistent Fetal Vasculature and Persistent Hyperplasic Primary Vitreous with ample clinical photographs.

After the lecture Dr. P.N. presented the award instituted by Aravind Eye Care System to perpetuate the memory of Dr. V to Dr. Goldberg, who became its first recipient. Dr. S. Rathinam, chief of Uvea clinic, proposed a vote of thanks.
TED conference
Mysore, November 27, 2009
Mr. R. D Thulasiraj Executive Director of LAICO made presentation about the Aravind model in November 27, 2009, at the prestigious TED conference, held for the first time in India, at Mysore. He explained how blindness can affect an individual he not only loses eye sight but his independence, dignity as well as productivity. He explaind how the value system, efficiency and an atmosphere that fosters innovation have been the building blocks of Aravind. He explained how the focus was to overcome the barriers for the patient in order for him to utilise Aravinds services. He showed how Aravind leverages IT for improving efficiency. He elaborated on how this model could be used in other areas of healthcare and how even developed countries can learn from this model. This talk was well received by those present there.
Aravind Eye Hospital wins the NASSCOM CNBC IT User Award 2009
Mumbai, December 2, 2009
Aravind Eye Hospital has won the NASSCOM CNBC IT user Award for the year 2009. The Award Jury was tremendously impressed by the pro-active and holistic approach to IT adoption at Aravind Eye Hospital and the seamless alignment of IT with the business strategy. The Award ceremony is scheduled for December 2, 2009 at the Taj Landsend, Bandra, Mumbai. Mr Sachin Pilot (Minister of State for IT) will be the Chief Guest.
AMECS Hospital wins an Award
Sudarshan Netralaya, Amreli, October 8, 2009
Sudarshan Netralaya, an Aravind Managed Eye Hospital has been selected as the number one eye Hospital/NGO in Amreli District as well as 9th in the whole of Gujarat. This is the first time in the history of Amreli district. The Government of Gujarat has recognised the efforts of Sudarshan Netralaya in the fight against needless blindness by this award. On 8th October the award was announced by Gujarat Health Minister.
"Atlas of Imaging in Neuro-ophthalmology and Orbit" launched
Aravind-Madurai, September 29, 2009
Launching of "Atlas of Imaging in Neuro-ophthalmology and Orbit", authored by Dr.Usha Kim, Dr. S. Mahesh Kumar and Dr. K.G. Srinivasan and published by Aravind Eye Hospitals and Postgraduate Institute of Ophthalmology was held on September 29 at Aravind Eye Hospital auditorium. Dr. Pararajasegaram, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Global Ambassador, IMPACT released the book. The First copy was received by Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman, Aravind Eye Care System.

Dr. Mahesh Kumar welcomed the gathering. Dr. Usha Kim narrated the genesis of the Atlas and the various stages of its making into the final form. She thanked Dr. K.G. Srinivasan of the K.G.S. Advanced MRandCT Scan Centre for his valuable contributions.

Dr. G.Natchiar, Vice Chairman, congratulated the author trio for their efforts in bringing out the book which she said would be of great help to both the trainees and ophthalmologists.

Dr. K.G. Srinivasan who has provided a number of images from the archives of his centre for this book assured that he would continue to associate himself in bringing out another edition of the book with increased contributions.
Pushpagiri Vitreo Retina Institute's Foundation Award
Pushpagiri Eye Institute, Secunderabad, September 13, 2009
Pushpagiri Eye Institute, Secunderabad honoured Dr.P. Namperumalsamy as the 'first recipient' of "Pushpagiri Vitreo Retina Institutes Foundation Award" in recognition of his contribution to the development of eye care services in India especially in the field of Vitreo Retinal diseases.


China Honours our Executive Director

Mr. R.D. Thulasiraj, Executive Director, LAICO has been conferred with the International Gold Award of Chinese Ophthalmological Society in recognition of his supports and outstanding contributions to Chinese Ophthalmology on August 27, 2009 in Chongqing, China.

The Chinese Ophthalmological Society, as an expression of gratitude to Mr. R.D. Thulasiraj for his excellent lecture in the 14th Congress of the Society held on August 25-29, has also presented a certificate of appreciation.


eINDIA 2009 Award
Aravind-Madurai, August 26
Aravind Eye Care System has received an award from eINDIA 2009 for IT initiatives undertaken in the vision centres. Aravinds nominated project 'Health Management Research Initiative' has been declared the winner of eINDIA 2009 Award in the category of 'Innovative Grassroots Telecentre of the Year'. The award was presented at the awards ceremony at eINDIA 2009 event held on 26th Aug 2009 at Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Hyderabad.
Dr.P.Sundaresan awarded ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research

recognition of his significant contributions in biomedical research.

The awards presentation ceremony is to be held at New Delhi. Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Hon'ble Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India has consented to give away the awards.
Inauguration of Alandurai Vision Centre
July 9, 2009
New Vision Centre was inaugurated at Alandurai at Coimbatore. The centre was inaugurated by Alandurai by Lion. R.Madhanagopal ( Lions Vice District Governer -District 324 B1), in the presence of Dr. V. Narendran, CMO, Aravind-Coimbatore, Dr. Manohar Babu, Camp Medical Officer, Lion. Saji David- Second Vice District Governor - Lions district 324 B1, Mr. Sivasamy - Executive Officer, Puluvapatti Town Panchayat and ward members. A total of 45 peoples (local leaders, private shoppers, government officers BSNL, Panchayat board members,) attended the function.
10 years celebration of Rotary Aravind International Eye Bank
LAICO, May 1, 2009
Rotary Aravind International Eye Bank (RAIEB) celebrated its 10 years of Eye Banking at LAICO on May 1, 2009 when the Active Eye collection centres from 12 districts of Tamilnadu were honoured.

The programme started with the lighting of Kuthuvilakku by Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman, Dr.G.Natchiar, Vice-Chairman, past rotary governors Rtn.Ramanathan, Rtn.Shanmugasundaram and Mr.Lalji Vora. (Milan Proprietor). Dr.S.R.Krishnadas, CMO, Aravind-Madurai delivered welcome address.

Dr.P.Namperumalsamy released the 10 yrs souvenir and appreciated the Eye Collection centres for their wonderful work. Felicitation address was given by Dr.Kousalya Devi, Kasthuribai Hospital, Gandhigram, Rtn. M.N.Nayagam, Rtn.Ramanathan, Rtn.Lalji Vora and Rtn.Shanmugasundaram. Dr.M.Srinivasan, Director-AECS and RAIEB, explained the genesis of Madurai Eye Bank Association (MEBA) and RAIEB. Various Lions Clubs and NGOs were honoured during the celebration for the collection of 14,232 eyes in 10 years. Ms. Hepsiba Jawahar, Eye Bank manager delivered vote of thanks.

Inauguration of Aravinds City Centre
Madurai, 13th March 2009
Aravind Eye Hospitals City Centre was inaugurated on 13th March 2009 at 135, Palace road, Madurai by Sri. G. Srinivasan, Director-Fianance, Aravind Eye Care System. The solemn and simple ceremony was attended by Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman, Dr. G. Natchiar, Vice Chairman, Dr.M.Srinivasan, Director and other senior leaders of Aravind. Two bronze Kuthuvilakkus were lighted by the leaders and prominent invitees followed by distribution of sweets to the selected gathering.

The centralised A/C outpatient section is housed in a compact refurbished building. It consists of separate cabins for refractionists and doctors for examining patients. An optical shop is also available to enable the patients to purchase spectacles of their choice.

After the inauguration ceremony, the City Centre which is mainly intended for employees working in offices and industrial / commercial establishments as well as students started to function. The centre will have Friday as weekly holiday, keeping open on Sundays also. On the last Sunday (15.03.2009) a total of 98 patients including 3 review patients were examined.
TIFAC - Core Workshop on Flow Cytometry and Its Application in Ophthalmic Research
LAICO, February 17-21
ravind Eye Hospital has established TIFAC-CORE (Centre of Relevance and Excellence) to carry out studies on various aspects of Diabetic Retinopathy. This workshop was organised as a part of the TIFAC-CORE project at Aravind Medical Research Foundation, Dr. G. Venkataswamy Eye Research Institute, Aravind Eye Care System, Madurai.

Flow cytometry (FCM) is a widely used technique, not only in immunology and hematology but also in many other domains and new applications have been developed in ophthalmology, for investigating ocular surface biology and pathophysiology.

The five day workshop included lectures from 5 pioneers in the field of Flow Cytometry:
andbull; Dr. Attila Tarnok, University of Leipzig, Germany
andbull; Dr. James F. Leary, Purdue University, USA
andbull; Dr. Robert M Zucker, US Environmental Protection Agency, USA
andbull; Dr. Susann Muller, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ, Germany and
andbull; Dr. Henning Ulrich, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

The sessions highlighted recent advancements in the field of Flow Cytometry and its various applications. The practical sessions included the demonstration of basics of analytical Cytometry and training of students in cytometry techniques and its applications in ophthalmic research. A total of 12 participants from various research institutes and colleges attended the training programme.
Padmashree Dr. JS Mahashabde Memorial IAGICEH Award 2008 to Dr. P.N
Jaipur, February 3, 2009
Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman, AECS has been awarded Padmashree Dr. JS Mahashabde Memorial IAGICEH Award 2008 by International Centre for Eye Health, London at the AIOS Conference, Jaipur, February 3, 2009.

On behalf of our Chairman, Dr. Naresh K Babu, Senior Consultant, Retina Vitreous Services has received the award from Dr Mathur, Vice - Chancellor of Rajasthan Health University. The meeting was presiding over by Dr. Swapan Samantha, Secretary of ICEH Alumini Indian Chapter.

This award was given as a mark of recognition towards his lift long selfless devoted community eye health care services around the Indian subcontinent.

Health Care and Life Sciences Award to Dr. P.N
Mumbai , November 26
Dr. P Namperumalsamy, Chairman, Aravind Eye Care System, (with his initiation as the Co-ordinator, TIFAC-CORE in Diabetic Retinopathy) is chosen for the Health Care and Life Sciences Award the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 for his contribution to super-specialty Ophthalmology and his pioneering work in medical and surgical treatment of diseases of retina and vitreous in India.

Also, the awards were given to various categories such as Lifetime Achievement, Infrastructure and Construction, manufacturing, Start-Up Entrepreneur, Services, Business Transformation, Manager at the award ceremony.

Ernst and Young organised its tenth Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of The Year Awards 2008 on Wednesday, November 26, at the Taj Lands End in Mumbai. As many as 400 of the countrys leading industrialists and corporate personalities gathered at the occasion.

Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year has recognized and honored over 70 exemplary Indian entrepreneurs, who have helped put the country on the global stage. Across 135 cities and 50 countries, the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year is the worlds most prestigious and coveted business award for entrepreneurs.

Inauguration of Dr. G. Venkataswamy Eye Research Institute
Madurai , October 1
Medical research should be oriented towards finding solutions to unique problems faced in India and developing effective medicines at affordable cost, said the former President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam after inaugurating the Dr. G. Venkataswamy Eye Research Institute.

Calling upon all those involved in a wide spectrum of medical field in the Aravind Eye Care System (AECS) to come together to find solutions to all forms of avoidable blindness, Mr. Kalam wanted the institute to focus on finding the unique index for body mass among Indians. Research should also be undertaken to find out the index-specific gene that caused diabetic retinopathy among those with diabetes.

He pointed out that diabetic people in Orissa did not develop diabetic retinopathy. Was this due to the habit of consuming fresh water fish, he wondered and wanted medical researchers to find out the link. He said there was a need to develop a medicine for fungal infection of the cornea and a cost-effective medicine for glaucoma. Research should also focus on predicting the predisposition of a child in the womb to eye diseases.

Mr. Kalam said though the AECS had been winning several awards the greatest award would be getting light from darkness for millions of people across the globe. The institute, he said, was the most fitting tribute to Dr. Venkataswamy, who had created a brand in eye care delivery from south Tamil Nadu, on his 90th birthday. The research institute would create a global brand in research and accelerate the movement towards eradication of needless blindness.

M. Natarajan, Principal Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister, said the AECS was able to perform over 2 lakh cataract surgeries per year through effective strategies that transcended the barriers of poverty and ignorance. He was confident that the Defence Research and Development Organisation, which was doing collaborative research with AECS, would be in a position to come out with a bionic eye in the next 10 years. Wallace J. Lee Alward, Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Iowa, expressed the hope that Aravind would enjoy the same level of success in research as it had in treatment and manufacturing (lens and drugs). Pararajasekaram, former World Health Organisation consultant from Sri Lanka, recalled how Dr. Venkataswamys work embodied Gandhian principles.

P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman, AECS, recalled the various stages of the mission of eliminating needless blindness in society. VR. Muthukaruppan, Director, Research, outlined the scope for the Rs.29 crore facility in various areas of ophthalmic research.
56th Annual Conference of Tamil Nadu Ophthalmic Association
Chennai , August 8-10


Aurolab participated in the 56th Annual Conference of Tamil Nadu Ophthalmic Association held at Chennai from 8-10. A team from Aurolab took part in the trade fair of TNOA conference. Aurolab was given the Best Stall Award for its stall exhibited in the conference. Aurolab took this opportunity to introduce its new product Aurosling - an implantable flexible silicon rod swaged to malleable sharp needles with a 7mm silicon sleeve and also promoted the existing products to the ophthalmic society. Many delegates who attended the conference visited Aurolabs stall and viewed the products promoted by the staff members.
Mr. Poornachandran got DEAF LEADERS Award

Mr. Poornachandran of Aravinds Instruments Maintenance department was awarded the Deaf Leaders Award for 2008. The award was presented to him on August 23, 2008 at the 5th year anniversary celebrations of DEAF LEADERS (Deaf Empowerment Activities for Literacy, Education, Accessible Development, Employment, Rehabilitation and Sports) at Coimbatore. Last year at the meeting of the organisation, Mr. Poornachandran had given a talk using sign language and a power point presentation on his work at Aravind.
17th Annual Meeting of the Indian Eye Research Group (IERG)
LAICO, July, 26-27, 2008
Dr.G.Venkataswamy Eye Research Institute organized the 17th annual meeting of the Indian Eye Research Group (IERG) at Aravind-Madurai from July 26-27, 2008.

Dr. VR.Muthukkaruppan, Director-Research, AMRF welcomed the gathering.
Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman, AECS delivered the inaugural address. A total of 120 delegates including scientists, ophthalmologists and researchers from leading eye institutes, Universities and National Institutes in India participated in the conference.

During the conference, the papers were presented on recent trends and developments in various fields of Ophthalmology: Molecular genetics, Proteomics, Cell biology, Stem cells, Microbiology, Ocular pharmacology, Epidemiology were presented and discussed in detail.

Two oration awards were arranged by the IERG Organizing committee. Dr. G. Natchair, Vice Chairman, AECS presented Dr. G.Venkataswamy Memorial Oration award to Dr. Fielding Hejtmancik, Chief, Department of Genetics, National Eye Institute, USA. His oration was on andquot;The Barbados Family study of open Angle Glaucoma: Recent Progressandquot;. Dr. Anand Swaroop, Senior Investigator and Chief, Neurobiology Neurodegeneration and repair Laboratory (N-NRL), National Eye Institute, USA received the Bireswar Chakrabarti Memorial Oration Award from
Dr. P. Namperumalsamy. He delivered the oration entitled andquot;Retinal Development and Degeneration: Treatment Paradigms form Basic Biologyandquot;.

Dr. Haripriya Aravind
- Role of optic material and haptic design on incidence of posterior capsule opacification
- Whats new in cataract surgery

A total of 40 oral and 49 poster presentations, the following were awarded the Best oral and poster presentations. S. Vaishali, AMRF, Madurai and J. Nirmal, AIIMS, New Delhi received the Best Oral Award. GP.Surya Prakash, LVPEI, Hyderabad and V. Sasikala, University of Kerala, Kerala received Best Poster Award. Ten young research scholars were given Travel Fellowship. Dr. Lalitha Prajna and Dr. P.Sundaresan from Aravind Eye Care System organized the scientific sessions.
Dr. P.N receives award from Apollo Hospitals
Chennai, July 20, 2008
Apollo Hospitals have conferred an award on Aravind Eye Care System in recognition of redefining quality eye care, for pioneering a self-sustaining system that has overcome barriers of distance, poverty and ignorance, and taken eye-care to the doorstep of rural India. Chairman Dr. P.Namperumalsamy was honoured with the award on the occasion of Doctors Day celebration on July 20, 2008. The celebration was organized by Apollo Hospitals at Hotel Taj Coramendal, Chennai.

Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman and Dr. G. Natchiar, Vice-Chairman of AECS participated in the celebration. The Chairman of Apollo Hospitals presided over the function and the Honourable Union Minister for Finance Shri P. Chidambaram presented the awards and delivered the special address. The award received by Dr. P.N. carries a Citation Block and a cash of Rs. 2 lacs.
President presented BC Roy Award to Dr. PN
Rashtrapati Bhavan ,1 July , 2008
Dr. P.Namperumalsamy, chairman, Aravind Eye Care System received the BC Roy Award (for 2006), on July 1, 2008. President Pratibha Patil presented the B.C. Roy National Awards for Medicine to eminent doctors at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan on July 1, 2008.

The doctors were felicitated for their contributions to medical research, teaching and development of specialities in various branches of medicine. The awards for 2005, 2006 and 2007 were given to 55 doctors for their contributions to various medical disciplines, including psychiatry, gastroenterology, oncology, urology and cardiology.
PIRAMAL PRIZE FOR ARAVIND
Ahmedabad, June 30, 2008
Aravind Eye Care System has won the Piramal Prize for its innovative rural eye care service through the IT enabled Vision centres which offer telemedicine facility to eye patients in the villages. The Rs. 10 lakh prize was awarded by the Piramal Foundation and centre of Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship, a wing of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

A memorandum on the Vision Centre Programme initiated by Chairman Dr. P. Namperumalsamy was submitted and explained to the panel by Mr. V. Vijayakumar, Project Manager and Mr. Mohammed Gowth, Assistant Manager, Camp office. Out of the 300 odd applicants, Aravind got through the selection process and won the prize. Both the Aravind staff received the award at a function held on June 30, 2008 at Ahmedabad.
Sangamam'08 - Madurai
Madurai, June 24, 2008

To recognise the employees' collective contributions and joint efforts that have earned for Aravind prestigious international awards like the Champalimaud Vision Award and Gates Award for Global Health, Aravind Eye Care System held a function - "Sangamam"- on June 24, 2008.

The function, was attended by special invitees and chief guest Mr. Raja Govindasamy, Principal, Thyagarajar Arts college. Mr. Sanil Joseph rendered prayer song.

Dr. R. Krishnadas, CMO, Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, delivered welcome address. He acknowledged the services of everyone and congratulated all employees for their contributions.

Chairman Dr. P.Namperumalsamy in his thanks giving speech said, "All we have achieved is the achievement of each one of you. It is the award for each and every one of you who is working for Aravind. Without your individual contributions this achievement would not have been possible".

Mr. Raja Govindaswamy paid compliments to the united work of Aravind employees and admired the honesty and sincerity with which they are functioning. A skit that demonstrated the kind and compassionate service of Aravind doctors and other employees received acclamation from the audience. Dr. Ramakrishnan, Assistant Administrator, Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai proposed a vote of thanks. The National Anthem was played by representatives of various departments.
Sangamam'08
Aravind, Puducherry, 20 June 2008

Sangamam '08 was celebrated at Aravind-Puducherry on June 20. Programme commenced with the prayer song, Mr. Poobalan, Manager-Administration welcomed the gathering and Dr. Venkatesh, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, explained the Genesis of Aravind through power point presentation. Dr. R.D. Ravindran, CMO gave a motivational talk and explained about the prestigious awards of AECS got during the recent time with slides showing the presentation ceremony.

Mr. Vijay Poddar, Pondicherry Ashramam and Mr. Muthuramalingam, Madhuranthagam were the special guest for the function. During their felicitation speech they shared their experience with Aravind Eye Hospital and how the team has worked to get such awards. They congratulated the entire staff for their service and emphasized that the sincere service extended to the patients is considered much more recognition than the Awards.

The video clipping of Dr.Allen Fosters inspiring speech during the inauguration of the Aurolab was shown to the audience with Tamil translation. A few letters of feedback about Aravinds services, received from patients were read to audience. Dr. Badrinath Talwar thanked the gathering.
The Gates Award for Global Health
Washington D.C, U.S.A, 29 May 2008
Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman, Aravind Eye Care System received the prestigious Gates Award for Global Health for 2008 on May 29, 2008. In a grand ceremony held at Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington D.C, U.S.A, Bill Gates Sr, presented the $ 1 million Gates Award to our chairman. Dr. R.D. Ravindran, Joint Director, AECS also attended the function. (Read More)
Dr. Narendran and his team achieved a magnificent feat
Aravind - Coimbatore, May 26, 2008
Dr. Narendran, Aravind Eye Hospital, Coimbatore and his team successfully performed the first case of Ophthalmic Brachytherapy using Iodine 125 seeds manufactured by Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC) on May 26, 2008. It is a case of a large choroidal melanoma. Last week they did their second case and the third case is due next week. This is the first time in India that I-125 seeds from BARC are using commercially which had earlier been used only in pilot studies.
The Gates Award for Global Health - Announcement
May 21, 2008
Aravind Eye Care System Wins $1 Million Prize for Preventing and Curing Blindness in India's Poorest Communities.

SEATTLE - In recognition of its groundbreaking work to prevent debilitating blindness and provide affordable, world-class eye care to the poor, the Aravind Eye Care System, based in Tamil Nadu, India, has won the 2008 Gates Award for Global Health. The $1 million Gates Awardthe world's largest prize for international healthhonors extraordinary efforts to improve health in developing countries.

Founded by Dr. G. Venkataswamy in 1976, Aravind has saved millions of people in India from debilitating blindness. Cataracts account for more than half the cases of blindness in India. In the past year, Aravind provided out-patient care to approximately 2.4 million patients and performed more than 280,000 surgeries. Thanks in part to Aravind's efforts, the estimated number of blind people in India fell from 8.9 million in 1990 to 6.7 million in 2002, a decline of 25%.

William H. Gates Sr., co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will present the award on May 29 at the Global Health Council's 35th Annual International Conference in Washington, DC.

"Being blind in a rural village in the developing world leaves a person in darkness and dependence, often unable to earn a living or assist in the duties of their household," said Mr. Gates. "Aravind has given sight to millions of men, women, and children, enabling them to participate fully in the lives of their families and communities."

Since 1976, Aravind has grown from a rented house with 11 beds to a thriving network of hospitals and satellite clinics that provide eye exams and surgeries, train health care professionals, conduct research, and manufacture eye care products.

Outreach teams from Aravind hospitals coordinate with local leaders and service groups across India to organize "eye camps" that provide free exams. Since 2004, Aravind has used high-speed broadband access to link these camps directly to on-call doctors in central hospitals. The doctors can diagnose and refer patients in real time, ensuring that only those who require surgery make the journey to the hospital.

"All people have a right to sight," said Dr. Perumalsamy Namperumalsamy, chairman of Aravind. "We hope that this award will encourage others to develop creative, sustainable solutions to blindness and other global health challenges."

Aravind's innovative business model enables it to provide the same high-quality care to every patient, regardless of their ability to pay, without charitable contributions. The organization enlists local businesses to sponsor eye care hospitals, and subsidizes care for the poor through fees from paying patients and global sales of eye care products.

"Ensuring that the world's poorest people can access essential health care is an ongoing challenge in global health," said Dr. Nils Daulaire, president of the Global Health Council. "Aravind has demonstrated that there are ways to do good and commit to providing the highest quality services while utilizing the latest technologies and scientific advances."

About the Gates Award for Global Health
The Gates Award for Global Health was established by Bill and Melinda Gates in 2000 to recognize exemplary work in international health. The Global Health Council coordinates the selection process for and presentation of the Gates Award at its Annual International Conference.

Previous recipients of the Gates Award include Thailand's Population and Community Development Association for its innovative work in family planning and HIV prevention (2007); the Carter Center, for its pioneering work to fight neglected diseases (2006); the African Medical and Research Foundation, for improving health in some of Africa's poorest communities (2005); the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, for community-based health programs (2004); the Brazilian National AIDS Program, for its integrated approach to HIV prevention and treatment (2003); the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, for contributions to polio eradication (2002); and the ICDDR,B Center for Health and Population Research, for the discovery of a diarrhea therapy that has saved millions of lives (2001).

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people's health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all peopleespecially those with the fewest resourceshave access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, the foundation is led by CEO Patty Stonesifer and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett
CME Programme on Paediatric Eye Diseases and Radiology in Paediatrics
Aravind-Tirunelveli, April 20, 2008
CME Programme on Paediatric Eye Diseases and Radiology in Paediatrics was conducted for Paediatricians at Aravind-Tirunelveli on April 20. A total of 45 Pediatricians from Tirunelveli, Tuticorin and Kanyakumari Districts participated in the CME. Dr.Gopinath, Radiologist and Dr.S.Raju, Paediatrician were invitied as Chief Guest.

The CME started with welcome address by Dr.R.Ramakrishnan, CMO, Aravind-Tirunelveli, followed by Dr.Meenakshi, Paediatric Ophthalmologist who spoke on andquot;Paediatric Eye Diseasesandquot;. Dr.Ankit Avasthi spoke on "Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). Dr.R.Ramakrishnan gave a talk on andquot;Developmental Glaucomaandquot;. Dr.Gopinath, Radiologist from Aarthi CT Scan spoke about andquot;Paediatric Radiologyandquot; and Dr.S.Raju, Paediatrician from Krishna Nursing Home about "Torch Infections". All the participants of the CME were given laminated Snellen chart with instructions to be displayed in their Clinics. This was given with an aim to create Vision Corridor.
"Administrator of the year" - Award to Executive Director Mr. R.D. Thulasiraj
Mumbai, March 14, 2008
The Aravind Eye Care System (AECS) won one more laurel when Modern Medicare Excellence Awards 2007 were presented in Mumbai on March 14, 2008. Mr. RD. Thulasiraj, Executive Director, LAICO has been Chosen as the "ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR". The awards were introduced last year by GE Healthcare in association with Info Media India to honour individuals and institutions for their outstanding contribution healthcare. Since he was on foreign tour, Mr. Sanil Joseph, Faculty, LAICO received the award.
Inauguration of Kurinjippadi primary eye testing centre
Aravind-Puducherry, February 6
Kurinjippadi Primary Eye Testing Centre (Vision Centre) was inaugurated on February 6, 2008. Tamil Nadu Health Minister, Honorable. M.R.K. Panneerselvam inaugurated the Centre in the presence of Mr. Rajendra Ratnu, District Collector, Cuddalore, Dr. N. Raja, Joint Director, Health, Cuddalore, Mr. R. Shanmuga Sundaram, Chairman, Panchayat Union, Kurinjippadi and Mrs. Thaiyal Nayagi, President, Panchayat, Kurinjippadi. Dr. R.D. Ravindran, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Venkatesh, Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Dr. Thiruvenkata Krishnan, Medical Officer, welcomed the Guests.
Inauguration of Surandai primary eye testing centre
Aravind-Tirunelveli, February 22
Primary Eye Testing Centre at Surandai was inaugurated on 22nd Februray 2008, by Dr.R.Ramakrishnan,Chief Medical Officer, Aravind-Tirunelveli. It is 45 Kms from Tirunelveli. The beginning was so encouraging and motivating, that out patient Department registered 108 Patients on the inaugural day.
Inauguration of Punjai Puliyampatti primary eye testing centre
Aravind-Coimbatore, February 24
The New Primary Eye Testing Centre at Punjai Puliyampatti was inaugurated on February 24 near Aravind-Coimbatore. Dr.Narendran, CMO, Aravind-Coimbatore inaugurated the Centre.
Inauguration of Vilathikulam primary eye testing centre
Aravind-Tirunelveli, February 25
Primary Eye Testing Centre at Vilathikulam was inaugurated on February 25 by C.M.O Dr.R.Ramakrishnan. On the inaugural day, 125 outpatients were examined which is the highest so far.
Aravinds online Virtual ophthalmic Academy
Aravind-Madurai, January 19, 2008
Aravinds online Virtual ophthalmic Academy was inaugurated on January 19, 2008 by Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, former President of India. Dr.Sathyamurthy, Director, ANTRIX Corp., ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) gave addresses in the function to be attended by distinguished guests and ophthalmologists. Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman, Aravind Eye Care System, delivered welcome address.

Networking of leading healthcare providers will help in sharing of knowledge, which will ultimately facilitate research in finding cure for diseases unique to the region, former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam said here on Saturday.

Launching the Aravind Virtual Academy (AVA) at Aravind Eye Hospital, Mr. Kalam mooted networking of the hospital with leading eyecare providers such as Sankara Netralaya.

Periodic virtual meetings among them to discuss diseases unique to the region would even help in research in emerging areas. Stressing that knowledge should rule the pursuits of the AVA, Mr. Kalam said such a knowledge would blossom from creativity, righteousness and courage. L. Sathyamurthy, Director, Antrix Corporation, Indian Space Research Organisation, underscored the ambition of the organisation to apply space technology for the benefit of society.

Initially Aravind Virtual Academy covers the five centres of Aravind and later the network will be extended to 30 t0 40 partner hospitals out of 227 hospitals LAICO is currently working.

With the VSAT connectivity provided by ISRO, the classes conducted at Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai will be telecasted live to classes conducted in various centres. The transmission will also be recorded simultaneously in soft wares which could be utilised later at the convenience of the students.
Congratulations Sir

Dr Ramakrishnan, Chief Medical Officer of Aravind-Tirunelveli has been accorded a rare distinction of being invited by Dr George Spaeth to be a distinguished member of the International Fellow of Spaeth Society (IFSS). This is a very rare and coveted recognition and he is probably the first resident Indian ophthalmologist to have received this honor.

Dr Ramakrishnan has been trained by Dr George L Spaeth at Wills Eye Hospital in 1989.

Dr George Spaeth, a renowned Glaucoma Specialist, is the Director of Glaucoma Services of Wills Eye Hospital of the Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia (Philadelphia State, USA). This institute has been consistently in the list of the Top Ten Eye Hospitals in the USA for the past several years. Dr Spaeth has made significant contributions in our understanding of glaucoma and has been a teacher non-parallel in the last decades of the twentieth century.

His research activities are centered around the characterisation and natural history of the cardinal manifestations of glaucoma, in particular-the anterior chamber angle, the visual field and the optic nerve. His teachings have profoundly influenced students and practitioners of glaucoma around the globe and it is an extra ordinary moment of pride for all of us at Aravind to see Dr Ramakrishnan as an elite member of Spaeths International Society. The only precedent of such a significant recognition is that of Dr. Namperumalsamy who was made a distinguished fellow of the legendary Schepens International Alumni.
31st Annual Day Celebration
Aravind-Madurai, December 15, 2007
31st Annual Day Celebration was held at Aravind-Madurai on December 15. All senior members, Doctors and staff participated in the programme. Dr. M. Srinivasan, Director, AECS welcomed the gathering. Dr. Krishnadas, CMO, presented the Achievements of Aravind Eye Care System in the year 2007. A cultural Programme performed by Creche Children was held. Mr. Sanil Joseph, Faculty sang a song about Madurai. Dr. Aravind, Administrator, AECS proposed vote of thanks. Service Awards were given in the function. Dr. G. Natchiar, Vice-Chairman, gave away 30 years service awards to IOL, Aurolab and Ms. B. Radha Bai, Superintendent, Nursing. Dr. M. Srinivasan gave away 25 year service award to Ms. S. Krishnaveni, Assistant Nursing Superintendent and Mr. Poornachandran, Instruments Maintenance Department. Dr. Tamilarasi MS student received the 1 st rank holder award in MS study.
Highest Rotary Award for Dr. M. Srinivasan
Aravind-Madurai, December 7, 2007
Rotary movement has conferred its prestigious For the Sake of Honour Award to Dr. M. Srinivasan, chief of Cornea clinic, Aravind Eye Hospital, on December 7, 2007.

Usually the awardee goes to the Rotary club to receive the award. In a rare gesture, and in recognition of the eye care services being rendered by Aravind, the office bearers and members of Rotary club of Madurai West came to Aravind to confer the award on Dr. M.S who is also the Director of Aravind Eye Hospitals and Postgraduate Institute of Ophthalmology.

A special function was held at the main hospitals auditorium for this purpose. Chairman Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Vice-Chairman, Dr. G. Natchiar, Dr. P. Vijaylakshmi, chief of paediatric ophthalmology clinic, senior staff members of Aravind and distinguished members of Rotary club attended the award ceremony. Mr.Jacob T. Abraham, President of Rotary club of Madurai west, welcomed the gathering.

Mr. Rajadurai, Governor, Rotary International District-3000, who conferred the award said that it is Rotarys highest award given for service to humanity. He praised the eye care services of Dr. M. Srinivasan as an ophthalmologist and as a driving force of Rotary Aravind International Eye Bank. During the past 20 years the number of visually handicapped persons has gone down thanks to the services of institutions like Aravind Eye Care System, he said, Mr. Natanagopal introduced Dr. M.S. to the Rotarians. Mr. Raja Govindasamy read the citation.

Dr. M. Srinivasan in his thanks giving address said that the Eye Bank in Aravind was started in the year 1998 in collaboration with the Rotary club. Through this Eye Bank 12, 000 corneas have been collected for use in corneal transplantations. He suggested that Rotary International adopt one rotary district for eye donation so that it could concentrate on getting more eye donations. Rotary club secretary Rtn.A.P.Adithan, proposed a vote of thanks.
Inauguration of Madukarai Vision Centre
Aravind-Puducherry, November 29, 2007
New Vision Centre at Madukarai was inaugurated on November 29, 2007 at Aravind-Puducherry. Vision Centre was inaugurated by Mr. V. Vaithilingam, Industries and Power Minister of Puducherry. Inauguration function was chaired by Mr. M.D.R. Ramachandran, Dr. R.D. Ravindran, CMO, and Dr. Venkatesh, Deputy Chief Medical Officer welcomed the gathering. 55 patients were registered in the Out Patient Department, out of which 5 were advised for GP and 5 were referred to base hospital for speciality services.
Training Programme
Fred Hollows Foundation, Sydney, November 12-15, 2007
Fred Hollows Foundation had invited LAICO to deliver a customized version of the 2 week programme managers course for their programme staff. A four day training programme was organized by LAICO for their Sydney office for their central office staff as well as the country programme staff. Fred Hollows Foundation supports eye care in South Asia, South East Asia, Africa as well as to the indigenous population of Australia. A total of 21 participants attended the workshop. The LAICO training team comprised of Mr. R.D.Thulasiraj, Executive Director, LAICO, Dr Prajna, Aravind-Madurai, and Ms Preethi Pradhan, Senior faculty, LAICO. The sessions covered included needs assessment and planning, the eye diseases module covering cataract, refractive errors, diabetic retinopathy, low vision and paediatric eye care; core concepts in eye care management as well as monitoring evaluation and partner enablement.
World Diabetes Day celebration
Aravind-Madurai, November 14, 2007
one of the complications of diabetes which affects blood vessels in the eye. The theme of this year's World Diabetes Day campaign is Diabetes in Children and Adolescents

As part of the days Programme a Mega Awareness Programme was organized in collaboration with Dinamalar at Lakshmi Sundram hall, Madurai for the diabetic patients and public. Dr. R. Lakshmipathy, Publisher, Dinamalar, inaugurated the Programme and Dr. G. Natchiar, Vice Chairman, AECS gave a special address. Around 470 persons were participated in the Programme.

Mr. Raja (Pattimandra Pugal) delivered the guests address. Following this, Patient and Doctor Interaction session was conducted. The respective specialist answered the questions and participants doubts were clarified. Dr. K. Naresh babu delivered the vote of thanks.
Inauguration of Kinathukadavu Vision Centre
Aravind-Coimbatore, October 10, 2007
A new Vision Centre was inaugurated on October 10 at Kinathukadavu by Dr. Narendran, CMO, Aravind-Coimbatore. It is 28 Kms from base hospital. Aravind has blended information technology innovatively into the center facilitating online (live) consultation for each patient with the Ophthalmologist at Aravind-Coimbatore which is a low cost telemedicine approach. This approach which is unique helps patients acquire right treatment advice directly from Ophthalmologist which saves lot of time and money to the patients. The center charges a nominal charge of Rs.20/- for outpatient visits. A total of 35 outpatients were registered on inaugural day.
Launch of Neuro-Ophthalmology Text Book
Aravind-Madurai, October 4, 2007
Aravind Eye Care System launched the 4th edition of Neuro-ophthalmology text book on October 4, 2007. The launch function was held at Aravind Eye hospital during the Grand Rounds and telecasted to all the five hospitals. Dr. Pararajasegaram, Consultant, WHO, released the book. Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman, Aravind Eye Care System, received the first copy in the presence of Dr. G. Natchiar, Vice-chairman. The fourth edition of Neuro-ophthalmology book was edited by Dr. Mahesh Kumar, Consultant, Department of Neuro-Ophthalmology, Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai. Dr. G. Natchiar, Vice-chairman, Aravind Eye Care System, in her speech recalled how the book had evolved over the past 4 editions with the 1st edition appearing in 1982 and which was popular among all the ophthalmology post graduate students in the country for the past 25 years.
Launch of MLOPs Training Manuals
October 1, 2007
Aravind Eye Care System launched eight training manuals as an offering to Dr. V on his 89th birth anniversary on October 1, 2007. Of the eight manuals, five are in the Ophthalmic Assistants Training series and the remaining three are in the Training in Eye Care support services series.

The launch function was held at the LAICO auditorium in the presence of foreign dignitaries, special invitees, Aravind leaders, staff and employees. Dr. G. Natchiar, Vice Chairman, AECS, while delivering her welcome address, explained in detail the genesis of the training manuals as visualised and aspired by Dr. V.

Dr. Willam F. Astle, President of the Joint commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) released the books. In his speech he dwelt on the association between JCAHPO and AECS and said that his organization has approved Aravinds MLOPs training programmes in the year 1995. He expressed his happiness over the content of the new books and presented mementos to Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman, Dr. G. Nachiar and Dr. Usha Kim.

Dr. Usha Kim, Head of the MLOPs education and training programme spoke on the manuals. Dr. William H. Ehlers, President-Elect, JCAHPO, Ms. Lynn, Dr. Anderson, Executive Director of JCAHPO, Dr. Suzanne S. Gilbert, Director, Centre for Innovation in Eye Care, Seva Foundation, Dr. Pararajasegaram, WHO, Ms. Kathryn Hecht, Seva Volunteer from USA offered felicitations. Ms. Pattammal proposed vote of thanks.
Inauguration of Aurolabs new facility

Aurolabs new facility was inaugurated at veerapanchan, in the beautiful Aurofarm complex, by Dr. Allen Foster, President, Christoffel Blinden Mission International, Germany on 30th September, 2007.

Dr. Foster said that the number of visually challenged people in the world has now come down to 37 million from the projected figure of 57 million thanks to the efforts of eye care systems such as Aravind. Such an effort was possible because of the vision, intelligence and passion with which AECS went about its job of preventing needless blindness. Providing good quality services at low cost for a high number of cases speak volumes about the efficiency and effectiveness of their eye care delivery system, he further said.

Offering felicitations, David Green, U.S. consultant, said Aurolab had a key role to play in catering to the medical needs of people belonging to the low income group by manufacturing and providing low-cost intraocular lens and other ophthalmic materials.

Collector S.S. Jawahar said AECS has become synonymous with quality, and the services rendered by them was remarkable.

Suzanne S. Gilbert, Director, Centre for Innovation in Eye Care, Seva Foundation, U.S., recalled how a survey in Nepal, which indicated more than half of the population were functionally blind when they shunned the use of thick spectacles after cataract surgery, propelled Dr. G. Venkataswamy, AECS founder, to start an exclusive production unit for manufacture of intraocular lenses at affordable cost.

Commending the services rendered to society by AECS, Karumuttu T. Kannan, managing director, Thiagarajar Mills, said Aravind Hospital had etched the name of the city in the world map. It had become a role model for other institutions.

Showering accolades on the founder of AECS, R. Pararajasekaran, consultant, World Health Organisation, said at a time when everyone exercised more caution than optimism while considering introduction of intraocular lens (IOL) in developing countries, it was Dr. Venkataswamys proactive approach which facilitated introduction of IOL in the country.

P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman, AECS, G. Srinivasan, president, Aurolab Trust, P. Balakrishnan, Managing Director, Aurolab, S. Rethinavelu, president, Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, took part.
Inauguration of Gandhigram Vision Centre
Gandhigram, September 17, 2007
Gandhigram Vision Centre was inaugurated on September 17 by the Freedom Fighter LKB Lagumaiah and Dr.Kousalya Devi, Managing Trustee, Gandhigram in the presence of Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman, AECS, Mr. G. Srinivasan, President, Govel Trust and Dr. G. Natchiyar, Vice Chairman, AECS, Mr.M.R.Rajagopal, Secretary, Gandhigram Trust, Mr.K.Shivakumar, Treasurer, Gandhigram Trust and many other dignitaries.

Gandhigram is located at 56 Km away from Madurai. The Vision Centre will provide Eye Care to the population of 1, 00,000. This is a first Vision Centre of Aravind in the Dindigul District.
Dr. P.N receives Antnio Champalimaud Vision Award
Lisbon, Portugal, September 7, 2007
The Antnio Champalimaud Vision Award was presented to the Aravind Eye Care System at a ceremony in Lisbon. Chairman Dr. P. Namperumalsamy received the award.

On September 7 the inaugural of Antnio Champalimaud Vision Award Ceremony was held at Lisbon, Portugal. The award carries with it 1 million Euros. The ceremony was taken place in the presence of the President of the Portuguese Republic, Anbal Cavaco Silva. Dr. G. Natchiar, Vice-Chairman, Mr. G. Srinivasan, Director-Finance, Mr. R.D. Thulasiraj, Executive Director, LAICO also participated in the Ceremony.
District Collector lauds Aravind and accepts the request of Dr. M. S
LAICO, September 6, 2007


The 22nd National Eye Donation Fortnight celebrations held at LAICO auditorium on the 6th September 2007 threw ample light on the gloomy situation of corneal blindness in India and also the imperative of taking measures to solve the problem.

Dr. M. Srinivasan, Director, A.E.C.S. in his special address revealed the stunning statistics of blindness caused by corneal damages and explained the services being rendered by Aravind Eye Bank. It is a good news for all those who are involved in promoting eye donations that two important requests made by him in this connection were responded on the spot by the District Collector Mr. S. S. Jawahar who delivered his presidential address in the function.

The Collector accepted one of the requests and announced that action will be taken in one week to issue free bus passes to the persons who bring donor eyes from outstations to the Eye Banks like Rotary Aravind International Eye Bank which are situated in cities. Dr. M. Srinivasan while drawing the attention of the Collector the difficulty in getting eyes from the bodies of dead persons had made a plea that the Human Organs Donation Act be amended to simplify the procedures pertaining to removal of eyes from the mortal remains. The Collector assured that he would talk to the concerned higher officials in this reagard.

As against the demand of 75,000 corneas per year for the purpose of restoring sight to the corneally blind, only 30,000 are available as at present. If the legal procedures are simplified, it will help to meet out the demand, Dr. M. S. had averred in his speech.

Emphasising the importance of eye donation, Dr. M. S. said that the Union Government has accorded utmost priority to controlling blindness under the National Programme for Control of Blindness. Of all the health related programmes, the blindness control programme is given much significance by celebrating the National Eye Donation Fortnight instead of celebrating it on a single day.

Whereas cataract affects mostly aged people, the majority of those suffering from corneal blindness are children and youngsters. For want of adequate number of donor corneas and for not having access to treatment facilities, many of these young people remain blind for most part of their life, Dr. M. S. said.

He informed that compared to other States, the performance of Tamilnadu in eye donation movement is much better. Last year it stood first in eye donations among all the states of India, the position previously held by Gujarat and Maharashtra. This achievement has been made possible by the members of Lions Clubs, Rotary Clubs and other Non-Governmental Service organisations who are working relentlessly for eye donations. Dr. M. S. thanked and congratulated the eye donation motivators.

Collector Mr. Jawahar honoured top performers in the collection of eye donations with mementos. He lauded the efforts of Aravind Eye Hospitals and various organisations and also the individuals who are engaged in eye donation movement. He said that school and college students as well as members of self-help groups should be involved in this effort.

Mr. Varaprasada Rao, Chief Divisional Retail Sales Manager of the Indian Oil Corporation said that awareness programme on eye donation would be conducted at all its 20,000 petrol pumps and gas stations.

Mr. Anabhayarajan, who has donated the eyes of his deceased sister 3 years ago and the eye of his expired child a few months back spoke on the need for eye donations.

Mr. Raghuraman, father of a small boy Bharat kalyan who has regained sight by donated eyes thanked Aravind and Eye Bank for their help. He pledged to donate his own eyes.

The function commenced with the invocation song by Mr. Sanil Joseph, Faculty. Dr. S. R. Krishna Das, C.M.O. welcomed the gathering. Mrs. Nirmala, Manager, Aravind Eye Bank proposed a vote of thanks.

Prior to the LAICO function, an Eye donation awareness rally was flagged off by Mr. K. Nandabalan, Police Commissioner at Goripalayam junction. School and college students, mostly ladies, participated in the rally that ended at the LAICO.
Book of Manohar Devadoss Released at Madurai
LAICO, August 25, 2007
Multiple Facets of My Madurai written by the great artist Mr. Manohar Devadoss was formally launched in Madurai on August 25, 2007.The function was held at LAICO auditorium with the participation of VIPs, officials and writers. Aravind Eye Hospitals, Madurai Corporation City Technical Advisory group and Madurai Readers club had organized the function.

Dr. P.Namperumalsamy, Chairman, Aravind Eye Care System welcomed the gathering. The audience had a dose of enchanting experiences of Manohar Devadoss, as he drew a leaf from his 'Multiple Facets of My Madurai,' a compendium of fine art coupled with realistic representations, to take them down memory lane.

Mr. Manohar explained how he, an artist, turned into a writer. With a fading vision, caused by retinitis pigmentosa (a degenerative eye condition for which there is no cure) and overwhelming urge to record childhood reminiscences, he has sketched his emotions in 'black and white,' literally though.

Given his penchant for intricate art work, it became increasingly difficult for him to depict what all he wished to achieve through painting and that led him to writing, which turned out to be quite complementing and refreshing.

J. Vasanthan, retired English professor of the American College, remembered how Mr. Manohar and his wife Mahema made an ideal and beautiful couple. He wondered whether anyone with tragedy pounding from all corners would ever be as cheerful and whole-hearted as this couple. "Either that person would turn a 'Bible thumper' (read religious) or become an atheist. But not Manohar," he said in appreciation of their resilience.

Paying glorious tributes, Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman, Aravind Eye Care System, said that the exponent had in possession the artistic vision to present pictures with details, which many would have missed. He said that Mr. Manohar could not benefit from the Aravind Eye Hospitals but the organisation had benefited from his benevolence. The author announced that the proceeds from the sale of a portion of his paintings would go to Aravind Eye Hospitals.

The Deputy Commissioner of Madurai Corporation, Mr. A. Ramachandran, released the first copy of the book which was received by Mr. Karumuttu T. Kannan, Chairman, Thiagarajar Mills. Mr. B.T. Bangera, President of Madurai Corporation Advising Group and Mr. R. Raja Govindasamy, Principal (in charge), Thiagarajar College, also paid tributes to the author.
Consultancy Visit : Kandze Peoples Hospital, (Kham Eye Centre), Dartsedo, Eastern Tibet, China
August 14-19, 2007
Tibet Seva Sight Programme has signed a MoU with Kandze Peoples Hospital in Oct 2006 to develop an exclusive eye hospital, Kham Eye Centre at Dartsedo, Eastern Tibet, China. In continuation to this, a team from LAICO comprising of Dr. R. D. Ravindran, Mr. Keerti Pradhan, Ms. Preethi Pradhan and Ms. Sasipriya KM made a visit to Kandze Peoples Hospital (Kham Eye Centre) from August 14 -19 to carry out Needs Assessment Visit and conduct a Strategic Planning workshop to guide the team in planning the growth of the Kham Eye Centre in phased manner from the existing eye department to new set up. As part of the Needs Assessment Visit, LAICO team made field visits to a County Hospital and Primary Health Centre (Township hospital) to develop better understanding about current practices, process, community set up etc. Mr. Kunga Tashi, Programme Manager and Ms. Dolma Chugi, Programme Assistant, Tibet Seva Sight Programme, in addition to the overall visit co-ordination, also played a major role as Interpreters.
Consultancy Visit : Kilimanjaro Center for Community Ophthalmology, Tanzania, and Al Noor Foundation, Egypt
August 1-13, 2007
Mr. D. Nagarajan - SEVA Board Member, Dr. Sandra Dratler - Volunteer, SEVA Foundation and Mr.Suresh kumar- Faculty from LAICO visited the Kilimanjaro Center for Community Ophthalmology (Moshi, Tanzania) and Al Noor Foundation (Cairo, Egypt) during the first two weeks of August 2007 as a part of visioning process to the concerned Centre of Community Ophthalmology (CCO). Their purpose was to lead a process with each organization to establish a vision for their CCO development focused on 2010. In each organization the process was undertaken with full support of leadership and active participation from key staff members. As an outcome of the visit a detailed action plans was prepared for each organization. The team enjoyed the weekend by exploring Tarengari and Ngorongoro National Parks and at Egypt admired the Citadel overlooking a hazy Cairo; the National Museum; observing the technological wonders that are the Giza pyramids.
Sun Foundations Donation to Aravind Eye Care System
August 18, 2007
As a mark of commemorating his father Mr. Murosoli Maran's 73rd birth anniversary, Mr. Kalanidhi Maran, founder of the Sun Foundation has donated Rs.15 lakhs to Aravind Eye Care System for performing 2000 cataract operations for the poor people in the community. To hand over personally the donation, Mr. Dayanidhi Maran, Mrs. Kaviri Kalanidhi Maran and Sun Foundation members visited Aravind.

A special function was held on 18th August 2007 in LAICO Auditorium for this purpose.
Mr. Sanil Joseph, Faculty, rendered invocation song.
Dr. M. Srinivasan, Director AECS, welcomed the guests.
Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman of AECS, in his special address explained the genesis of eye camp movement and the services being rendered by Aravind.
Mr. R. Meenakshi sundaram, Senior Manager - Outreach, gave a brief about AECS camp services.

Following this Mr. Dayanidhi Maran explained about Sun Foundations services to the poor people. He announced that the collaboration with Aravind will continue in the forthcoming years also with increased donation for restoring sight to poor people.

Mrs. Kaviri Kalanidhi Maran handed over the cheque to Dr. P. Namperumalsamy.

Mr. G. Srinivasan, President of Govel Trust, presented mementos to Mr. Dayanidhi Maran and Mrs. Kaviri Kalanidhi Maran.

The function ended with the vote of thanks by Dr. Krishna Das, Chief Medical Officer of Aravind, Madurai.
Periyanaickenpalayam Vision Centre Inauguration
August 15, 2007
The new vision centre was inaugurated at Periyanaickenpalayam on August 15 by Dr. Narendran, Chief Medical Officer, Aravind - Coimbatore. It is 27 Kms from Coimbatore.14 Outpatients were registered on inaugural day. Aravind has blended information technology innovatively into the center facilitating online (live) consultation for each patient with the Ophthalmologists at the Aravind - Coimbatore which is a low cost telemedicine approach. This approach is unique helps patients acquire right treatment advice directly from Ophthalmologists which saves lot of time and money to the patients.
Visitors from Google Foundation
August 10, 2007
A Team from Google foundation, Mr. Larry Brilliant Executive Director, Ms. Kirsten Olsen and Ms. Ki Mun, Project Managers at Google.org, Dr. Frank Rijsberman, Director at Google.org, Ms. Sonal Shah is also with Google.org and is an expert in global poverty and sustainable developments were at Aravind-Madurai on August 10, to learn about Aravind Eye Care system.
Visits Abroad
USA, July 15- August 5
Ms. Veni, Administrator, LAICO visited USA from July 15-August 5. The main purpose of this trip was to visit various universities and get exposure in administration with special focus to planning, marketing, organizing, and evaluating the regular executive training programmes and CME programmes offered at Aravind.

Strategic Perspectives in Non Profit Management
Harvard University, Boston, July 15-21
Ms. Veni attended a weeklong course on Strategic Perspectives in Non profit Management at Harvard Business School. A total of 140 candidates participated from various non profit sectors. 72% of the participants were from the United States and the rest were from other countries.

Ms. Veni visited Michigan University and Chelsea Hospital in USA from July 22-28. There she had discussions with Mr. Ron Bendersky, Executive Director of Executive Education Programme, and Dr. Van Harrison, Director, Department of Medical Education. She visited Chelsea Hospital and met Ms. Cindy Harrison and other department heads.

In California Ms. Veni visited Stanford University, Berkeley University and Seva office from July 29-August 5. At Berkeley, she visited the Optometry and Health Science Library, Hass Business School at University of Berkeley and the International Housing facilities. She also had the opportunity to visit the Programme office of AAO, Google Campus and Seva Office. At the end of her visit, she went to the Stanford University and met with the Programme team of Student Data Base, the Executive Education Programme team and the Public Management Programme team. Ms. Veni had a brief tour of all the Universities to observe the class room facilities, technology used and its administrative functions and had the opportunity to meet the concerned department seniors and discuss about their concerned activities and challenges related to the education and training activities.
Dr. Abdul Kalam is visiting professor of our Eye Research Institute

It is with great pleasure we announce that Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Professor of Technology and Technical Education, Anna University, Chennai, formerly the Honourable President of India has consented to be the Visiting Professor and Advisor of Dr. G. Venkataswamy Eye Research Institute from 30th July 2007.
Proliferation of Urban Amenities to Rural Areas (PURA) Consultants Meeting
Gandhigram University, July 27
Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman, Aravind Eye Hospital was invited to participate in the PURA Consultatives Meeting which was held at Gandhigram Rural University on 27th July 2007. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, formerly President of India, actively participated in this meeting. During the meeting, Chairman expressed his view that one vision center may be considered in Gandhigram as a part of PURA.
ATN Retreat 2007
LAICO, July 28
Aravind Tele-ophthalmology Network (ATN) Retreat was held at LAICO on July 28 to manage the present challenges and realize the newer opportunities.

Realizing the potential of providing quality tertiary eye care and contributing to continuous education irrespective of challenges like accessibility and availability, Aravind Eye Care System has extended the scope of utility of information technology by setting up Aravind Tele-ophthalmology Network (ATN) in June 2002. Now stepping in its fifth year this network has thus far taken different initiatives

- Benefiting patients be it at the level of primary or tertiary eye care
- Providing impetus to our training programmes
- Enabling to foster closer ties across Aravind Eye Care System

Aravind is also exploring various options to make this technology user-friendly. One of the major milestones will be the day we start our Virtual Academy.
CME on Current Practices in Glaucoma
Aravind-Tirunelveli, July 21-22
A two day CME on Current Practices in Glaucoma was held at Aravind-Tirunelveli from July 21-22 under the guidance of Dr.R.Ramakrishnan, CMO. The main purpose of this CME was to get familiarized with the changes and to get update. Ophthalmologists representing various States of our country, Postgraduates and Fellows, Trainees from Aravind Eye Hospital attended the CME. Experts who are richly experienced in practical management of Glaucoma were invited as Faculty members to discuss the recent advances and developments at a great length.

The inaugural function commenced with prayer song. Dr. G.R. Reddy lighted the kuthuvillaku. Dr.Vinay Nangia, Dr.Velayutham, and Dr.Devendra Sood participated in the function.
Inauguration of Third Managed Eye Hospital
Amreli, July 20, 2007
The Aravind Eye Care System has started the Third Managed Care Eye Hospital Sudarshan Netralaya in Association with Nagardas Dhanji Shanghvi Trust at Amreli, Gujarat. The eye hospital has 30 beds and will catering to the Eye Care needs of Amreli and the neighboring districts.

The Hospital was inaugurated on July 20, 2007 by Swami Shri Sachchidanandji, Shri Dilip Shantilal Shanghvi, Managing Director of Sun Pharmaceuticals Ltd, and Padmashree Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman of Aravind Eye Care System.
Intraocular Implant and Refractive Society of India 2007
Chennai, July 14, 2007
Dr. P.Namperumalsamy participated in the inauguration of Silver Jubilee of Indian Intraocular Implant and Refractive Surgery Convention" at Chennai. He was felicitated by the Society for the Award of Padmashree conferred on him by the President of India.

He chaired the session on Raising the bar in cataract and refractive surgery.
III Pacific Health Summit
National Bureau of Asia Research, Washington, USA, June 12 - 14
Dr. P. Namperumalsamy attended the 3rd Pacific Health Summit was invited by the National Bureau of Asia Research (NBR).

The main purpose of this meeting was to create a link between the health care providers and the service organizations and to provide a platform for brainstorming policies, medical practices, research and public health in the various developing countries. This is also aimed at finding realistic policy solutions that will impact on how diseases are detected and treated worldwide.

This meeting was attended by leading industrialists, technologists, heads of health departments in various countries, WHO, Senators, CEO of Universities like Duke University and Washington University, representatives from Global Health care, General Electrical health care, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation etc. The objective of the meeting was promoting health services in the developing world.

Dr. P. Namperumalsamy met Dr. Dunbar Hopkins, Executive Vice President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and discussed with him the possibilities of working together of American Academy and Aravind Virtual Academy by utilizing the teaching and training materials, digital library developed by AAO for the benefit of the residents and the faculty in India. He participated in the Seva Staff Meeting which was arranged to felicitate Dr. PN for his Padmashree Award.

He visited the University of Iowa on June 19, 20 for a meeting with Drs. Wallace Alward, John Fingert, Edwin Stone, Val Sheffield to discuss about the ongoing research projects with the research team in genetics of albinism and glaucoma and the forthcoming research projects in diabetic retinopathy and other developments.

Dr. P. Namperumalsamy also had interactions with the leaders of research and development at Alcon at its headquarters in Dallas, Texas on June 21.

He also met Dr. Lloyd Paul Aiello of Joslin Diabetic Center, Boston, Dr. Bradford Shingleton of Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston and Dr. Joan Miller, the Chairman of Mass Eye and Ear infirmary and discussed with them about future collaborations.
Inauguration of Vision Centre - Marakkanam
July 14, 2007
A New Vision Centre was inaugurated at Marakkanam on July 14. Dr. A. Dharamarajan, Joint Director of Health Services, Villupuram inaugurated the centre. Dr. R.D. Ravindran, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Venkatesh, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Thiruvenkatakrishnan, Senior Medical Officer, received the guests and showed them the facilities provided in the centre. Kuthuvilakku was lit by Sponsors, BSNL officials and paramedical staff. Cross section of people from BSNL, Bank, Police Department, Schools and Government Departments participated in the function. It is important to note that first Broad Band Connection to Marakkanam was extended by BSNL officials at our request, which helped us to inaugurate the centre. It is a record that on the first day itself the vision centres Out Patient Department registered 82 patients, out of whom 20 were prescribed glasses.
Inauguration of Vision Centre - Rameshwaram
July 11, 2007
Rameshwaram Vision Centre was inaugurated on July 11, 2007 by Haji. A. P. J. M. Maraickayer in the presence of Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman, AECS, Mr. G. Srinivasan, President, Govel Trust and Dr. Krishnadas, CMO, AEH-Madurai. Rameshwaram which is 180 Km away from Madurai and its surroundings do not have any eye care facility. The population of 1, 50,000 have to travel about 60km to Ramanathapuram for all their eye care needs. This is a first Vision Centre of Aravind in an Island. This Vision Centre project is supported by National Program for Control of Blindness, Govt of India.
The Chief's first Memorial Day

The first Memorial Day of Dr. V was observed on 07-07-07 in Aravind - Madurai and all other centres of Aravind.

A number of meetings were held in the evening to celebrate the memory of the father of Aravind Eye Care System in which the chairman Dr.P.N and other senior leaders and staff paid tributes to the greate soul. They reminisced their association with the Chief and pledged to carry forward his mission.
Consultancy Visit
Peking University Eye Center (PUEC) Eli Lilly Diabetic Eye Disease Center (ELDEDC), Beijing, China, June 20-26
Dr. K. Naresh Babu, Aravind-Madurai, Mr. V. Vijayakumar, Diabetic Retinopathy and Mr. S.P. Venkatesh, Faculty from LAICO visited International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) with generous support from the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, The Peking University Eli Lilly Diabetic Eye Disease Center was established on March 20, 2007 at PUEC, Beijing, China to decrease avoidable visual impairment and blindness due to diabetes. Recognizing the challenge of diabetic eye disease, multiyear consultation with Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO) was planned.

The purpose of the consultancy visit was to provide consultation to achieve the specific goals for which ELDEDC is being set up in order to promote Diabetic Retinopathy services in China.

Objectives of the visit:
  • Help in the development of a detailed strategic plan for setting up of effective diabetic retinopathy services
  • Assist in designing academic training for DR
  • Develop performance metrics and a system to facilitate easy monitoring of the program
  • Provide technical inputs on a continuous basis against requests from PUEC.
The team made a Needs Assessment Visit to PUEC-ELDEDC on June 20-21, to understand the working systems and procedures at ELDEDC both in clinical and management areas and to understand and analyze the existing resources available at ELDEDC.

Based on the observations during the needs assessment visit, the team made some recommendations to the PUEC-ELDEDC team.

After the initial assessment, the team organized the internal strategic planning meeting with the ELDEDC team (Retina specialists and paramedical staff) on June 25-26. The PUEC-ELDECD team prepared the strategies and action plan to achieve their project objectives.
Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award

In recognition of its contribution towards the alleviation of visual problems, Aravind Eye Care System has been awarded the Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award which carries a cash of 1 million Euros. It has been awarded for the first time this year, by the Champalimaud Foundation, a Portuguese organization.
About the Award:
The Champalimaud Foundation has instituted an annual award of 1 million Euros. This will be awarded for outstanding contributions by way of eye care services and research in vision and associated areas. The Vision Award will have a strong bias towards work that had a major impact in the delivery of eye care services or in the case of research that provided major breakthroughs in the understanding of vision resulting in the alleviation of visual impairment and blindness. The award has the support of Vision 2020 The Right to Sight, a global initiative for the prevention of blindness. The first award, to be given in 2007, is for contributions to the alleviation of visual problems, primarily in developing countries.
The award was formally announced on June 30th through a video broadcast on YouTube. The award will be presented at a ceremony on September 7th in Lisbon, Portugal.
Conferences Attended Elsewhere
Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad, June 26-27
Mr. R.D.Thulasiraj, and Dr. S. Aravind were at Indian Institute of Management to take a session on AECSs Management Consultation on Health Care in India on June 26-28.<
Needs Assessment Visit
Sadguru Netra Chikitsalaya, Chitirakoot, Madhya Pradesh, June 4-5
Dr Kalpana Narendran, Senior Medical Officer, Aravind-Coimbatore, Ms. Sasipriya KM, Faculty and Mr. Venkatesh SP, Faculty made a Needs Assessment visit to SNC, Chitrakoot as part of Aravind ORBIS POLTC Project II. The key objective of this visit was to assess the current set up, resources, facilities etc. That would enable SNC run quality training programmes developing Paediatric ophthalmology team (excluding long term fellowship for doctors) thus become a regional POLTC with the support of ORBIS International. Aravind along with ORBIS India would provide adequate support based on the recommendations given by the visiting team.
Inauguration of Thirukkanur Vision Centre
Aravind-Puducherry, June 18


Inauguration of new vision centre at Thirukkanur was took place on June 18. The function was facilitated by Mr. Marshal Antony, General Manager, BSNL and Mr. T.S.A. Kannan, Lions club President. The Programme started with welcome address by Mr. Palaniraj. The inaugural speech was given by Dr. R.D. Ravindran, Chief Medical Officer of Aravind-Puducherry. On the first day of vision centre 64 out patients were registered, 23 were advised for glasses, 19 were delivered spectacles and 10 were referred to the base hospital for speciality services. Aravind-Puducherry is planning for the second vision centre at Marakkanam to be inaugurated in the first week of July.
Ocular Prosthetic Eye Clinic delivers its 1000th Eye

June 4, 2007 will remain as a red letter day in the event-calendar of Aravinds Ocular Prosthetic Centre. It was on that day the centre delivered its 1000th prosthetic eye to a patient whose natural eye had to be substituted.

The Ocular Prosthetic Centre was started in September 2004. Since then it is fabricating customized synthetic eyes to suit the need of individual patients. These eyes more or less restore the original shape of a patients face whose eyes got damaged in accident or enucleated due to incurable eye disease, like retinoblastoma. On June 4, 2007 the clinic delivered its 1000th prosthetic eye.
Patients Enrollment for New Treatment Option:
Aravind Doctors contribution
Alimera Sciences, CTMS and Harrison Clinical Research are jointly sponsoring a trial of an innovative treatment option for patients with Diabetic Macular Edema. For this purpose they have decided to enroll a total number of 900 patients in various parts of the globe. 65% enrollment has been completed so far. The purpose of the study is to increase the quality of life for people with Diabetic Macular Edema.

A large number of ophthalmologists practicing at various places across the world have been enlisted for enrolling patients who give consent to subject themselves to the new treatment trial. It was targeted to enroll 200 patients in India by April, 2007. However 130 randomized patients have been enrolled during this period and the enrollment continues.

Alimera sciences Global Newsletter has mentioned the names of Dr. Narendran, Aravind-Coimbatore, Dr. Ravindran, Aravind-Puducherry and Dr. Ramakrishnan, Aravind-Tirunelveli in the enrollment performance column. Out of the 7 doctors who have enrolled the 130 patients for the study in India, the share of the Aravind doctors stands at 59. The break up Dr. Narendran-28, Dr. Ravindran- 27, Dr. Ramakrishnan-4.
congratulations to our doctors for their contribution to the enrollment drive
Formal Inauguration of Priyamvada Birla Aravind Eye Hospital
Kolkata
Compassionate world-class eye care at an affordable cost, has come to serve Kolkata and other areas in the eastern part of the country with the formal inauguration of Priyamvada Birla Aravind Eye Hospital in its own new 5 storeyed facility by Shri Somnath Chatterjee, Honble Speaker, Lok Sabha, in Kolkata. While opening the Hospital, the M P Birla Groups latest contribution to the citys healthcare facilities, Shri Chatterjee described it as a wonderful gift to the city of Kolkata and great acquisition for the city. Appreciating the commitment of the M P Birla Group towards serving society he said the inspirations and efforts behind setting up the Hospital were to be cherished.

Initially the hospital with the nomenclature of M.P. Birla Eye Hospital was started in December, 2001 with the clinical and administrative support of Aravind. In 2006, the hospital was moved to its own new 5 storeyed building with the name of Priyamvada Birla Aravind Eye Hospital.

Shri Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya, Mayor of Kolkata, said the hospital had come in keeping with Kolkatas pace of progress. Appreciating the philanthropic activities of the Group, he said its Chairman, Shri Rajendra S Lodha, had been working in realizing the dreams of Smt Priyamvada Birla. With the setting up of Priyamvada Birla Aravind Eye Hospital, it would no longer be necessary to go to the South for eye treatment.

Shri Rajendra S Lodha, Chairman, M P Birla Group, said the Hospital, established in collaboration with Aravind Eye Hospital and Post-Graduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Madurai, was a major step in realizing the dream of Smt Priyamvada Birla to have a world-class institution of ophthalmology in Kolkata. He emphasized that more than 60% of eye surgeries would be almost free of cost at the Hospital. Our aim is to eradicate needless blindness in this part of the country on the strength of well-trained and highly-motivated staff, doctors, optometrists, nurses and others. In this Hospital, we plan to treat 250,000 patients annually and perform 20,000 surgeries a year, including 100 corneal transplants, he added.

Dr P Namperumalsamy, Chairman, Aravind Eye Care System and President Aravind Medical Research Foundation, Dr. G. Natchiar, Director (HRD), Aravind Eye Care System and Dr. S.Aravind, Administrator, Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai and other eminent personalities were present during the function.

Dr P Namperumalsamy, Chairman, Aravind Eye Care System said Aravinds relationship with the M P Birla Group is just a beginning and together we will strive in eradicating needless blindness in this part of the country. He said that in association with ISRO we have V-Sat Tele-Medicine Connectivity with all our hospitals, which is also linked with universities like Wilmer Johns Hopkins. Through this facility, all the patients can receive the expertise of specialists. The Priyamvada Birla Aravind Eye Hospital will have all expertise, including well-qualified medical and paramedical staff, equipment and other facilities to address the sight-threatening eye diseases. This joint endeavor serves all the needy people. He announced that the Union Ministry of Human Resource has been approached for permission to set up Aravind University for Ophthalmic Sciences.

At a press meet, Dr P Namperumalsamy, Dr. G. Natchiar , Doctors and Senior Executives of Priyamvada Birla Aravind Eye Hospital told that this Hospital is equipped to perform the much talked about corneal surgeries like Limbal Stem Cell Transplant (Direct) and Deep Stromal Anterior Keratoplasty, where different components of a single cornea is used successfully in multiple patients. The Hospital has a functional Eye Donation Centre to spread awareness and will soon start the Hospital Corneal Retrieval Programme (HCRP).The 40,000-sq. ft Hospital, with modern infrastructure, will provide emergency services, supported by super-speciality eye clinics and seven state-of-the-art operation theatres. The services offered include comprehensive eye check-up, orbit oculoplasty, glaucoma, cataract and IOL, uvea, retina and vitreous, paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus and day-care facility.

Priyamvada Birla Aravind Eye Hospital will introduce outreach services, including free screening camps in schools and rural areas, as well as senior citizens awareness meetings and teachers training programmes. It has joined hands with the Vision 2020-The Right to Sight movement to eliminate blindness by 2020, launched by WHO and a task force of international NGOs.
Inauguration of Vision Centers

Kallidaikurichi Vision Center was inaugurated on May 16, 2007 by Dr. R. Ramakrishnan, Chief Medical Officer, Aravind-Tirunelveli. It is 30 Kms away from Tirunelveli. 73 patients were registered on the inaugural day at Out patients department, which was the highest ever among all the vision centers on the inaugural day.

Srivaikuntam Vision Centre was inaugurated on May 18, 2007 by Dr. R. Ramakrisnan, Chief Medical Officer, Aravind-Tirunelveli. It is 28 Kms from Tirunelveli. 50 Outpatients were registered on the first day.
Aravind has blended information technology innovatively into these two centers facilitating online (live) consultation for each patient with the ophthalmologists at the Aravind-Tirunelveli which is a low cost telemedicine approach. This approach which is unique helps patients acquire right treatment advice directly from ophthalmologists which saves lot of time and money to the patients. These centers charge a nominal charge of Rs.20 /- for outpatient visits. The services include Comprehensive Eye screening, refraction, first aid, active referral, school screening and creating awareness and eye health education and prescription and dispensing of spectacles for the refractive error patients at the centre on the same day. Other services like testing for diabetes, etc. are also provided. In addition to the above said services, irreversible blind persons are identified by the field workers and rehabilitated through appropriate training on life skills.
Visit to Essilor Optical Industry Convention
Bangkok, Thailand, May 13-17
From the Aravind optical shops at Madurai, Tirunelveli, Coimbatore and Puducherry five of our staff led by Er.G.Srinivasan, Dr.Kalpana from Aravind-Coimbatore, Mrs.R.Saradha Devi Aravind-Tirunelveli, Sr.Sivasankari, and Sr.Prema from Lakshmi opticals from Aravind-Madurai attended the convention on May 13-17 A total of 700 delegates from Asian Countries, 110 people from Australia Countries, and 66 from India participated in the Convention. It was a good experience for the staff of optical Section. Management Courses, Customer Satisfaction Course, New Developments in Ophthalmic Lens Field Course were held in the Convention. They learnt a lot about modern trend of optical business and also the new types of lens which are going to be introduce a in the market.
Highest No of outpatients in a single day

We are happy to inform you that free section of Aravind-Madurai received and treated a highest number of 759 outpatients on May 7, 2007. It included 504 new and 255 review patients. Inpatient number on that day was 241(cataract 233, others 18).
Inauguration of Vision Centers
Alanganallur, Tirupuvanam, April 26
Two new Vision Centers were inaugurated on April 26. The Vision Center at Alanganallur (23 Kms from Madurai) was inaugurated by Dr. M. Srinivasan, Director-Aravind Eye Hospital. And the other at Tirupuvanam (19 Kms from Madurai) was inaugurated by Mr. R.D. Thulasiraj, Executive Director-LAICO.

Aravind has blended information technology innovatively into these centers facilitating online (live) consultation for each patient with the ophthalmologists at the Aravind-Madurai which is a low cost telemedicine approach. This approach which is unique helps patients acquire right treatment advice directly from ophthalmologists which saves lot of time and money to the patients. These centers charge a nominal cost of Rs.10 /- for outpatient visits. The services include Comprehensive Eye screening, refraction, first aid, active referral, school screening and creating awareness and eye health education and promotion and dispensing of spectacles for the refractive error patients at the centre on the same day. Other services like testing for diabetes, etc. are also provided. This facilitates counselling these patients on the significance of diabetes and its direct implication to eyes in the form of blinding but preventable eye conditions like diabetic retinopathy. Outreach screening camps for specialty eye problems like diabetic retinopathy will be conducted twice a year at each vision centre. In addition to the above said services, irreversible blind persons are identified by the field workers and rehabilitated through appropriate training on life skills. Each centre is run by a well trained ophthalmic technician, a Counsellor / and 2 Eye Health workers.
Chickungunya affects Eyes: Aravind Doctors Articles accepted by Prestigious Journals

Three articles on ocular involvement in Chickungunya infection written by doctors of Aravind Eye Hospital have been accepted for publication by prestigious journals. Of the three articles, two are written by Tirunelveli doctors and one is by Madurai doctors.

The fact that Eye is affected by Chickungunya virus has been proved by Serological test through the Virology Institute at Pune.


The titles and authors of the articles from Tirunelveli are given below:
  1. Optic Neuritis related with Chikungunya Virus infection epidemic in South India by Apoorva Mittal, Saurabh Mittal, Jayahar Bharati, Rengappa Ramakrishnan,S. Saravanan, Padmakar S Sathe. This article has been accepted by the Ophthalmology (blue journal). article has been accepted by the Ophthalmology (blue journal).
  2. Uveitis associated with epidemic outbreak of Chikungunya virus fever by Apoorva Mittal, Saurabh Mittal, Jayahar Bharati, R. Ramakrishnan, Padmakar S Sathe. This article has been accepted by the Archives of Ophthalmology.
The title and authors of article from Madurai is given below:
  1. Ocular Involvement Associated with an Epidemic Outbreak of Chikungunya Infection by Prajna Lalitha, Sivakumar Rathinam, Krishnadas Banushree, Shanmugam Maheshkumar, Rajendran Vijayakumar, Padmakar Sathe. This article has been accepted by American Journal of Ophthalmology.
Modern Medicare Excellence Inaugural Award

Infomedia India, Modern Medicare and GE Healthcare in association with Association of Chambers of Commerce (ASSOCHAM) have recognized the contribution of Aravind to society by presenting their Modern Medicare Excellence inaugural award under the special Jury award category for Institutions.

Dr. S.R. Krishnadas, Chief Medical Officer, Aravind-Madurai received the award on behalf of the Chairman Dr. P. Namperumalsamy. The award was presented in a glittering ceremony in Bangalore and was attended by about 200 leaders of the Indian health industry, many of whom were also contenders for the several category of awards announced for the year 2006 by Info media and GE Healthcare. It is noteworthy that Modern Medicare, the No.1 magazine in the world of healthcare and technology acknowledges the phenomental work and contribution of the individuals/institutions involved in superior healthcare delivery services, through the MODERN MEDICARE EXCELLENCE AWARDS-2006. The Awards is an initiative by the publication to commemorate extraordinary work across the various quarters of the healthcare industry. While it celebrates superior healthcare, it also aims to reach out to the core of the healthcare delivery system and thereby, motivate the medical fraternity to continue to perform for excellence.

Many top institutions in the country were contenders for this recognition. It speaks highly of Aravinds contribution to the cause of combating needless blindness in the society which has undoubtedly brought this coveted recognition.
Padma Sri Award 2006
March 23, 2007
Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman, Aravind Eye Care System receives Padma Sri Award from President Dr. Abdul Kalam at a glittering function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 23rd March, 2007.
i-connect workshop on Resource Center Collaboration
LAICO, March 15 - 17, 2007
A total of 14 Participants from California, Canada, Tanzania, Nepal, USA, UK, and India participated in the workshop. The workshop was held in recognition of the vital role of knowledge-seeking and sharing in strengthening sustainable eye care services. Research literature, case studies, training curricula, and management tool were developed.
Outcome:
To disseminate the eye care information through open access source
To promote other eye care centers and eye care personnel
To frame common web based plat Form to access globally
To standardize the Resource center more user friendly coordinating with other RC
To promote Resource Centre services for the aim of eliminating needless blindness
Management Training for Eye Care Programme Managers
LAICO, February 19 - March 2
Management Training for Eye Care Programme Managers Course was conducted from February 19 - March 2. A total of 32 participants from 18 countries such as USA, UK, Cameroon, Uganda, Ethiopia, Swaziland, Ghana, Ireland, Bolivia, Tanzania, South Africa, Cambodia, China, Pakistan, Nepal, Mexico and Vietnam, participated in the course. This training was designed for professionals concerned with eye care Programme development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and funding. The main objectives of this training Programme was to enable the participants to acquire knowledge, skills and attitude to become effective in the eye care programme management.

The aim of the course was to help the candidates to :
  • Learn to assess the magnitude of the problem and its implications
  • Understand the gaps in service levels and issues relating to requirement and actual availability of resources
  • Understand factors and challenges specific to eye care in Programme development
  • Internalize the core concepts and strategies in the design and delivery of eye care services.
  • Gain knowledge and skills in planning and prioritizing the eye care programmes and services including evidence based decision making
  • Develop an understanding of various monitoring and evaluation methods/processes
  • Gain knowledge and skills in grant monitoring and financial management
  • Learn about managing change and solving problems
  • Appreciate the role of networking and alliances for a greater impact
Lifetime Achievement Award for Dr. P. Namperumalsamy
AIOS 2007, Hyderabad
Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman, Aravind Eye Care System has been conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award by All India Ophthalmological Society , in its 65 Conference held in Hyderabad this year. The Award will be presented at AIOS Conference to be held at Bangalore in 2008.
Padmashree for Dr. P. Namperumalsamy

Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman of Aravind Eye Care System has been conferred with Padmashree Award for the year 2006.

The news of the New Year was announced on the occasion of Indias 57th Republic Day. As a recognition of Dr. P.Ns illustrations contributions to the cause of illuminating the darkened lives of the millions suffering from visionlessness, he has been honored with this Award which will be presented by the President of India at a special function to be held later.
L-Ramp Award

Dr. G. Venkataswamy was conferred the (L-Ramp) Award for his Innovation, a joint initiative by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) and Rural Innovations Network (RIN, Chennai), commenced in August 2004 with financial support from the Lemelson Foundation, USA). Dr.R.D.Ravindran received the L-Ramp Award on behalf of the Chief.

The objectives of this Programme are to, identify and nurture grassroots innovators and innovations that would help people in fulfilling their basic needs in an effective manner and there by, enhance peoples capacity in improving and sustaining their living conditions. As a team, IITM and RIN, with their expertise in technical and business domains respectively, hope that this experimental project in Tamil Nadu will become a worthwhile model to emulate in other regions of India and South Asia. More specifically, L-RAMP for Innovations, together with its partners, aim to provide technical and business mentoring and financial support to potential innovator and entrepreneurs, through the following stages
  • Conceptualize ideas that address basic human needs and social development,
  • Translate such concepts into technical designs,
  • Develop and build prototypes,
  • Test such prototypes, and
  • Prepare business plans and establish viable enterprises producing such innovative products.
President of India lays foundation stone of Dr. G. Venkataswamy Eye Research Institute - Aravind Medical Research Foundation
Madurai, January 5, 2007
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam lays the foundation stone of Dr. G. Venkataswamy Eye Research Institute at Madurai. The function was held at the site of the planned new building of the Institute near the Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology, opposite to Aravind Eye Hospital.

Dr. T. Ramasami, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, Dr. Lloyd Paul Aiello, Director, Beetham Eye Institute, Joslin Diabetes Centre, Boston, USA, Mr. Dilip Sanghvi, Managing Director, Sun Pharmaceuticals Mumbai was the dignitaries participated and addressed the function. Dr. V. R. Muthukkaruppan, Director-Research, Aravind Medical Research Foundation delivered the welcome address. Mr. G. Srinivasan, Secretary, AMRF honored the President of India. Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, President AMRF, submitted the Project Report. Mr. R. D. Thulasiraj, Executive Director, LAICO proposed the vote of thanks.
Click here to view Dr. A.P.J. Abdul kalam's Speech
Inauguration of Lasik-Zyoptix Centre
Aravind-Pondicherry, December 15
Lasik-Zyoptix Centre for correction of refractive errors was inaugurated on December 15 by Dr. Subba Rao, Director JIPMER in the presence of Dr. Dilip Kumar Baliga, Director of Medical Services, Government of Pondicherry, Mr. G. Srinivasan, President, Govel Trust, Madurai and Dr. M. Srinivasan, Director, Aravind Eye Hospital.

Zyoptix, the state-of-the-art in LASIK technology is designed specifically to treat each individuals vision error in a customized manner. It has many advanced built-in safety features that help to optimize the success of the laser treatment. Zyoptix, like standard laser treatment, is fast and virtually painless.

In the inauguration ceremony Dr. Subba Roa cut the ribbon declaring the inauguration of the centre and also lit the Kuthu Vilaku. In the meeting after the inauguration Dr. R.D. Ravindran, Joint Director and Chief Medical Officer, Aravind-Pondicherry welcomed the gathering by explaining the functioning of Aravind-Pondicherry and the necessity for opening the Lasik Zyoptix Centre. Dr. M. Srinivasan, Director, Aravind-Madurai who has been performing Lasik procedures at Madurai Hospital for the last 8 years (performed more than 10,000 procedures) explained to the audience the genesis of refractive surgery through PowerPoint presentation and the importance and procedure of Lasik. Mr. G. Srinivasan, President, GOVEL Trust which runs the Aravind Eye Hospitals deliberated about the origin of Aravind Eye Hospital and how the Hospitals have grown up to the present level under the leadership of founder Dr. G. Venkataswamy and the services rendered by the hospital to the poor section of the society with the assistance of Lions, Rotary and other organizations. Dr. Dilip Kumar Baliga, Director of Medical Services, Government of Pondicherry, in his address highlighted how NGOs like Aravind Eye Hospital extend treatment to the people at an affordable cost. He also appreciated the services rendered by the Aravind Eye Hospital to the Pondicherry area.

Dr. Subba Rao, Director in his inaugural address dealt with in detail the various services rendered by Aravind Eye Hospitals and the Lasik Centre opened at Pondicherry will benefit the people in Pondy and surrounding areas as they need not travel a long distance to avail this facility. He also wished the Hospital for many more such achievements. The function ended by Vote of Thanks extended by Dr. R. Venkatesh, Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondicherry. The meeting was well attended by more than 250 people from Lions / Rotary, other Government functionaries, Indian medical association, Pondicherry Ophthalmic Association.
Inauguration of Aravind Eye Hospital- Tirupur
December 6
Aravind Eye Hospital inaugurated its new branch at Tirupur on December 6.This is Aravinds first Day Care Hospital. Dr. G. Natchiar Vice Chairman of Aravind Eye Care System inaugurated the New Hospital. Mr. G. Srinivasan, Director-finance, Dr. Aravind and well-wishers from in around Tirupur participated in the inauguration function. On the first day 49 patients visited the Hospital.
Inauguration of Aravinds Community Eye Clinic
Aravind, Tuticorin, November 27
Aravind Eye Hospital inaugurated its new community Eye clinic at Tuticorin on November 27. Collector of Tuticorin lighted Koothuvilakku and opened the centre. Dr. R. Ramakrishnan, Chief Medical Officer, Aravind-Tirunelveli welcomed the gatherings. Dr. G. Natchiar, Vice Chairman Spoke about Aravind Founder Dr. G. Venkataswamys long cherished wish of opening this new branch and his dreams have been fulfilled on this auspicious day. She informed than a Vision Centre will soon be opened at Srivaikuntam and Cheranmadevi. Dr.P.Namperumalsamy, Chairman of Aravind Eye Hospital, Dr.M.Srinivasan and G.Srinivasan from AECS, Prominent medical professionalists, VIPs, industrialists from Tuticorin also participated in the function. Mr.S.T.Jayabalan, Manager Administration proposed vote of thanks.
Sixth All India Uveitis Conference 2006
December 2 - 3, 2006
A two day Symposium on Uvea was held at LAICO auditorium on 2nd and 3rd December, 2006.The Uvea specialists and Fellows, ophthalmic general practitioners, ophthalmic residents were participated in the programme.
World Diabetes Day Celebration
Aravind-Coimbatore, November 14
The World Diabetes Day was celebrated at the Aravind Eye Hospital-CBE under the aegis of WDF Aravind Diabetic Retinopathy Project and Lions Club of Pollachi. The following Programmes were conducted in connection with Day.

Diabetes Exhibition was arranged to create awareness on Diabetics. Diabetic Retinopathy Programme was conducted at Aravind Coimbatore from 13-18 November. 868 people visited the exhibition, free blood sugar checkup was done for every one above the age of 40 years. Diabetes was detected in 186 people. Ophthalmoscopic examination revealed diabetic retinopathy in 50 patients. Counselling on diabetic diet was done by a dietician who had good spread of the different varieties of food that were classified by its nutritive and caloric values. The necessity for regular ophthalmic evaluation for diabetic patients was stressed and free retinopathy screening was also done.

Mega Diabetes Detection Camp was conducted at Pollachi, free diabetes detection was done for 4640 people, and 10 blood sugar check up counters were arranged for a radius of 10kms. 1790 were detected with diabetes.

Human Chain Formation was arranged to create awareness on diabetes and diabetic retinopathy. The human chain formed for a distance of 10kms. 10,000 students from 12 schools, colleges and members of voluntary organizations like Lions Club, Rotary Club, Nehru yuva Kendra, LIC employees, art of living followers participated in the human chain. The Chief Guest for the Programme was Dr. Vijay Pingle, Sub Collector of Pollachi who inspected the 10kms of human chain formation from an open jeep. He was accompanied on the jeep by the Lions District Vice Governor, WDF Aravind Diabetic Retinopathy Project Medical officer and the Lions Club office bearers.

Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Camp was arranged, at Pollachi in the Natchimuthu Gounder Polytechnic College Auditorium. At the screening camp 220 persons were examined including 180 diabetic patients. Ophthalmoscopic examination revealed 21 patients to have Diabetic Retinopathy.
Needs Assessment Visit
Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Trivandrum, Kerala, November 4
The Aravind team consisting of three members Dr. S.R. Krishnadas, CMO, AEH-Madurai, Mr. Sanil Joseph, Faculty-LAICO and Mr. Prasanth M., Assistant Administrator, AEH-Tirunelveli visited Kerala Institute of Medical Science to the Eye department. The purpose of the consultancy visit is to enhance the performance of the eye department in the line of Aravind and to separate it physically under the KIMS Charitable Trust. As the next step, key staff members from the institution will be participating in the one week Vision Building Workshop that is proposed to be held from 4th to 9th December, 2006 at LAICO.
Air Jaldi 2006- Wireless Network Summit and Workshop at Dharamsala
Dharamsala, October19-November 2
Mr. Rajan - EDP Department and Mr. Pranesh Telemedicine Visited Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh) to attend the summit on Wireless Network Workshop and Training.

This was the first time World Wide Wireless Network Summit. They reached Dharamsala on 22nd October. More than 125 delegates participated in the workshop. The first day Programme was Field Trip. They started their track from TCV (Tibetiens Children School). They reached the hill with in an hour. They traveled to different place and they looked different wireless antenna in the hill area. Finally they went to his holiness Dalailama place and they saw the temple.

Second day Programme was the summit on Wireless Network. The Summit organized at Tibetian Children schools Auditorium. The presentations and the panel discussions were conducted in the summit. Dr. Eric Brewer of Berkeley University presented Aravind Eye Hospital Vision Centre- Theni in the name of wireless network at Aravind Eye Hospital vision centre.

After the completion of the summit, the workshop started. Workshop focused on theory and practical. They took different network classes i.e., point to point, point to Multipoint and Multipoint to Multipoint. The four day workshop ended with mesh network practical lab, they reached Madurai on 2nd November.
Achievement Award

Dr. P. Namperumalsamy has been conferred the Achievement Award by the Board of Trustees of American Academy of Ophthalmology for many years of distinguished service in the programs of this society 2006.
Cornea CME 2006
14th - 15th October 2006
A two day Symposium on Cornea and Refractory Surgery and Ocular Surface Disorders was held at LAICO auditorium on 14th and 15th October, 2006. Dr. V. Sangwan of LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, Dr. Rajesh Fogla of Apollo Hospital, Hyderabad participated as Guest Faculty in the CME programme. Dr. M. Srinivasan, Director, Aravind Eye Hospital took part as Host Faculty in the programme. Diabetic Lectures, Video assisted Teaching and Panel Discussions formed part of the CME Programme.
The Cornea specialists and Fellows, ophthalmic general practitioners, ophthalmic residents were participated in the programme.
Corneal Blindness affects approximately 1.3 million people in India. The tragedy of the situation is that it affects mainly children and young adults who have their lifetime ahead of them. Blindness due to infectious Keratitis and Vitamin A deficiency is avoidable. Cornel blindness is one of the agenda in VISION 2020 programme. World Health organization has also given priority to preventable Blindness. There was a comprehensive yet concise curriculum emphasizing standard teaching and concepts as well as a focus on recent advances in the field of Cornea, Refractive Surgery and Ocular Surface Disorders.
Consultancy Visit to SEVA Tibet and Kham Eye Centre in Dartsedo
China, 4th - 12th October 2006
As part of Capacity Building support to SEVA-Tibet and Kham Eye Centre in Dartsedo, Eastern Tibet, China. Mr. Keerti Bhusan Pradhan, Senior Faculty LAICO visited Dartsedo prefecture Hospital and the regional health centers in Eastern part of Kham from 4 - 12 of October to advice on the Eye care plan to both SEVA Foundation and Government of Tibet. He traveled 1400 Kilometers from Kham Region to the local health centers, communities, and people to get an overview. He also participated in the formulation of plan for the development of Kham Eye Centre and also in the MoU signing ceremony between the Government officials and SEVA.
Aravind - Alcon, Centre of Excellence for Cataract Services
October 9-10, 2006
In partnership with the worlds leading Eye Care Company Alcon Inc., Aravind has established the Aravind Alcon Centre of Excellence for Cataract Services at Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai. Mr. Bill Barton, Vice Chairman of Alcon Laboratories inaugurated the Centre of Excellence for Cataract Services and he described about the partnership as an opportunity to work in the area of eye care in India. Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman of Aravind Eye Care system, told about the objective of creating a centre of excellence was to train ophthalmologists and have the best research facilities in comprehensive eye care. The hospital was already using state-of-the-art technology for cataract removal by deploying the equipment manufactured by Alcon that had presence across the globe. The leading global manufacturer of ophthalmic products was also supplying the newer variety of intra-ocular lenses to the Aravind Eye Hospital.
According to Dr. Haripriya Aravind, Chief of Cataract Services at the Aravind Eye Hospital, the Aravind-Alcon Centre will be involved in various research activities relating to cataract and Alcon would provide the latest equipment in clinical care. And specialized training will be provided to all of their eye care personnel. The Aravind Alcon partnership will also work on various research activities to cataract and IOLs.
President of India Visits Aravind family
23rd september 2006
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India, paid a visit to the residence of chairman Dr. P. Namperumalsamy and Vice chairman Dr. G. Natchiar on 23rd September 2006 to personally condole the demise of Aravind Founder Dr. G. Venkataswamy.

He spent some time with the members of Aravind family and shared with them his memories of Dr. V.


Honour for Dr. P. Namperumalsamy

Dr. P. Namperumalsamy has been honoured as Teacher par Excellence by the Retina Institute of Karnataka during its 10th anniversary celebrations on 11th August. As a part of saluting the great teacher Dr. George Hilton the Institute Honoured Dr.P.Namperumalsamy as a Senior Teacher in the field of Ophthalmology at the Guruvananda Program.


Project Management Training for Eye Care
Sep 4th 30th 2006
Project management Training for Eye Care is a new course which was added to the management courses stream and ORBIS India is supporting their partner hospitals to attend this management training course. The main objective of organising this course is to enable the participants to acquire knowledge, skills and develop attitude to manage eye care projects effectively. This Training programme is a 4 weeks course scheduled between 4th 30th September 2006.

Sixteen participants have joined this programme among them one is from Bhutan, 10 is from different parts of India and five of them are from Aravind Eye Care Systems
The aim of the course is to help the candidates:
  • Learn the basics of eye care
  • Understand the core concepts in the design and delivery of eye care services
  • Various managerial skills needed for them to manage the project
  • Understanding the importance of project
  • Knowing the framework of project proposal
  • Internalizing, communicating the project to key stake holders
  • Planning the activities for the project to implement
  • Resource (man, material and money) planning / preparation
  • Project Documentation and Report preparation
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Project Closure
VISION 2020 Team meets Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia
September 2
Dr GN Rao, Mr.R.D.Thulasiraj, Dr.GV Rao and Mr. PKM.Swamy met Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission, Govt. of India, New Delhi today in New Delhi, to share our work under Public Private Partnership in VISION 2020: The Right to Sight movement with him and his team. A presentation of the next XI plan (2007-2012) was received commendably, and the team was assured of being facilitated by NPCB of MOHFW and the Governments continued support through implementing the ensuing five year plan.
CME on Ocular Microbiology
Aravind-Madurai, August 5
CME on Ocular Microbiology
Aravind-Madurai, August 5
Continuing Medical Education (CME) on Ocular Microbiology was held at the Auditorium of Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO) on the 5th August, 2006. This CME was jointly organized by the Institute of Microbiology, Madurai Medical College and Department of Microbiology, Aravind Eye Hospital.

The aim of this programme was to create awareness among microbiologist and ophthalmologist about the common organisms causing eye infections, source of these organisms and latest diagnostic and identification methods for various infections of the eye. All these would help the patients immensely in receiving early and correct treatment.

Eminent microbiologists and ophthalmologists from all leading eye institutes in the country addressed the audience comprising of microbiologists and ophthalmologists.

Dr. H.N. Madhavan, Director of research, Sankara Nethralaya, Dr. Savitri Sharma from Bhubaneswar Eye Institute, Bhubaneswar, Dr. Philip Thomas from Joseph Eye Hospital, Trichy and Dr. M. Srinivasan, Dr. Rathinam Sivakumar and Dr. Lalitha Prajna from Aravind Eye Hospital were the faculty members for the CME programme.

Infections of the eye are among the leading causes of blindness especially in developing countries like India. Infections like corneal ulcers cause prolonged morbidity, loss of vision and many a times loss of eye. It has tremendous socio economic implication as sufferers are the bread winners of the family.

Eye can be infected by various pathogenic organisms such as bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses leading to such infections of the eye like keratitis, endophthalmitis, retinitis etc. The various organisms responsible for these infections have to be correctly diagnosed by the microbiologist in order for the ophthalmologist to start appropriate and timely treatment.
President Abdul Kalam joins Citizens in paying homage to Dr. V

The first citizen of India Dr. Abdul Kalam joined the citizens of Madurai to honour and pay homage to the late Dr. G. Venkataswamy, Founder Chairman of Aravind Eye Care System. In his address given from Rashtrapathi Bhavan and telecasted in the public prayer meeting held at Madurai on the 23rd of July 2006, the President said that Dr. V has fulfilled Gods mission for a man.

It was a solemn commemoration function held at the auditorium of Raja Muthiah Mandram which was full with people belonging to various sections of the city. Luminaries of different spheres of social activities who had come to address the meeting were seated on the front rows.
The subdued strains of instrumental music added to the sublimity of the occasion.
At the background of the lofty dais, the portrait of a smiling Dr. V was placed at the centre with two tall Kuthuvilakkus in front. The scene kindled a feeling that the spiritual flame of the great illuminator had permeated all over the auditorium. The meeting commenced with a prayer song by Mr. Sanil Joseph and his troupe. Mr. Ramesh Raja of All India Radio compered the programme.

The President in his speech that came from the depth of his heart said, Whenever I visited Madurai, for me, it was a pilgrimage to visit the Aravind Eye Hospital and meet the great soul, Dr. G. Venkataswamy, who gave light for more than 100,000 patients. But today Dr. Venkataswamy is not with us. But his vision and how he has transformed many hospitals, many ophthalmologists and many managers is visible to all of us. He has left an imprint in the minds of all members of eye care community who came in contact with him.

The president referred to a remark made by a friend who had undergone eye surgery at Aravind. When I got the sight the first person I saw was Dr. Venkataswamy. I am grateful to God that not only I got the sight but he gave me an opportunity to meet a great soul.- the friend had told Dr. Abdul Kalam.

Towards the end of his address the President said Dr.Venkataswamy will be a beacon light for the entire ophthalmologists and eye care centres across the nation. His services.. will definitely ensure that the Right to Sight programme will succeed positively.
Dr. Abdul Kalam said, whenever he thought of a great soul like Dr. Venkataswamy, he would remember an ancient belief about what God had spoken to the first man he had created. We have made thee (you) neither of heaven or earth, neither mortal nor immortal, so that with freedom of choice and with honour, as though the maker and molder of thyself (yourself), thou mayest (you may) fashion thyself in whatever shape thou shalt prefer these were the words uttered by God to the first man.

The President continued and said that when he see the divine services of Dr. G. Venkataswamy, he could see that he has succeeded in fulfilling Gods mission for a man. With freedom of choice and honour he has molded himself into what he wanted to become.

Dr. Abdul Kalam who began his address in Tamil and later switched over to English recited the following verses in English:

Lead Kindly Light
Oh Almighty, you gave us light,
Light and remove the utter darkness,
His was the enlightened soul
The soul touched everyone,
Oh Almighty, lead kindly light.

While inviting the President who appeared on the large screen of the auditorium to share his experiences of his association with Dr. V, Aravinds Chairman Dr. P. Namperumalsamy said that the inevitable has happened. The light has vanished, but the mission for which the light lived will be continued. He pledged on behalf of the Aravind Family including the staff and employees of Aravind Eye Care System that they will go on working towards realising Dr. Vs vision of a world, free from needless blindness.

The prayer meeting was addressed by Dr. Vs contemporaries and associates who shed light on his multifarious activities and wonderful qualities of simplicity, humanitarianism, nationalism, spiritualism and professionalism.

Dr. Sam C. Bose reminisced the days when Dr. V worked as a Government doctor in the Rajaji Government Hospital, Madurai to highlight his characteristics of punctuality and hard work. Dr. R. Kausalya Devi, Managing Trustee, Gandhigram Trust said that Dr. V was a true Gandhian who always maintained his association with Gandhigram institutions. Shri Paulraj of Gandhi Niketan Ashram, Kallupatti, remarked that as Mahatma Gandhi had led a national movement for the liberation of India, Dr. V started a movement to liberate the visually handicapped from the darkness of sightlessness.

Shri. Vijay Poddar of Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry spoke on how Dr. V lived a spiritual life as enunciated by Shri. Aurobindo and the Mother. Shri. Lalji Vohra, a city business man lauded the services of Dr. V to the community through the Eye Bank.

Dr. G.N. Rao, President of the International Association for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and belonging to L.V. Prasad Eye Institute of Hyderabad commended the lasting services of Dr. V to international ophthalmology. Mr. D. Nagarajan, Consultant, LAICO, dwelt in detail the services rendered by Dr. V in collaboration with SEVA and Sight Savers International. Shri Dhinakaran of Aruppukottai Jayavilas group, Shri. N.A.K Gopalakrishna Raja, Grant Administrator of LAICO, Dr. S.R. Krishnadas, CMO, Aravind-Madurai, Shri. Rathinavelu, President, Tamilnadu Chamber of Industries and Commerce and Dr. Sethuraman, Chairman of Meenakshi Mission Hospital, Madurai spoke eulogizing the services of Dr. V.

Shri G. Srinivasan, Director-Finance, Aravind Eye Care System proposed a vote of thanks. When the prayer meeting came to an end, a still picture of Dr. V was projected on the screen with the title The spiritual Light will last for ever. And the gathering dispersed with a heavy heart. Many of the eyes had become wet.

Honouring the Light programme was also held in all the satellite hospitals of Aravind. The news regarding the programme will be published in the next issue.
National Workshop on IT applications in Eye Care
Aravind-Madurai, August 3-5
In the field of eye care, Information Technology has transitioned from being merely automating routine administrative tasks to becoming an important tool for management and an integral part of patient care. This workshop on IT applications in eye care was designed to gain knowledge about current trends and status of Information Technology and share experiences of various IT applications in eye care settings.

Two eye care majors in the State Sankara Nethralaya and Aravind Eye Care System jointly organized the workshop under the auspices of Vision 2020-The Right to Sight India, a national organisation.

According to Dr. S.S. Badrinath, Chairman, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, IT gains relevance in all aspects of ophthalmology from management to diagnosis and it is very important in the scenario of swelling cases of diabetic retinopathy across the country. Deployment and extensive use of Information Technology alone can bridge the gap between urban and rural eye care availabilities and one of the effective tools could be tele-ophthalmology.

Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman of Aravind Eye Care System, said five Village Vision Centres have been established in Theni district. Twenty more centres will be opened in the State and Pondicherry. Para-medical personnel would man the centres and quality treatment would be provided from the main hospital.

The National Executive Director of VISION 2020-India, Mr. P.K.M. Swamy, and its President, Mr. R. D. Thulasiraj, also spoke. The founder of Sify.com, R. Ramraj, was among those who took part in the inaugural function.

Besides the participation of a few IT companies, more than 70 delegates from India, Bangladesh and Nepal attended the workshop
Jose Rizal Medal

Dr. G. Venkataswamy was confered the Jose Rizal Medal for excellence in Ophthalmology in Asia and Pacific countries by the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. N.V. Prajna receives the award on his behalf in the presentation ceremony held in Singapore.
Inauguration of Aravinds Fifth Vision Centre at Periyakulam
May 24
The fifth Vision Centre was inaugurated at Periyakulam, a rural town in Theni District. The centre was inaugurated by Mr. P.A.A. Mohammad Iliyas, Chairman and Mr. K. Ganesan, Commissioner of Periyakulam Municipality in the presence of Aravind Senior Leadership team. It will serve the local people and villagers of the surrounding areas.
Consultancy visit to China
HE Eye Hospital, Shenyang, China, April 3-16
As part of the capacity building programme, Mr. Keerti Bhusan Pradhan, Mr. R. Meenakshi Sundaram, and Mr. B. Ganesh Babu visited He Eye Hospital, Shenyang, China. HE Eye hospital founded by Dr Wei He, an young visionary who has set up this Not for Profit Eye Hospital with a mission to serve people of Northern China and also become a model hospital in the region. In order to realise his vision he invited consultants from Aravind Eye Care System-LAICO to help the organization and staff with capacity enhancement.


The history of partnership of Aravind Eye Care System with HE Eye Hospital, Shenyang started likewise:

1) Dr Wei He visits Indian Eye Hospital in 2001. (As part of ORBIS sponsored visitors)
2) Selects Aravind Eye Care System as role model in 2001 after visiting all models in India.
3) Dr S Aravind of AECS visits He Eye Hospital, Shenyang in 2001.
4) One staff-Zhao Ming from He Eye Hospital undergoes hospital management course at LAICO in 2005.
5) Core staff team from He Eye Hospital visits Aravind Eye Care System in February 1, 2006.
6) Consultants from AECS visits He Eye Hospital for consultancy in April 13, 2006.

The three consultants during the stay helped in three areas: Strategic growth and development, Community Outreach and MIS. HE Eye Hospital looks forward to a greater partnership with AECS in the days to come. HE has already in mind a Aurolab and LAICO model besides growing the services in the hospital.
GLAUCOMA RETREAT 2006
From 8th to 9th April, 2006
The first Glaucoma Retreat of Aravind Eye Care System was conducted on 8th and 9th of April, 2006 at Courtallam. The venue was Krish Gardens a vacation resort situated in the midst of a farm in the pleasant atmosphere of Courtallam. The retreat was attended by a total of 26 participants including Glaucoma Specialist-9, Glaucoma Fellows-2, MLOPs (OPD Nurses and Consellors)-7, Glaucoma Co-ordinator-1, Research Co-ordinator-1, Aurolab Representatives-2, LAICO Representative-1 and Management Fellows-3.

The objectives of the retreat were:

1) To evolve the Preferred Practice Pattern (PPP) in various areas of patient care and to standardize quality of eye care across all Aravind centres
2) To Standardize the various training programmes including long and short term Fellowships in Glaucoma and training for PG residents and other speciality Fellows
The retreat was started with prayer and Dr. Venkatesh welcomed the participants. It was followed by an introductory presentation by Dr. Ramakrishnan about the evolution of Glaucoma speciality in Aravind and the purpose of the retreat. Dr. Krishnadas did a presentation on Glaucoma in the next five years.

The topics were grouped into 3 major categories such as Training, Clinical Care and Developmental/Academic activities. The presentations were followed by discussions that led to consensus. The MLOPs had separate group discussion in each topic facilitated by one Management Fellow and glaucoma clinic co-ordinator and the representatives presented the summaries of the each discussion by the end. The decisions made were translated into action plans with a person responsible and specific time frame. The time frame varies from one week to two months. Therefore, it was suggested to have a review session by the end of 3 months to assess the progress.

The documentation of all the proceedings was done by the LAICO team.
Staff from the catering and house keeping departments of the AEH Tirunelveli provided delicious food and made the stay comfortable. The sessions came to an end by 1.00pm on the second day. Dr. Venkatesh proposed the vote of thanks and the retreat was dispersed with Aravind Anthem.

Cornea Retreat

The cornea retreat was conducted on March 11th-12th, 2006 at LAICO, Madurai.
This retreat brought together the entire key people concerned with Cornea and Allied services of the four hospitals of AECS excluding Theni. This retreat was coordinated by the cornea department of Coimbatore, Madurai and co-facilitated by the HRD. It was attended by medical and paramedical personnel of cornea and supportive services like microbiology, Eye bank, Refractive surgery services and by Aurolab personnel.

The main objective of this retreat was concentrate on specialty department development.

1) To improve patient care and volume in the cornea clinic.
2) To standardize clinical protocols and come up with innovations in terms of newer and improved services.
3) To focus on quality research activities and also standardize fellowship programme.

The first part of the two half day retreat was inaugurated by Dr.M.Srinivasan, Director, Aravind Eye Care System, and Chief, Cornea services, Madurai. He provided an overview of the purpose of the retreat along with welcome address. Subsequently the statistics of the services from each cornea and related department were presented. This was followed by a brief session. Dr.Revathy (HOD, Cornea services, AEH, CBE) was the chair person. She envisioned the growth of the cornea service by increasing referral patients and quality of services provided at the hospital as a team approach, thereby increasing the volume of patients. It was noted that patient referrals are source of increased cornea patient volume.

Dr.M.Srinivasan, conducted the next session which focused on the standardization of clinical protocols for some common corneal eye diseases with active discussion and inputs from all key participants. The first day concluded with a focus on Newer and Improved services proposed by Dr.Anitha Ragavan, AEH, CBE, with a stress on LASIK patients and appointment system for better time management.

The second day was presided over by Dr.N.Venkatesh Prajna on strengthening research in cornea services and emphasized on quality research. Aurolab key personnel (Mr.Balakrishnan, Managing Director, Mr.Sriram, Director -Operations, and Mr.Kannan, Pharmaceutical Manager) were present and gave some suggestions on active collaboration to help AEH with newer drugs and surgical innovations.

Subsequently there was some clinical protocol standardizing session presented by cornea fellows from AEH, Madurai on Post PKP and pteryguim management. This was followed by a detailed presentation by Mrs.Nirmala Eye Bank Coordinator, AEH, Madurai on Eye Bank services and its future plans to increase awareness and eye donations. An interactive discussion on how to improve eye donations and the importance of hospital cornea retrieval programme( HCRP)followed. The need to create awareness amongst public by the individual cornea services of AECS , more active collaboration between the cornea services with monthly grand rounds and journal club among all centers was proposed.

The final session was on standardizing fellowship programme collectively by all key personnel. And a session on highly informative about Injury Management protocols by Dr.M.Srinivasan taking into consideration the medico legal aspects and practical tips to handle these patients.

The plans prepared during the cornea retreat, the cornea services of AECS enthusiastically plan to take forward all the decisions to strengthen and improve the existing services and thereby increase patient satisfaction

Paul Harris Fellow Recognition

On the death of Rotary founder Paul Harris in 1947, Rotarians contributed $1.3 million to The Rotary Foundation in his honor. With these donations the Foundation created the Scholarship program, its first significant international service program. Rotarians continue this tradition of honoring Rotarys founder by making contributions to The Rotary Foundation. Each individual who contributes or in whose name $1,000 is contributed - upon request is designated a Paul Harris Fellow.
A number of Rotary clubs also use this recognition as a way of honoring local, national or world leaders who have demonstrated commitment to the goals and purposes of the Foundation. Thus Mr. R. D. Thulasiraj was recommended by Rtn. Gabriel Minder from Switzerland and awarded the honorary Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary club of Trichirapalli Rock City, in appreciation of his tangible and significant assistance for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world. He received a commemorative certificate, a Paul Harris Fellow pin, and a medallion.
WDF - Diabetes Summit 2006
Hanoi, Vietnam, February 21 23
This meeting was organized by World Diabetes Foundation, Denmark with all its partners throughout the world. Meeting was attended by delegates from 70 countries, WHO representatives and Board of Directors of WDF. On invitation Dr. P. Namperumalsamy attended the conference and spoke on - Aravind-WDF Diabetic Retinopathy Project Management. Poster was also displayed on the same.
Agreement on Establishment of Friendly Relations between Wenzhou Medical College and AECS This twin sister agreement has been agreed upon by Eye Hospital, Wenzhou Medical College and Aravind Eye Care System
December 27, 2005 January 4, 2006
Dr. M. Srinivasan, Mr. R. D. Thulasiraj, Dr. P. Balakrishnan and Ms. Preethi Pradhan visited China in response to an invitation for training at Peking University Eye Centre and for an exploratory visit to Wenzhou Medical College for signing of the MOU for collaboration between Aravind Eye Care System and the Wenzhou Medical College-Eye Centre.
MOU was signed on January 5, 2006 by Dr. Qu Jia, Director, Eye Hospital, Wenzhou Medical College, China and Dr. M. Srinivasan, Director, Aravind Eye Care System, India. A Letter from Amethi
Respected Madam,

WISHING YOU A VERY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR 2006

It has been a wonderful experience for the whole team since we have arrived in Amethi. On our arrival we frankly got a bit concerned by the slow pace of construction going on at the hospital. To tackle that initial problem of the delay in construction head on, we started functioning at the old Sanjay Gandhi Hospital (SGH) Eye Department on Dr. Aravind Sirs idea and advice. This singularly got everyone working and busy thinking about their respective departments and helped immensely to get our system in place at the earliest.

After shifting into our new premises also, we had some infrastructural problems initially and we had to take the help of the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital facilities but the team persevered well and we could manage to get things done, although the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital employees were a bit resistant and skeptical about us. Our sisters were even discouraged I have been here for 30 years. I know and I am telling you people that this new hospital will not be able to run after the initial limelight is over, said one senior employee of SGH. But as our Chief had told us in one of our meetings with him Sincere and good work is always appreciated and Wins friends was exactly what ultimately happened. Slowly our work began to be appreciated and today that same person and many other SGH employees turn up at our OPD even getting their relatives andamp; family. It is certainly very satisfying to win them over.

The Life Line Express was the best thing that could have happened to us. Even though our set up at the Base hospital was not fully functional at the time, we were able to do 550 surgeries at the Life line. Of course, surgically, Dr. Dipanjans help was crucial in the whole effort but also in terms of organization and management the Life line camp was our mettle test and it is a matter of pride that the whole team performed very efficiently.

We have definitely had problems, but as our Chief says Problems will always be there but there will always be some good people also helped us tide over many situations. All the sisters did a wonderful job not worrying about their extended hours of work and tiresome traveling everyday andamp; were the sheet anchors of our success. The Life line experience gave us the first andamp; probably the best opportunity to prove ourselves to the community, head start.

The formal inauguration was full of expectations and excitement both for the local population and us. The visit of the Senior Leadership Team for the inauguration was a big morale booster for all of us. Their interactions with the team and advice helped us to improve the system. Their words of encouragement and blessings pumped up the whole team.

Thanks to the lifeline andamp; our own work at IGEHRC before the inauguration a very positive impression went to the local population especially regarding our work culture andamp; values and people really appreciated our services. You will be glad to hear that today we are attracting patients not only from the adjoining districts but also from relatively far off cities like Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Jaunpur and even Lucknow. Patients who had been going to other hospitals in Delhi for treatment and review are coming to us and say You do whatever you can; I am not going anywhere else. Our hospitals honesty and integrity has won many a hearts. One patient was in pleasant disbelief when he was refunded some money because a rigid instead of a foldable IOL was implanted due to non availability of the IOL power at that time.

The glaucoma clinic is getting a lot of patients every day. Initially we were a bit apprehensive about the patients response to YAG PI in an eye with good vision and apparently normal to them. But to our surprise they have been very receptive to our counselling and the acceptance for YAG PI is almost more than 95%.

The hospital has certainly developed a lot of trust and faith in the community. The response to our outreach camps has also been very good. The excellent system and the services that the patients get at the hospital surprise them. The earlier culture that the local people were used to was that of totally free surgeries (although without even an average visual outcome, no post op reviews and no management of complications).We came across an alarming rate of eyes with intra operative complications, post operative Pthisical and Absolute eyes. The initial apprehension about charging Rs. 500 per surgery disappeared at our first camp only. The news of the results of our Life line camp had spread by now and people were more than happy to pay for a good quality work. We had a final IP one andamp; half times than expected.

We have referred some cases to Aravind-Madurai also. One patient with severe proptosis due to pleomorphic adenoma, was operated by Dr. Usha Madam and his post op results are wonderful. On his review with us after coming back he said I was so dejected and depressed with life, I had lost all hope. Now I have got another life, Thanks to Aravind.

The Amethi sisters have been quite resilient and sincere in their work. Although there were some initial adjustment problems but now they have matured into a hardworking and dedicated team who are willing to learn. Of course, most of the credit for that goes to our Madurai sisters who have really led them by sheer example.

The immense support and advice from everyone at Aravind has been our greatest strength. Dr. Aravind Sir has been our pillar of strength and constant mentor, indeed a friend, philosopher and a guide in our every effort, day after day. With him I have had a first hand experience of how to turn difficulties into real opportunities.

We have had some problems also. One of the hurdles was the waiting time in the OP, especially between 10 AM to 2 PM. Because of an almost nonexistent public transport system around the hospital most of the patients find it difficult to wait after 3:30 4 PM. We have certainly been able to curtail the waiting time but we need to improve more on that.

We hope to continue our efforts towards building more and more faith and good- will in the community by doing even better work and we seek your blessings for the same.

Thanking You with Sincere Regards,

Dr. Ashutosh Khandelwal
IGEHRC, Amethi

Leadership Retreat 2006

Aravind leadership team normally takes some time off to look at the steps to plan our further growth towards its Mission. This happens once in five years. Aravinds good friend and well wisher Prof Fred Munson has been guiding us and facilitating these Leadership Retreats. This year Cindy Harrison, Vice President, Chelsea Hospital was also present for the retreat. The leadership retreat was held on January 7-8, 2006 at Hotel Pandyan in Madurai.
The Leadership team presented on various strategies focusing on the mission. The purpose of this Retreat was to develop a shared understanding of what we want to become as an organization.
The following aspects were discussed in the leadership retreat:
- identify the values that define us as an organization.
- review the changes that we will likely, or certainly face in the next five-ten years,
- discuss ideas that each of you will bring to the Retreat (see the assignment below) to make us a better organization
- identify what qualities the Aravind Eye Care System needs to have in order generate, evaluate and introduce new ideas that will continuously make us a better organization
- based on that shared understanding of what we want to become, agree on the steps we are going to take to get there.
- finally, each of us, individually, decide on what we will do to begin the process.
Opening ceremony of Essilor Surfacing Lab

Aravind-Tirunelveli, December 14 Essilor India Pvt. Ltd. opened their fourth surfacing Lab at Aravind Eye Hospital, Tirunelveli. The function was graced by the presence of Dr. S. Aravind, Administrator, Aravind Madurai, Mr. Rengarajan, Senior Operations Manager, Essilor India Pvt. Ltd. Bangalore, Dr. R. Ramakrishnan, CMO, Ms. Sharadha Ramakrishnan, Doctors and staff members from various departments of Aravind Tirunelveli. The function was inaugurated by Dr. R. Ramakrishnan.
After this auspicious beginning, Dr. S. Aravind gave a short introductory speech about the Market share of Plastic lenses in India and benefits of opening this lab in the hospital. Mr. Rengarajan also gave a short speech about Essilor Lab and the joint venture between Aravind Eye Hospital and Essilor Lab. Mr. G.S. Rajan, Surfacing In-charge, Essilor India Pvt. Ltd. explained the functions of various machinerys in the Laboratory.
Completing One year Service
December 15
We are glad to inform you that we are completing one year service at Melur Community Centre on 15th December 2005.
Members from Senior leadership team comprising Dr.G. Natchiar Director HRD, Dr.M. Srinivasan Director AECS, Dr.S. Aravind Administrator and other staffs contributed to the inception of this centre, attended the celebration.
Dr.G.Natchiar discussed with melur team about the current performance and future plans to develop the centre.
World Sight Day Celebrations Eighty percent of all cases of blindness can be prevented or treated; the right to sight can and must be fulfilled. .
October 13
World Sight Day is an annual event focusing on the problem of global blindness. The event, took place this year on 13 October 2005, to draw attention to the right to sight. It provided an opportunity to become more aware and more committed to ensuring the right to sight for all. Hundreds of events took place throughout the world to mark this occasion. Aravind Eye Care System, as a partner of the Vision 2020- Right to Sight Global initiative is committed to increase awareness of the need to involve the community in the combat against blindness.
A World Sight Day rally was organized in Aravind-Madurai on 13th October in which children from various city schools and Eye health workers and public participated. It was inaugurated by Shri Tripathi, Inspector- General of Police. An awareness meeting was held in the Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology where Shri Vijay Kumar, Commissioner of Police distributed awards to School children who had participated in various activities on the theme Sight. Dr. Namperumalsamy, Vice Chairman of the Aravind Eye Care System delivered his special world sight day message and Dr. M. Srinivasan, Director of the Aravind Eye Hospitals spoke on the need of increased awareness among the public and their role in prevention of needless blindness. Drs Ravichandran and Ilango interacted with the public on eye diseases in children. Similar programmes were held in all the satellite hospitals of Aravind.
Vision Building Workshop for Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital, Amethi
LAICO, October 19-20
Having succeeded considerably in providing consultancy to 196 hospitals, LAICO is moving one step ahead to manage 100 other hospitals which can replicate the Aravinds way of working in other parts of the world. In this regard Aravind Eye Hospital has joined hand with Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust to start Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital and research centre at Amethi, Uttar Pradesh.To proceed in starting Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital and Research Centre, training programmes for 4 ophthalmologists, 32 paramedics, 4 administrative staff and 6 supportive staff were conducted
at LAICO for last three months. To conclude this training programmes a two day Vision building was conducted on October 19-20.
On October 20, Rahul Gandhi visited Aravind-Madurai to meet with the team of paramedics from Amethi who had completed their training program here and will be part of the first team to run the eye department of their hospital in UP. This unique partnership in many ways will teach Aravind many new and valuable lessons about the process and practice of true and effective replication.
Dr V always remains optimistic in the face of many challenges that stand in the way of taking the Aravind Model to other parts of the country and indeed the worldhe harks back for inspiration to the example of the hundreds of thousands of ancient temples our ancestors were able to build and sustain
Surprisingly if you see a place like Tamil Nadu they have constructed hundreds of thousands of temples everywhere- even at that time people were poor but there was so much leadership and commitment that even in small villages they have put colossal temples. These temples have been run through all the centuries and they have maintained it. That kind of culture has been strong in India- you see if you bring in that culture of community involvement to health then it is not a difficult job for India to give health care to its entire people whether they are poor or rich and see that our health is comparable to the developed countries in the world. We need to commit ourselves to hard work on one hand and also adopt the modern methods of management- empowering people to do jobs, monitoring productivity, seeing that norms are laid out for quality of work- if we can learn these things and transfer them to our people certainly we can achieve what the other developed countries have done.
Aravind Eye Hospitals, Theni Launching a New Vision Centre at Bodinayakanur
September 14, 2005
Vision 2020 The Right to Sight, a global initiative launched to eliminate needless blindness worldwide has framed solid strategies aimed at disease control, awareness creation and increased uptake of eye care services. This is to be achieved by increasing the trained human resources and establishing adequate infrastructure that incorporates primary to tertiary eye care.

As part of implementing this global initiative, Government of India and NGOs working in eye care are committed to establish comprehensive primary eye care in rural areas through vision centres whereby each centre would cater to 40,000 to 50,000 rural population. It is estimated that around 20,000 such vision centres will be established across the country by the year 2020.

Role of vision centres is to provide comprehensive primary eye care, referral services and also create adequate awareness creation in the community.

It is estimated that there are around 12 million blind people in India of which 60 65% is due to cataract. India performs highest number of surgeries in the world, 4.5 million surgeries in the year 2004 alone. However, various studies conducted by Aravind have found that there is a very low uptake of eye care services (just 7%) and accessibility in spite of increased number of eye camps. Hence it becomes important to develop alternative sustainable approaches to address the issue. Aravind Eye Care System, being a pioneer in providing eye care services to the rural population through strengthened public and private partnership, has taken the initiative of setting up vision centres in Theni district at the rate of at the least one centre per block in the initial days. International Eye Foundation (IEF), a US based not for profit organisation supporting eye care activities in developing countries has come together with Aravind in supporting this initiative. So far Aravind has established vision centres at Ambasumithram (April 14th, 2004) and Aundipatty (November 26th 2004) catering to a total of one lakh population in their respective service area.

Mandate of Aravind Vision Centres is to provide comprehensive primary eye care services to the targeted population by increasing the accessibility, sense of urgency andamp; importance and awareness. In long term, these vision centres will replace the existing outreach eye screening camps as the camp approach is a not sustainable and also it does not provide continuity of care to the patients thus leaving patients to remain blind for considerable period. The services include screening, refraction, first aid, active referral, school screening and creating awareness and eye health education and promotion. Added feature of these vision centres is dispensing of spectacles at the centre on the same day. In addition to the above said services, outreach screening camps for speciality eye problems like diabetic retinopathy will be conducted twice a year at each vision centres. This is carried out to increase awareness about the advantage of early detection and treatment of such advanced eye problems. These camps were first initiated by Aravind through various community based programmes.

Aravind has blended information technology innovatively into these centres facilitating online (live) collaboration for each patient with the ophthalmologists at the Aravind Eye Hospitals in Theni which is a low cost telemedicine approach. This approach which is unique helps patients acquire right treatment advice directly from ophthalmologists which saves lot of time and money to the patients. Aravind pursues telemedicine in an innovative manner that resulted in developing an appropriate store and forward software which will be given to the Aravind partner hospitals in the country and overseas. These centres charge a nominal cost of Rs. 10 for outpatient visits. Other services like testing for diabetes, etc. are also provided. This facilitates in counseling these patients about the significance of diabetes and its direct implication to eyes in the form of blinding but preventable eye conditions like diabetic retinopathy.

Each centre is run by a well trained ophthalmic technician, a kiosk operator and community link worker. From its inception, vision centres at Ambasumithram and Aundipatty together have screened around 4,784 patients (3856 New; 883 follow-up), 448 spectacles have been dispensed and 150 patients have undergone cataract surgeries at Aravind, Theni who were identified for cataract at these centres. In addition to this, 6187 children from 19 schools were screened of which 102 children were prescribed for spectacles and same were dispensed immediately (this data is till July 2005)

Vision Centre at Bodi is third in the line inaugurated on September 14th 2005. More such centres are in pipeline covering all the blocks in Theni District.

Aravind Eye Hospital,Madurai received IT Power User Award

CIOL (Cyber India Online Limited, Bangalore) SMB (Small and Medium Business) forum recognize the potential IT user among the companies whose turnover is between Rs.10 and Rs.100 Crore for giving IT Power User award every year. They carry out a survey at district level to issue this award.
Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai was selected by this forum for this award for implementing IT in various areas for better patient care and management. It was given by Mr.Rathinasamy, President of Tamilnadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 17-08-2005 at Hotel Sangam, Madurai.
Dr. Venkataswamy honoured with National Integration Award

Dr. G. Venkataswamy, Chairman of the Aravind Eye Care System was honoured with Himotkarsh National Integration Award for the year 2004.
Himotkarsh, a social welfare organisation of Himachal Pradesh has instituted this award in memory of Dr. D.R. Garg and confers this honour in recognition of selfless social service. The award was scheduled to be presented at the 30th annual function of Himotkarsh Sahitya Sanskriti parishad held on 13th February, 2005 at Una, Himachal Pradesh. Since Dr. Venkataswamy was unable to attend the function,the organisers came to Madurai on 16th April, 2005 and personally handed over it to the Chairman of Aravind Eye Hospital. The team included Dr. D.N. Choudhri, Patron, Mr. Harsingh, President, Mr. Yashpal Singh Takoor, General Secretary of Himotkarsh.
Zyoptix laser treatment centre launched at Aravind

A personalized refractive eye treatment, Zyoptix, which is based on technology used by NASA to map the moons surface, has been launched at the Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai in association with Bausch andamp; Lomb.
The painless vision correction procedure, which uses laser beams, is useful for those with myopia(short sight), hyperopia (long sight) or mixed astigmatism (cylindrical power). The procedure, which has high cosmetic value, does not require hospitalization.

Announcing the launch of the new procedure on 7th April, 2005, the Director of Aravind Eye Hospital, Dr.P.Namperumalsamy, said, Zyoptix was a popular procedure, which helped ophthalmologists address more challenges in eye care.The Joint Director, Dr.M.Srinivasan, said refractive blindness accounted for 19 percent of population with eye diseases in the country, next only in size to cataract. Zyoptix was a custom-made personalized refractive procedure, which took into account the uniqueness of every eye. The one-time procedure was capable of restoring normal vision within three hours and was ideal for those in the age group of 20 to 50 years. The only pre-condition was that the patient should not have cataract.

Rajat Goel, General Manager, Bausch and Lomb, said Zyoptix is the result of their continuous research efforts to develop innovative technologies in eye care. Zyoptix laser treatment obviates the need to wear spectacles or contact lenses.Most accurate vision correction, greater predictability of the surgical outcome, greater safety and efficacy, reduced glare, enhanced contrast sensitivity and less invasive procedure are the other advanatages. Even minute aberrations are corrected giving results that were never thought possible.Dr.G.Natchiar, Director, HRD, Dr.Prajna and other staff of Aravind were present on the occassion.

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