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Dear Readers,

Discovering so many artists, actors, singers, writers, speakers and athletes in a short span of one week, that too in a busy institution, will be a wonderful experience. Aravind Eye Care System had that pleasant experience in the last month of this year when it celebrated AuroUtsav-2007 which turned out to be an �Auro Discovery�.
        Probably Aravind is the first or one among the very few institutions which include their Chairman and senior leaders in various teams of staff and employees that virtually fought for the top position in the score-board. The enthusiasm and excitement, the sense of participation and team spirit manifested during the Utsav surpassed previous records. This issue of Aravind News carries a report on this exhilarating event.
        Aravind Eye Hospitals celebrated World Diabetic Day on 14th November to spread awareness on the cause and effects of Diabetes with particular reference to Diabetic Retinopathy. In Madurai a function was organised in association with �Dinamalar� in which city doctors spoke about various diseases and disorders caused by Diabetes. Dr. G. Natchiar, Vice-Chairman gave a special address.
        Sponsors Day was celebrated at Aravind-Madurai and Aravind-Tirunelveli in which sponsors from different parts of Tamil Nadu participated. In the Annual Outreach Planning meeting held at LAICO from November 2 to 3, Dr. G.N. madam advised the outreach team to widen their service from Cataract to other eye problems like Diabetic Retinopathy, Refractive errors and childhood blindness.
        A new Vision Centre was inaugurated at Madukarai by Mr. V. Vathilingam, Industries and Power Minister of Puducherry. A workshop was held at Aravind-Puducherry as a part of Vision Building Programme for Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital, Amethi.
        A special education programme was held at Aravind-Coimbatore for Aravind optical sales staff by Varilux Academy Asia Pacific and Essilor India in association with Aravind School of Optometry. Workshop on model eye care services, workshop for vision centres of Aravind were the other LAICO events in November.
        At the invitation of Fred Hollows Foundation, LAICO team consisting of Mr. R.D. Thulasiraj, Executive Director, Dr. Prajna, and Ms. Preethi Pradhan visited Sydney to conduct a two week Programme manager�s course for the Foundation�s Programme staff.
        Aravind senior leaders and faculty visited a number of places in and out of India to participate in various function. These and other regular features find place in this issue of Aravind News.

- Aravind News Team

 
Special Events
 

SPONSORS DAY CELEBRATION
Aravind-Madurai, November 11, 2007
Sponsors Day celebration was held at LAICO on November 11 Sponsors Day celebration was held at LAICO on November 11 by the outreach team at Madurai. Around 180 sponsors attended the function. The function was organised once a year at base hospitals to assemble the sponsors who are helping the outreach programmes and recognise their invaluable contribution to our community eye care service programmes. The key message that the attention should be given to all eye problems in addition to cataract services was communicated by Dr.G.Natchiar to the assemble sponsors Dr.M.Srinivasan congratulated the sponsors for their service and requested them to continue it for the noble cause.

Aravind-Tirunelveli, November 11, 2007
Sponsors Day was celebrated at Aravind-Tirunelveli on November 11. The function commenced with prayer song and Mr.T.Subramanian, Camp Organiser welcomed the gathering. Around 100 Sponsors attended the function with great enthusiasm. Ms. Lakshmi, Manager - HRD was the master of ceremony.
      Mr.S.T.Jayabalan, Manager - Administration spoke about the purpose of celebrating Sponsors Day. Mr.K.Venkatachalam, Camp Manager presented the Camp Performance from 1996 till 2007 and also mentioned the achievements of the Sponsors. Dr.R.Ramamakrishnan, Chief Medical Officer talked about the humble beginning of our Hospital and "Comprehensive Eye Camps" where all eye problems in addition to cataract services would be taken care of. .
      Prof.Ramachandran from Sivakasi was invited as Special Guest. In his special address, he praised about the Community Outreach Services of our Hospital and also our founder Chairman Dr.V. His speech was very interesting and lively.
Mr.A.S.Manickam, Camp organiser proposed the vote of thanks.

WORLD DIABETES DAY CELEBRATION
Aravind-Madurai, November 14, 2007 World Diabetes Day was celebrated at Aravind-Madurai on November 14
World Diabetes Day was celebrated at Aravind-Madurai on November 14, to create awareness among public about diabetes and its complications. Diabetic retinopathy is 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 day�s 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 participated in the Programme. The following specialists delivered speech on:
Dr. A.J. Ashirvatham
  - Diabetes and Foot care
Dr. V.V. Muthusamy
  - Diabetes and Heart
Dr. R. Kim
  - Diabetes and Eye
Dr. P. Soundrapandian
  - Diabetes and kidney

Mr. Raja (Pattimandra Pugal) delivered the guest�s address. Following this, �Patient and Doctor Interaction� session was conducted. The respective specialist answered the questions and participants doubts were clarified. Dr. K. Nareshbabu proposed vote of thanks.

Aravind-Tirunelveli, November 14, 2007
World Diabetes Day was celebrated at Aravind-Tirunelveli on November 14 World Diabetes Day was observed at Aravind-Tirunelveli on November 14. Various Programs like Human Chain, Walk, Seminar, Exhibition, Health Awareness program and Diabetic Screening Camp were conducted on this special day. All these were organized to create awareness among public regarding �Diabetes and Eye Care�.
      A special program for school children on �Health Education Program� to create awareness about Diabetes and its consequences was organized. About 170 School Students from Jayendra Matriculation School, Chinmaya Vidhyalaya School and Francis Xavier Matriculation School participated in this program. The program started with prayer song followed by an interesting talk about Diabetes, its causes, ways and means to control Diabetes by Dr.A.Subramaniyan, Pediatrician and Family Physician. Dr.Manakavala Perumal, Physician discussed and shared some important statistics about Diabetes and also how this disorder could affect our economy.
      Dr.R.Ramakrishnan, CMO talked in detail about diabetes and how it affects our eyes. In his speech, he mentioned that worldwide there are 246 million people suffer from diabetes and after 20years the number could go up to 380 million. Dr.Meenakshi, Paediatric Ophthalmologist in her talk, threw more light on Diabetes in children and relating eye diseases in children. Mrs.Savithri talked about Yoga and how yoga helps to control diabetes. She also demonstrated few Asanas which helps to control diabetes.

At Tuticorin
Aravind-Tirunelveli along with SRRA Hospital, Tuticorin organized a Diabetic Camp and Seminar at Tuticorin on World Diabetes Day. Nearly 220 outpatients attended the camp, 93 were diagonised to have diabetes and 24 with Diabetic Retinopathy.
      Dr.R.Ramakrishnan gave a talk about �Diabetes and common eye diseases� in Hello FM on November 14, 2007. Dr.Meenakshi, Paediatric Ophthalmologist gave a talk about �Diabetic Retinopathy and eye Care� in All India Radio, Tirunelveli on November 13, 2007. After the talk, an interaction with the public through telephone was organized and Dr.Meenakshi answered few questions raised by the public. An exhibition was also organised on November 14, to create awareness about this disorder and also to show how it affects the Eyes.

At Aravind-Puducherry, November 14, 2007
World Diabetes Day was celebrated at Aravind-Puducherry on November 14 World Diabetes Day was observed by Aravind-Puducherry. WDF-Aravind Diabetic Retinopathy Project conducted a rally at Bahour Kasthuribai Govt. Girls Higher Sec.School, Puducherry. The Programme arrangement was made by Pondicherry French City Rotary Club. The rally was flagged off by Dr. Thiruvengadakrishnan, Camp Medical Officer. Rtn.Shanmugam, President, Rotary Club and the school Vice Principal Mrs. Lalitha participated in the programme.
      Around 600 school students, Teachers, Club volunteers and Aravind staff participated in the rally. Starting from the School it covered 3 kilometers of the village. The Programme was arranged by Mr. Arul, DR Project Co-ordinator.


At Aravind-Coimbatore, November 14, 2007
World Diabetes Day was celebrated at Aravind-Coimbatore on November 14 Aravind-Coimbatore under the aegis of WDF Aravind Diabetic Retinopathy Project, RRV Diabetic Centre and Lions Club of Coimbatore town and Pollachi observed World Diabetic Day celebrations on November 14.

Mega Diabetes Detection Camp:
At Pollachi, Coimbatore district, free diabetes detection was done for 10,133 people. 33 blood sugar check up counters were arranged for a radius of 10kms. Of the 10,133 people screened, 3023 were detected with diabetes.

Diabetes exhibition:
An exhibition was held to create awareness on diabetes and diabetic retinopathy was conducted at the base hospital (Aravind Eye Hospital, Coimbatore) from November 12-17. This exhibition was visited by 1068 people; free blood sugar checkup was done for every one above the age of 40years. Diabetes was detected in 246 people. Ophthalmoscopic examination revealed diabetic retinopathy in 56 patients.
      Counselling on diabetic diet was done by a dietician who had a good spread of the different varieties of food that were classified by its nutritive and caloric values. Necessity for regular ophthalmic evaluation for diabetic patients was stressed at this event and free retinopathy screening was also done.

INAUGURATION OF MADUKARAI VISION CENTRE
Aravind-Puducherry, November 29, 2007
New Vision Centre at Madukarai was inaugurated on November 29 New Vision Centre at Madukarai was inaugurated on November 29, 2007 Aravind-Puducherry. Mr. V. Vaithilingam, Industries and Power Minister of Puducherry inaugurated the centre. 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.





AURO UTSAV COMPETITIONS AT ALL ARAVIND EYE HOSPITALS



Auroutsav is a week-long series of competitions for all employees of Aravind Eye Care System. Auro Utsav was celebrated for the third time at Aravind and this year�s theme being �a tribute to imagination and creativity�. Auroutsav has brought out the creativity and latent talent in everybody right from Doctors, MLOPs and Administrative staff members. Besides it has also facilitated a process of inter mingling between departments. Auroutsav serves as a platform for all the members of the Aravind Eye Care family to come together and to bring out their talents.
      Auro Utsav - 2007 commenced on December 1, 2007, with inauguration and theme presentation at All Aravind Eye Hospitals and it started with a BANG!
      Several Competitions were conducted from December 1-7, 2007. On 2nd, sports events like Multi task events, Lemon with spoon, Musical Chair, Tug of War, Marathon, Cricket, Treasure Hunt and Slow cycle race organised. Few other Competitions that were organized on the remaining days were Poetry Competition, Anthakshari, Pencil Sketching, Art from Waste, Singing Competition, Vegetable Carving, Group Dance, Cookery Competition, Rangoli and Talent Hunt.
      All staff members joined together and exhibited their talents and creativity. All the staff members right from Doctors, MLOPs and Administrative staff members united as one and participated in the competitions with great enthusiasm and zeal. It was really amazing to see and experience the talents possessed by our staff. Auro Utsav thus served as a platform to bring out the talents and brought persons from different departments to work as a team.
      The week long Auro Utsav celebrations came to a wonderful end. Auro Utsav - 2007 was packed with energy, entertainment and fun.

31st ANNUAL DAY CELEBRATION
Aravind-Madurai, December 15, 2007
31st Annual Day Celebration was held at Aravind-Madurai on December 15 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.

INAUGURATION OF JUBILEE HALL FOR INSTRUMENTS MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT
Aravind-Madurai, December 4, 2007
Inauguration of Jubilee Hall for Instruments Maintenance Department The Jubilee Hall of Instruments Maintenance Department made possible by the conversion of the decommissioned hot water boiler shed in the fifth floor of the main hospital into a modern laboratory cum class room was opened by Dr. Alan L. Robin, Professor of Ophthalmology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. on December 4. The hall is named as the Jubilee Hall to mark the completion of little more than fifty (54 to be exact) of the department.

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   Awards & Accolades
 
Highest Rotary Award for Dr. M. Srinivasan
Highest Rotary Award for Dr. M. Srinivasan. 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 hospital�s 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 Rotary�s 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.
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   LAICO Happenings
 
WORKSHOP ON MODEL EYE CARE SERVICES
LAICO, November 1-3, 2007
15 participants attended the Model Eye Care Services Workshop at LAICO A total of 15 participants attended the Model Eye Care Services Workshop at LAICO. The participants were from University of Kwazulu, Natal, South Africa, Vision 2020 Focal point for Somalia, Somalia Republic, NGO, Grarbet Tehadiso Mahber, ORBIS-International, Ethiopia, Quiha Hospital, Mekele, Tigrary, King Faisal Hospital, Kigali, and Right to Sight, Ministry of Public Health. The main objective of the workshop is to provide an overview about the need of Eye care programmes and the current challenges in Africa and set a road map to combat against the blindness and to orient about a feasible eye care service delivery model that will address the following. The second workshopon Model Eye Care Services was held from November 5-7. The participants were from Cappagh Hospital Research & Development Trust, Ireland, Proyecto Vision, Spain, ICEE, South Africa, Right to Sight from Kenya, UK, India, University of Cape Town, South Africa, Central Hospital Kigali, Rwanda.
  - Generate demand for the hospital services
  - A system with highly productivity with limited resources
  - Organisational sustainability (Leadership. Clinical, Managerial, Training, Financial aspects)
  - Importance of Leadership

WORKSHOP FOR VISION CENTRES OF ARAVIND EYE CARE SYSTEM
LAICO, November 4, 2007
A workshop for all the staff in Vision Centers under the 5 base hospitals was held at LAICO on November 4. Field workers, medical officers in charge of the vision centres also participated in the workshop. About 80 participants including the camp organisers or coordinators in charge of the centers at the base hospitals attended this workshop. Every centre�s performance was presented. Mr.R.Meenakshi Sundaram summarised the Vision Centers� performance in terms of their location in different performance indicators. There was a discussion by 5 groups to set their goal for the year 2008. It was also advised to bring out some strategies to overcome the current issues and further development. The medical officers represented the five groups presented their strategies. Dr.G.Natchiar and Mr.R.D.Thulasiraj gave their inputs during their presentation and interaction.

TRAINING PROGRAMMES ATTENDED ELSEWHERE
Fred Hollows Foundation, Sydney, November 12-15, 2007
Aravind team at Fred Hollows Foundation, Sydney. Fred Hollows Foundation had invited LAICO to deliver a customised version of the 2 week programme manager�s course for their programme staff. A four day training programme was organized by LAICO for their Sydney 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.

SITUATION ANALYSIS VISIT
Disha Eye Hospital, West Bengal, November 26-December 2, 2007
Situation Analysis Visit, Disha eye Hospital, West Bengal. A team from LAICO Ms. Preethi Pradhan, Mr. Suresh Kumar, Ms. Deepa Krishnan, and Dr.R.D.Ravindran visited Disha Eye Hospital & Research Centre Pvt, Ltd for Situation Analysis Visit. The main objective of this visit is to create a formal administrative system and to take care of Operations Management, Delegation and Training, Follow-up process, Monitoring and Evaluation, Change management.







Dr. PN�s VISIT TO USA
New York, USA, November 5-12, 2007
Situation Analysis Visit, Disha eye Hospital, West Bengal. Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman visited USA between November 5 to 12. He attended the Annual Board Meeting of Friends of Aravind. He had a discussion with Mr. Fred Munson about the future management of AECS.
      Dr. P. Namperumalsamy attended the Annual Conference of American Academy of Ophthalmology in New Orleans from November 8-12. He attended the Retina Subspecialty Meeting. He met Dr. Dunbar Hopkins, Executive Vice President of AAO and had interaction about the virtual academy and possible collaboration between Aravind Eye Care System and American Academy of Ophthalmology.
      During this trip, he met Dr. Paul Aiello, Dr. Suresh Chandra, Dr. Victoria Sheffield, Dr. Paul Kaufmann and discussed with regard to the research projects.

VISIT TO USA AND UK
September 25 � October 25
Dr. VR. Muthukkaruppan, Director-Research & Immunology visited USA. Dr. VR. Muthukkaruppan, Director-Research & Immunology visited USA to meet Dr. Paul Kaufman and Dr. Baohe Tian at the University of Wisconsin and present the Posterior Capsule Opacification project results in human donor eyes and observed all the protocols followed in animal model. He also discussed about the future collaborative projects.
      At Aravind we have established a good stem cell lab where lot of work is done on corneal epithelial stem cells. In order to present our data on corneal epithelial stem cells to other international labs he visited several important labs and met eminent personalities in those labs such as: Dr. Robert Lavker, Department of Dermatology, North Western University, Dr.Ahmed Waseem and Dr.Harry Navsaria, Institute of Cell and Molecular sciences, Queen Mary�s School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, Dr. Julie Daniels, Director Cell for sight Tissue Bank UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, Moorfields Eye Hospital, Dr. Peggy Zelenka and Dr. Ian MacDonald, Chief, Ophthalmic Genetics, National Eye Institute, Dr. Paul A. Sieving, Director, NEI
      Apart from this, he visited National Eye Institute (NEI) and made discussion about the genetic aspects of Diabetic retinopathy with Dr. J. Fielding Hejtmancik. There he met Ms. Suganthalakshmi, SRF from Aravind medical research foundation who is on a Predoctoral fellowship at NEI. Later he went to Health Protection Agency, London and met Dr. David Brown, Dr. Li jin, Dr. Samuel and Dr. Robin Gopal and discussed on Rubella project.

A TRIP TO US
USA, October 18 - November 13, 2007
Ms. Sasipriya, Faculty, LAICO visited Seva Foundation, Berekeley, USA. Ms. Sasipriya, Faculty, LAICO visited Seva Foundation, Berekeley, USA to take part in Global staff meetings from October 29 to November 1 and made a presentation about Aravind-Seva activities and took part in the discussions.
      Ms. Sasipriya participated in the Board Meeting held at Seva Foundation, Berekeley and Seva SIGHT Programme Advisory Group Meeting from November 2-5, 2007 and she made a visit to Consulting Division of Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health to understand the consulting process and process and approaches adopted at these consulting firms at San Francisco on October 24 and 25. Dr. Veena, Aravind-Puducherry, Dr. Mohideen Abdul Kader, Aravind-Tirunelveli, Dr. Viji Rangarajan,
      Aravind-Coimbatore, Ms. Sashi Priya, Faculty, LAICO, Dr. George Varghese Puthuran, Aravind-Glaucoma participated in the meeting of American Academy of Ophthalmology at New Orleans from November 9-13, 2007.
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   Conferences Attended Elsewhere
 
TIFAC-COREs MEET 2007
Manipal Life Science Centre, Manipal University, October 26-28, 2007
Dr. R. Kim, Project Coordinator, TIFAC-CORE, Mr. V. Vijayakumar, Project Manager, participated in the Fifth TIFAC-CORE Annual Meet (TCM-2007) which was organised by �TIFAC-CORE in Pharmacogenomics�. Dr. R. Kim made a presentation on the achievements of TIFAC-CORE in Diabetic Retinopathy � Phase I and the proposed activities for Phase II.

III NATIONAL CONFERENCE - TELEMEDICINE SOCIETY OF INDIA
Chennai, November 2-3, 2007
Dr. Kim at Telemedicine Society of India Meet. Dr. Kim participated in the conference as the chairperson for the topic "Clinical Applications of Telemedicine"
  - Tele-ophthalmology
  - Tele- diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy.
Dr. Karthik, Aravind-Madurai, Dr. Ganesh Ram, Aravind-Coimbatore, Dr. Mohaideen Abdul kader, Aravind-Tirunelveli, Dr. Bhadrinath, Aravind-Puducherry.






26th KARNATAKA STATE OPHTHALMIC CONFERENCE
Bangalore, November 3-4, 2007 Dr.P.Vijayalakshmi got the Dr.Subramaniam Oration Award
Dr. P. Vijayalakshmi participated as a faculty
  - Paediatric Ophthalmology � Past, Present, Future � 25 Min (Dr.Subramaniam Oration lecture)
  - Surgical steps in Paediatric Cataract Management
Dr.P.Vijayalakshmi got the Dr.Subramaniam Oration Award during the conference.



NHG ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC CONGRESS
Singapore, November 10-11, 2007
Dr. S. Aravind was invited as the Guest Speaker at the Plenary:
  - �High Quality, Low Cost Health Care � Lessons from the largest eye care system in the world�
  - �Cataract surgery � State of the art�
  - Phacoemulsification in hard cataract
  - Phacoemulsification in Subluxated cataract
  - New technology in phacoemulsification (ozil).

OPHTHALMIC ASSOCIATION MEET
Cosmopolitan Club, Coimbatore, November 15, 2007
The Coimbatore Ophthalmic Association meet was held at Coimbatore on November 15. A Uveitis session was held and topics discussed were Good Clinical Practice, Quiz on Uveitis, Investigation in Uveitis, and treatment in Uveitis. Dr.Adithi Parekh, Excel life sciences, New Delhi, Dr.Venu Nadella, Uvea Clinic, Aravind - Madurai and Dr.Manohar Babu, Consultant, Uvea Clinic, Aravind-Coimbatore participated in the meeting and presented the topics.
      The Meeting was attended by 93 Ophthalmologists including the President of Coimbatore OphthalmicAssociation, Prof.V.R.Vijayaraghavan, Dr.S.Balasubramaniam, Director, Sankara Eye Hospital, Dr.Thangavelu of M.V.Eye Hospital and Prof. Sunder, PSG Institute of Medical Sciences.

LAUNCH OF DR PROJECT
H.V. Desai Eye Hospital, Pune, November 20-21, 2007
Dr. P.Namperumalsamy, Chairman, participated in the launch of ORBIS International supported �Diabetic Retinopathy Awareness Project� at H.V.Desai Eye Hospital
  - Presentation on �Model of Managing Diabetic Retinopathy�.

EYE CARE MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
Al Noor Foundation, Magrabi Eye Hospital, Cairo, Egypt, November 23-24, 2007
Mr. Sanil joseph at Al Noor Foundation Mr. Sanil Joseph, Faculty-LAICO visited Al Noor Foundation, Magrabi Eye Hospital, Cairo and took two sessions on Service Marketing in Eye Care and Vision Centre Management.










COMMUNITY OPHTHALMOLOGY SOCIETY OF INDIA (COSI) SYMPOSIUM
Sankara Eye Centre, Coimbatore, November 24, 2007
Dr. P.Namperumalsamy, Chariman, AECS, attended the COSI Symposium held at Sankara Eye Centre as Chairman for the session on � Community Detection and Management Methodologies�
  - �Diabetic Retinopathy- outreach eye care model�.

WORKSHOP ON GREENSTONE DIGITAL LIBRARY
Indian Institute of Management, Calicut, NovemWorkshop on Greenstone Digital Library, Indian Institute of Management, Calicutber 26-December 1, 2007
Mr. P. Kirubanithi, Sr. Librarian & Info Officer and Mr. Santhanakrishnan from Telemedicine participated in the Greenstone Digital Library workshop at Indian Institute of Management, Calicut. They learned about advanced concepts in Web Library, Formating and User Management, Creating Multimedia and Text based collections.





MEETING OF TASKFORCE ON RETINOBLASTOMA
Indian Council of Medical Research, Delhi, November 26, 2007
Dr.Usha participated in the �Taskforce on Retinoblastoma� meeting at Indian Council of Medical Research at Delhi.

ROUND TABLE ICP PLANNING SESSION - 2008-2009
WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office, Cairo, Egypt, November 26-27, 2007
Mr. Sanil joseph attended Round Table ICP Planning SessionMr. Sanil Joseph, Faculty-LAICO represented Aravind in the �Round Table ICP Planning Session - Integrating Gender into Control of Avoidable Blindness and Visual Impairment� held at WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO), Egypt.







SEVA CCO PLANNING SESSION
WHO headquarters, Cairo, November 28, 2007
Mr. Sanil joseph at WHO headquarters, Cairo. Mr. Sanil Joseph, Faculty-LAICO attended the SEVA CCO planning session held at the WHO headquarters, Cairo on November 28.











LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
WHO EMRO Headquaters, Cairo, Egypt, November 29, December 1, 2007 Mr. Sanil joseph at WHO headquarters, Cairo.
Mr. Sanil Joseph, Faculty-LAICO attended the Leadership Development Program jointly organised by the WHO and Middle East African Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) at the WHO EMRO Headquarters, Cairo, Egypt.
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VALEDICTORY FUNCTION FOR INSTRUMENTS MAINTENANCE COURSE
Aravind-Madurai, November 1-December 12, 2007
Mr. Sanil joseph at WHO headquarters, Cairo. The 54th Instruments Maintenance Course was held from November 1-December 12 at Aravind Eye Hospital. Mr. R.D. Thulasiraj, Executive Director, LAICO distributed the certificates and Dr. Balakrishnan, Managing Director, Aurolab, distributed tools kit to the trainees. In his speech Mr. Thulasiraj recalled the genesis and growth of the department since 1986 while Dr. Balakrishnan explained the role of the instruments maintenance persons in the successful running of an Eye Hospital. There were eight trainees one from Kenya, one from Saudi Arabia and six from different parts of India � West Bengal, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Miss. M. Dhanalakshmi was the Chief Instructor of the course.

ANNUAL OUTREACH PLANNING MEETING
LAICO, November 2-3, 2007
The annual outreach planning meeting was held at LAICO from November 2-3. All the Camp Medical Officers, Camp Managers and Camp Organisers from Aravind-Madurai, Theni, Tirunelveli, Coimbatore and Puducherry participated in the meeting. The main objective of the meeting was to discuss the achievement of all the camp organisers during the current year and our �Goal� in the year 2008. Every organiser presented their achievement in terms of number of camps held in their service area, number of surgeries performed against their target and the trend in performance for the past 5 years. The main focus of the meeting was to target the un-served blind population in the entire service area.
      So far as the focus is on Cataract, other problems like Diabetic Retinopathy, refractive errors and childhood blindness were not given special focus and service delivery for these patients is very minimal. This fact was highlighted by Dr.G.Natchiar, Vice-Chairman, Aravind Eye Care System who advised the whole outreach team to widen their service from cataract to the most comprehensive eye care services through outreach in 2008. It was discussed that each organiser can set their goal not only for Cataract but also Diabetic Retinopathy, Refractive Errors, Paediatric problems and so on. The goal was discussed and finalised by the entire team through a healthy and meaningful interaction. Every one was well aware of their goal and plan of action for the year 2008. The goal setting process was facilitated by Dr.Ramakrishnan, CMO, Tirunelveli.

SESSION ON CONTACT LENS
Aravind-Coimbatore, November 6, 2007 Sessions on Contact Lens
Ms. Preetha, Optometrist from Bausch & Lomb visited Aravind-Coimbatore and handled a session on "Overview of Contact lens" to all doctors and refractionists. In this session she discussed about contact lens fitting, guidelines and procedures.







VISION BUILDING AND STRATEGIC PLANNING WORKSHOP
Aravind-Puducherry, November 10-12, 2007
Vision building and strategic planning workshop conducted at Aravind-Puducherry. This workshop was organised as a part of the Vision Building Programme for Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital and Research Centre, Amethi. A total of 46 persons including 4 ophthalmologists, 32 paramedics, 4 administrative staff and 6 supportive staff participated. The main objectives of the workshop was
  - To Understand the Magnitude of Blindness in the service area and the Unmet needs
  - To understand the Capacity Utilisation of the planned facility
  - Setting Targets/Goals for the first year
  - Developing Vision and Mission Statements
  - Developing Strategies and action Plans
  - Developing systems and protocols
  - Developing Functional area wise Policies and Procedures
  - Developing Organisational Policies and Procedures.

CHILDREN�S DAY CELEBRATION
Aravind-Puducherry, November 14, 2007
Children's Day was celebrated at Aravind-Puducherry Children's Day was celebrated at Aravind-Puducherry on November 14 in paediatric clinic. A Drawing competition was conducted in which 16 children participated. Prizes were distributed to the winners by Mr. Simon, in the presence of Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Venkatesh. Prizes and chocolates were given to all the children.








VARILUX ACADEMY ASIA PACIFIC EDUCATION PROGRAM ON OPTICAL DISPENCING
Aravind- Coimbatore, November 27, 2007
Varilux Academy Asia Pacific Education program on Optical Dispensing at Aravind-Coimbatore A special education programme was held by Varilux Academy Asia Pacific (VAAP), Essilor India Pvt., Ltd. associated with Aravind School of Optometry. The main purpose of the training Programme was to make understand the significance of Personality in affecting behaviors and why communications is more important. This non-technical workshop was conducted for the first time at Aravind for optical sales staff.
      Mr. Krishna, Faculty, ESSILOR and Mr.Selvakumar, Faculty, Aravind School of Optometry conducted lectures and tutorial workshops on �Personality Factors and Communications� and Successful sales. A total of 13 participants from all five Aravind eye hospitals attended the programme.


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   Training Programmes
 
TRAINING PROGRAMMES AT ARAVIND
 
Course title
Venue
Started Year
Total number trained
Current month enrollments
Short Term Courses - For Ophthalmologists
IOL Micro surgery
Coimbatore
1993
175
2
Lasers in Diabetic Retinopathy
Madurai
2000
196
1
Coimbatore
2000
157
2
Phacoemulsification
Madurai
2005
66
2
Tirunelveli
2005
26
1
Small Incision Cataract Surgery
Madurai
2003
96
1
 
   Aurolab News
 
111th ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY
New Orleans, Louisiana, November 10-13, 2007
Aurolab team participated in the exhibition of 111th Annual Meeting of the AAO. Mr.Sriram, Director operation, Mr.Sivanand, Marketing Manager-Domestic, Mr.Padmanabhan, Product Manager-Suture participated in the exhibition of 111th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology at New Orleand.
      This is the fifth consecutive year for Aurolab�s participation in the AAO annual conference. Delegates from various countries visited the stall. Delegates were largely from Latin America, Central America, Europe and Africa. Aurolab Introduced the Hydrophobic acrylic lenses and demonstrated its loading technique and ease of use. Aurolab also got some useful dealership enquiries that will lay the foundation for consistent supplies in future.


MEDICA TRADE FAIR
Dusseldorf, Germany, November 15-17, 2007
Mr.R.D.Sriram-Director operations and S.Padmanabhan-Product Manager (Suture Division) participated in the MEDICA trade fair in Dusseldorf.
      MEDICA is the center of attraction for all those involved in the health service. More than 1, 00,000 visitors obtained information on all the current and future trends in in-patient and out-patient care at this annual event. With its extensive ancillary program, numerous special events, two major congresses and the largest product display in the industry, MEDICA is the hub of the medical trade.
      This visit helped Aurolab to identify potential customers and suppliers all over the world and certainly it would increase their exposure towards EU nations.

Domestic conference
There were many conferences that were held in the month of November 2007. Annual conferences in Kerala, Orissa, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and DOS Mid term conference were among them. Aurolab�s Area Development Managers from each state participated in these conferences and actively promoted Aurolab�s products to the delegates. The products focused during the conference were Aurovue, Aurolab�s hydrophobic foldable lens and Aurogold, Yellow PMMA lens. There were also a lot of enquiries for RetiEye, a recently introduced product for trainees of laser photocoagulation and indirect ophthalmology.
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   Visitors & Volunteers
 

- Mr. Andreas Pallas and and Mrs. Andreas Pallasand , Private Eye Clinic, Switzerland were at Aravind-Madurai from November 8-11, to understand about community ophthalmology and Aravind Model.
- Ms. Nancy Fernadez, Ms. Bina Sheth, L.M.Patel Eye Hospital, Mumbai were at Aravind-Madurai on November 12, to know about Aravind Model.
- Mr. Tom Voss and Mrs. Voss, SEVA, Canada-volunteer were at Aravind-Madurai from November 15-16, to know about Eye Care services in Aravind Eye Hospital.
- Mr. Rajashekar, Mr. Srinivas, Mr. Venkatesh from L.V.P (ICARE), Hyderabad and Dr. Santhosh Moses from OEU, Hyderabad visited Aravind-Madurai on November 16, 2007, to understand about Aravind Model and vision centers setup.
- Mr. Rajagopal and Mr. John Cook, IOWA, USA were as at Aravind-Madurai on November 18, 2007, to understand about Aravind model.
- Mr. Krishna Madav, Director, CSR Initiatives, Mr. Amal Nathan and Ms. Nagaratna Bhatt, Administrative Officers and Dr. Deshbande, Medical Officer from Bhoruka Welfare, Hyderabad visited Aravind-Madurai from November 20 � 22, to discuss about consultancy process for their upcoming Eye hospital
- Dr. Tony Ukety from WHO, Geneva visited Aravind-Madurai from November 21-23, to understand about Aravind Model and to know about community outreach programme at Aravind.
- Ambuja Team from Rajasthan visited Aravind-Madurai on November 22, to discuss about setting up of a Managed Eye Hospital in Rajasthan.
- Mr. Stephan Phals & Mrs. Stephan, Freelancer consultancy, Yemen visited Aravind-Madurai on November 22 to understand and write a case study on Aravind Model.
- Mr. Rogger Biggs, Field Manager and Mr. Michele Claudel, IRIS Founder, IRIS Asia visited Aravind-Madurai from November 25-28 to discuss about IRIS Eye Clinic Programme in Cambodia.
- Mr. Stephen Berkeley, Manager, Organisational Development and Dr. Partab Midha, Medical Superintendent, GHRC, India were visited Aravind-Madurai from November 26-27, to understand about our MIS, reporting Vision Centers and HR.

VISITORS TO AMRF
Aurolab team participated in the exhibition of 111th Annual Meeting of the AAO. Professor R. Rajagopal from University of Iowa, and Mr. Jeff Cook from Wendling Strategies, Brookline, visited Aravind-Madurai on November 17, to have discussion with senior scientist Dr. P.Sundaresan at AMRF.

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   Case Study
 

ARAVIND'S MOBILE SCREENING UNIT PROMOTES AWARENESS OF DIABETIC RETINOPATHY
Case Study Ramu, aged 57, has been afflicted with diabetes for the past 30 years, yet, until recently, he was unaware of how his condition was affecting his retinas -- and consequently his vision.
      Living with his wife and 3 children in Mettupalayam, Ramu works in a private company with a meager income. He found out that he was diabetic 30 years ago when his blood was tested during treatment in a hospital for the injuries he sustained in an unrelated accident.
      Over time, Ramu has undergone treatment for his diabetes at the Primary Health Centre in Karamadai, receiving regular insulin injections. One day not long ago, when he went to the health centre for treatment, the government doctor informed him that Aravind�s mobile screening van would soon visit the centre. The doctor advised him to come on that particular day and get his retinas examined.
      On the day of the camp, Ramu was examined and the technician of the mobile unit transmitted Ramu's fundus images to Aravind Eye Hospital at Madurai via the satellite. An ophthalmologist at the hospital analyzed the images and sent a report to the technician in the mobile unit, indicating that both of Ramu's retinas were affected by Diabetic Retinopathy. The eye camp counsellor informed him about the condition of his retinas and the imperative of getting treatment in the hospital to save his remaining vision.
      Ramu accepted the counsellor�s advice and returned home, promising to go to Aravind � Coimbatore immediately. He thanked Aravind�s mobile van for making him aware that he is afflicted with Diabetic Retinopathy.

Source : Dinakara Kannan

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   Aravind Eye Hospitals Monthly Patient Statistics


NOVEMBER 2007
Hospitals
Madurai
Theni
Tirunelveli
Coimbatore
Puducherry
Total
HOSPITAL OUT-PATIENT VISITS
Paying (New-Review)
30,590
5,257
14,247
20,525
12,914
11,286
94,819
Free (Direct walk-in)
13,121
-
8,580
13,580
8,667
-
45,141
OUTREACH OUT PATIENTS
Regular Eye Camps
2,829
1,193
3,690
5,842
4,878
5,770
24,202
Diabetic Retinopathy Camps
-
-
554
1,755
323
-
2,632
Refractive Camps
-
-
1,105
852
-
597
2,554
School Eye Screening
267
-
-
14,080
-
415
14,762
Vision Centres
1,436
1,940
852
537
630
-
5,395
Community Eye Clinics
2,507
-
1,979
2,096
-
-
6,582
Total OP Examinations
50,750
8,390
31,007
59,267
27,412
18,063
196,087
SURGERIES
Paying
3,598
285
1,317
1,929
971
1,250
9,350
Free (including the subsidized camp surgeries)
1,543
147
560
1,419
461
-
4,130
Through Outreach
748
164
728
1,609
789
845
4,883
Total Surgeries
5,889
596
2,605
4,957
2,221
2,095
18,363

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