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Editorial

It was a proud moment for Aravind as the organization was the Diamond winner in the category of Direct Care Provider at the Health Value Awards ceremony sponsored by World Health Care Congress, the Validation Institute and the Health Rosetta Institute. More than 350 nominees competed under various categories and Aravind was indeed fortunate to come out as the topper.

Supported by Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and through Public Health Foundation of India, a project is on at Aravind-Tirunelveli to develop a district-level model for capacity building at the government health system for effective management of DR. As part of this, awareness programme on diabetes and diabetic retinopathy was held for the government health workers.

Aravind model of training the mid-level ophthalmic personnel has been widely acclaimed and now this model is going beyond the scope of eye care. Inspired by this, a maternal and child health programme based in Aurangabad sent their staff to Aravind to know about the training programme and how this can be implemented in its setting.

News about these and many more feature in this issue.



AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
Life Achievement Honour for Dr. R. Krishnadas
Aravind-Madurai, April 28-29
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Dr. R. Krishnadas, Director-HR, Aravind Eye Care System was presented with the Life Achievement Honour at Pune Eyecon 2018 organised by National Institute of Ophthalmology. The award was presented in recognition of his commitment in the field of ophthalmology, patient care and research.
Health Value Award for Aravind
Washington, DC from April 29-May 2

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Best Video Award
Washington, DC, USA, April 13-17

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NEWS AND EVENTS
Tour for Employees
Thottipalam, April 15

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As a part of Employee welfare activity, 2nd year and 3rd year MLOP and admin staff were taken on a one day tour to Thirparappu Falls and Thottipalam on April 15.

First year employees were taken on a one day tour to Papanasam  on Sunday, April 29, 2018.
Orientation programme on DR and DM Management
Aravind-Tirunelveli, 23 April 2018

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As part of the Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) project supported by Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust (QEDJT), AravindTirunelveli organised  an orientation programme to sensitize the Village Health Nurses, Mentoring Nurses, Ophthalmic Assistants and Pharmacists on the importance of monitoring  Diabetes Mellitus and Diabetic Retinopathy.105 participants  attended. Dr. R Ramakrishnan, Chief Medical Officer, Aravind Eye Hospital, Tirunelveli gave the welcome address and briefed the QEDJT Project to the participants.  IEC materials on DR were given to the participants. Dr. Abhishek, District Program Officer, (NCD), DDHS, Tirunelveli handled a session on Diabetes and Diabetes Management. Dr. Syed Mohideen, Retina Consultant, Aravind Eye Hospital, Tirunelveli handled a session on Diabetic Retinopathy and its management and the expected outcome of QEDJT-DR Project. A live demo on DR screening using fundus camera was given at the end of the session. Mr. Hariesh Kumar, Project Manager, AEH, Tirunelveli gave a presentation on data Sharing and facilitation by Aravind Eye Hospital to help the village health nurses and ophthalmic assistants to mobilize DM Patients and  Cataract patients for DR screening  in their respective blocks/centres.

Dr.Ramalakshmi, DPM, Tirunelveli and  Dr. Abhishek, District Program Officer, (NCD) shared their views on utilizing the health workers to mobilize DM patients at the grass root level to make the project a successful one. Dr. Meenakshi, Deputy CMO, Aravind Eye Hospital, Tirunelveli, Dr. Harihara Subramanian, Ophthalmologist, TVMCH and Dr. Muthuraman from DDHS, Tirunelveli were  present during the program.
Motivational Session for Ophthalmic Assistants
Aravind-Tirunelveli, May 10
A motivational session for MLOPs and Admin staff members was conducted by Brahma Kumaris.  The session was so inspiring and encouraging.
17th Creche Day Celebrations
Aravind-Coimbatore, Friday, April 20

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Dr.Kalpana Narendran, Senior Medical Officer, Aravind Eye Hospital, Coimbatore was the chief guest for the function. She felicitated the graduating kids with “Ready to School” certificate. She gave a small talk touching on how parents can be a role model to the children and the importance of spending quality time with them. Children gave energetic performance starting with prayer song and welcome dance. They childrens rocked  the stage with dance, singing and fancy dress. The entire programme was anchored by them. 
CONFERENCES ATTENDED ELSEWHERE
4th Asia-Pacific Glaucoma Congress (APGC)
Busan, South Korea, April 13-15

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Dr.P.Sundaresan gave an invited talk on Current trends in molecular genetics of  Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG) and Primary Angle Closure Glaucoma (PACG). After the   meeting, he visited Department of Ophthalmology, Seoul National University (SNU), Seoul where he delivered a talk on Genetics of Diabetic retinopathy and   met Dr.  Hyeong Gon Yu, Prof. Ki Ho Park and Dr. Sung Wook Park.

In addition,  Dr.P.Sundaresan visited  SNU  Bundang Hospital and met Drs. Kyu Hyung Park, JeeyunAhn  and Young joo Park. There he delivered a talk on Mitoscriptome Gene Expression Signature for Diabetic Retinopathy using cadaver Eyes.
Training of Trainers (TOT) Workshop
LAICO, April 30 to May 2

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A special TOT workshop was conducted for the staff of Sri Radhika Seva Trust, Aurangabad, who have been working for the past 13 years on Maternal and Child Health. Hearing about Aravind’s MLOP programme, they wanted to have a structured training for a new cadre MLMHCP – Mid Level Maternal Health and Child Programme. It was a small team of 4 members. Some of the senior MLOPs conducted a few sessions for them. The need for training, Marketing and recruiting personnel, Training administration and evaluation of the programme, the sustainability of the programme, on job training were some of the aspects that were sahred with the participants. The workshop ended with group photo and distribution of certificates by Dr.Danrita.
LAICO HAPPENINGS
Consultancy Visits
Midnapur, West Bengal, April 29 - May 2, 2018.

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Dr.Swati and Mr.Yesunesan made  follow up visit to Rotary Eye Hospital, Midnapur, West Bengal from April 29 - May 2, 2018. The team also attended the Trustees meeting  at Jharkhand Eye Bank Trust, Ranchi from May 3 to 5, 2018.
TRAINING PROGRAMMES

Enrolments for April 2018 at Aravind Eye Care System

Course title
Training Centre
Enrolments for April 2018
Long Term Fellowship Programs - For Ophthalmologists
Fellowship in IOL & Anterior Segment
Coimbatore
1
Chennai
1
Fellowship in Cornea 
Madurai
2
Fellowship in General Opthalmology
Madurai
1
Fellowship in Orbit & Oculoplasty
Madurai
1
Fellowship in Retina Vitreous
Chennai
1
Short Term Courses - For Ophthalmologists
Clinical Observership Program In Diagnosis and Management Of Glaucoma
Coimbatore
1
Tirunelveli
1
Lasers in Diabetic Retinopathy
Coimbatore
1
Podicherry
1
Madurai
2
Management of Retinopathy of Prematurity and Paediatric Retinal Disorders
Coimbatore
2
Phacoemulsification
Madurai
2
Coimbatore
2
Pondicherry
2
Small incision cataract surgery
Coimbatore
2
Paramedical courses
Ocularist
Madurai
1
Non-Clinical - Instrument Maintenance Courses
Instrument Maintenance - For Technicians
Madurai
3
Non-Clinical - Management Courses
Management Training and Systems Development for Hospital Administrators / Managers 
LAICO
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PUBLICATIONS
  • Oldenburg CE, Prajna NV, Thiruvengada Krishnan, Revathy R, Srinivasan M, Ray KJ, O'Brien KS, Glymour MM, Porco TC, Acharya NR, Rose-Nussbaumer J, Lietman TM. Regression Discontinuity and Randomized Controlled Trial Estimates: An Application to the Mycotic Ulcer Treatment Trials. Ophthalmic Epidemiol. 2018 May 2:1-8. [Epub]
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  • Pankaja D; Ashish K. Combined Cataract Extraction With Pars Plana Vitrectomy and Metallic Intraocular Foreign Body Removal Through Sclerocorneal Tunnel Using a Novel “Magnet Handshake” Technique. Asia-Pacific J Ophthalmol. 2018 Mar-Apr;7(2):114-118.
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  • Lakshey D, Lakshmi Priya J, Prajna NV, Lalitha P. Fungal keratitis caused by Laetisaria arvalis. Indian J Med Microbiol. 2018 Jan-Mar;36(1):140-142.
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  • Zhou Y, Li S, Huang L, Yang Y, Zhang L, Yang M, Liu W, Kim R, Jiang Z Sundaresan P, Zhu X, Yang Z. A splicing mutation in Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor associated with retinitis pigmentosa. Hum Mol Genet. 2018 May 2. [Epub]
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  • Cho J, Prajna NV, Lalitha P, Rajaraman R, Krishnan T, Lin YB, Ray KJ, Lietman TM, Rose-Nussbaumer J; Mycotic Ulcer Treatment Trial Group. Therapeutic Penetrating Keratoplasty Button Cultures in The Mycotic Ulcer Treatment Trial II: A Randomized Trial Comparing Oral Voriconazole vs Placebo. Am J Ophthalmol. 2018 May 11. [Epub]
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  • Christy JS, Mouttapa F, Rajkumar P. Does Mucous Membrane Grafting Have a Clear Advantage Over Amniotic Membrane Grafting in Refractory Giant Papillae? Cornea. 2018 May 8. [Epub]
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  • Nagesha CK, Pratyusha G. Paraproteinemic Maculopathy in a 63-Year-Old Man. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2018 May. [Epub] 
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  • Krishnan Nair Geetha D, Rajagopalaboopathi J, Nair GR, Palanisamy M, Rammohan R, Venkatapathy N, Ramatchandirane PS. Polybacterial community analysis in human conjunctiva through 16S rRNA gene libraries. Exp Eye Res. 2018 May 14.
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  • Prajna V. Take time to sharpen the saw. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2018 Jun;66(6):784.
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  • Murugan SB, Velis GB, Sindal MD. Bilateral acute retinal necrosis associated with bilateral uveal effusion in an immunocompetent patient: A challenging association. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2018 Jun;66(6):866-868.
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  • Sengupta S, Vasavada D, Pan U, Sindal M. Factors predicting response of pseudophakic cystoid macular edema to topical steroids and nepafenac. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2018 Jun;66(6):827-830.
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