Dr. Ashok Vardhan, Chief Medical Officer, Aravind Eye Hospital, Tirupati won the “Orbis International Medal for the Best Free Paper Presentation” at 37th Congress of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) in Paris, France.
Paris, France September 14-18
Bangalore September 28
Rotary Aravind International Eye Bank, Madurai received the award at the 11th National Conference on Cornea and Eye Banking – Annual Convention of Eye Bank Association of India 2019 held in Bangalore.
Kakinada September 27-29
Dr. Ramya Seetam Raju, Medical Consultant, Cornea & Refractive Services, Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai won the Best of Best Free Paper Award from amongst 75 competitive papers at the Annual Conference of Andhra Pradesh Ophthalmic Society for the paper titled “Does contemporary antimicrobial substitution in corneal storage media reduce donor rim contamination?”
Jaipur September 20-22
Dr. Haripriya Aravind, Chief, Cataract and IOL Services delivered the oration on Intracameral antibiotics for endophthalmitis prophylaxis at the Rajasthan Ophthalmological Conference.
Chennai September 08
Dr. Kim, Chief Medical Officer, Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai delivered the Dr. TNC Vedantham Memorial Oration on Diabetic Retinopathy and Artificial Intelligence at RADNET 2019 organised by Radhatri Netralaya at Chennai.
Aurolab September 23 & 24
Mrs. Mallika, a renowned motivational speaker gave an inspiring lecture to the production trainees at Aurolab.
Mrs. Hemalatha – Child Development Project Officer handled the session and mentioned the healthy food items and their nutrition level. Staff felt the awareness session very useful to them.
Guwahati September 06-08
Dr. Usha Kim
France September 14-18
Dr. R. Meenakshi
Dr. Ashok Vardhan
Dr. Sathya Ravilla
Jaipur September 20-22
Dr. Haripriya Aravind
Lucknow September 20-22
Dr. Mohideen Abdul Kader
Chennai September 21
Dr. R. Kim
Mr. R.D Thulasiraj
Mr. Ganesh Babu
Mr. Sanil Joseph
Coimbatore September 28
Dr. Naresh Babu
Dr. Karthik Kumar
Bangalore September 28
Dr. M. Srinivasan
Coimbatore August 24
Dr. Usha Kim
Aravind - Salem October 04
Aravind-Salem’s first Vision Centre was opened at Ramakrishna Mission Charitable Dispensary on October 04, 2019. The centre was inaugurated by Mr. Mohan, Engineer, Civil – PWD, Salem in the presence of Dr. B. Manohar Babu, Swami. Yatatmanandar, Swami. Chitgadhanandha and the Swamijis of ashrama / dispensary. Swamiji explained the association between Aravind and RK Mission over the past eight years. Dr. B. Manohar Babu gave a talk on eye care needs / role of vision centre in addressing the unmet eye care need.
Aravind - Pondicherry October 02
Aravind’s 76th Vision Centre was inaugurated at Vadalur by Dr. R. Selvaraj, Correspondent, OPR Educational in the presence of Dr. R. Venkatesh, Chief Medical Officer, Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondicherry. Members of Lions, Rotary and Chamber of Commerce, and prominent community leaders attended the inauguration.
On the first day, Vadalur Vision Centre screened 102 outpatients. A total of 27 glasses were prescribed and 17 patients ordered the same. A total of 12 cataract patients and 30 patients with specialty problems were referred to the base hospital.
Chennai September 21-22
APTOS 2019, the 4th annual symposium of Asia Pacific Teleophthalmology Association was organised by Aravind Eye care System at ITC Grand Chola, Chennai. The theme of the 4th APTOS Symposium was the Evolution of AI in Ophthalmology and its impact in Teleophthalmology and Innovative Service Delivery. Another highlight of APTOS 2019 was the Hackathon and the Big Data DR Challenge for different algorithms in ocular diagnostics. The symposium was very well-received with a total of 316 participants which included medical specialists, ophthalmologists, engineers, students of medicine and engineering from colleges all around the world. Experts from the field of AI, telemedicine, information technology and ophthalmology from Australia, United States, Singapore, United Kingdom, Thailand, Switzerland, Chile, China and India delivered interesting lectures.
Aravind - Chennai September 07 - 08
The CME discussed a lot of interesting and recent advancements in the field of cornea; to name a few, corneal necrotization, Bowman’s layer transplant etc. There were didactic lectures by eminent faculty from across the nation and overseas as well. The CME was well received by 200 odd delegates.
Dr. John P Whitcher, Professor Emeritus, Francis I. Proctor Foundation, UCSF was the Guest of Honour and gave the Key note address. Apart from Aravind faculty, Dr. Thomas M Lietman and Dr. Gerami Sietzman from Francis I. Proctor foundation, UCSF; Dr. Roberto Pineda from MEEI, Harvard Medical School; Dr. Christina Rapp Prescott from Wilmer Eye Institute, John’s Hopkins School of Medicine; Dr. Samar Kumar Basak, Disha Eye Hospital, Calcutta; Dr.Namrata Sharma and Dr.Vanathi Murugesan from Dr. RP Centre, AIIMS; Dr. J.K. Reddy and Dr. Siddarthan from Sankara Eye Hospital, Coimbatore; Dr. Rohit Shetty, Narayana Nethralaya, Bangalore; Dr. Mathew Kurian, Chaitanya Eye Hospital, Kottayam; Dr.Sujatha Mohan, Rajan Eye Care, Chennai and Dr. Bhaskar Srinivasan, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai shared their valuable inputs.
Aravind - Madurai September 05
Supported by Standard Chartered Bank, Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai has been providing free treatment for poor patients with corneal ulcer. The fund even supported the transport costs not just for the patients but for the accompanying persons as well. Over 3,000 patients were thus benefitted over the past three years. A valedictory function was arranged to commemorate this achievement for which Shri. Shivraj V. Patil, former Judge of the Supreme Court, was the chief guest. Shri. S. Venkatesan, Member of Parliament, Madurai was the guest of honour. A few patients were also invited to attend the function.
Aravind August 25 –September 8
34th Eye Donation Fortnight was observed at Aravind with a wide variety of programmes that focused mainly on awareness creation. Programmes conducted included awareness rally, exhibition, seminars, talks in educational institutions and offices, distribution of pamphlets and felicitation events for donor families. Aravind doctors gave talks about eye donation and eye banking on popular FM channels. Social media was effectively used to spread the message of promoting eye donation. Felicitation programmes were organized to motivate the various clubs, donor families and NGOs who have been instrumental in supporting the cause of eye donation.
Aravind – Coimbatore September 27-29
Aravind Eye Hospital, Coimbatore organized AIOS ARC Post Graduate Refresher Programme 2019 – South Zone with the support of an educational grant from Sun Pharma. 71 faculty members conducted the three-day scientific sessions which included 42 lectures, 8 case discussions, 8 quiz programmes and 10 dry lab sessions. A total of 220 Post Graduates from 48 Institutions across Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Pondicherry participated.
Aravind-Madurai September 14
Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai celebrated its 43rd Annual Day with exciting programmes and entertainment activities. The senior management team was present during the occasion. Dr. R. Kim, Chief Medical Officer gave an update on the activities of the last year. Service awards were distributed to employees who completed 5, 10, 15, 20 & 25 years of service.
Aravind - Madurai & Tirupati 23 August 2019 - 04 September 2019
Auroutsav, the biennial literary, sports and arts competitions was held at Aravind-Madurai with over 30 events in total. Staff members who were divided into five teams, named after various tribes of south India – Irula, Kurumba, Kota, Paniya and Toda – showcased the unique features of their tribe through excellent performances. Team Paniya emerged as the winner followed by Kota. Winners were awarded prizes.
Madurai September 18-22
On request from Dhan Foundation, Madurai; Aravind Eye Care System organised an event in Madurai Symposium under the theme, Role of women in eye care. The programme included seminars, quiz, skit, update on Aravind and its impact in the community and on women development, MLOP model and models showing common eye problems. A model of the vision centre was put up. The programme was entirely handled by the empowered women (MLOP) team of Aravind and it was well received by the public. People visited the stalls and had their eyes checked in the model vision centre setup. On the whole, the team examined 359 patients and advised glasses for 60 patients. 43 reading glasses were issued on the spot. Apart from this, the team identified and referred 16 cataract patients, 5 glaucoma patients, 1 DR patient and 32 other specialty patients to the concerned vision centres adjacent to their residence.
Aravind-Coimbatore September 8
The 6th Optimeet for the staff of Opticals department was held at Aravind-Coimbatore. Twelve papers and one video were presented. In addition, each hospital teams presented an update on their performance which was followed by discussion.
Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers received First Prize for Excellence in Book Production from Federation of Indian Publishers (FIP India) for the book Peyman’s Principles and Practice of Ophthalmology. Aravind is proud of the fact that Dr. V. Venkatesh Prajna, Director-Academics, AECS is the Chief Editor of the second edition book.
Aravind-Salem September 26-27
A camp was conducted to facilitate making necessary corrections in the Aadhar card issued by the government. A team from Post Office came and carried out the necessary corrections in the cards of almost 90 MLOPs .
Aravind - Kovilpatti September 29
Aravind’s 14th hospital and the seventh secondary centre inaugurated at Kovilpatti by Mr. T. Lakshmi Narayanan, Retired IAS Officer. Dr. T.R. Dinakaran, Managing Director, Sri Ramalinga Mills, Aruppukottai; Tmt. Hamsapriya Srinivasan, Chennai; Mr. Everest Ramachandran, Kovilpatti; Prof. Dr. R. Perumalsamy, Pro-Chancellor, Noorul Islam University, Kanyakumari offered felicitations.
Senior leadership team, managers and staff members were present during this inauguration. The 17,300 sq.ft facility has the capacity to handle nearly 4000 outpatients and perform about 6,000 eye surgeries a year. Like any other Aravind centre, the hospital will have 50% of the services as paying and 50 % as either free or at deeply subsidised rate. Mementos were presented to the guest by Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman-Emeritus, Aravind Eye Care System and to the construction agencies by Mr. G. Srinivasan, Director-Finance, Aravind Eye Care System. Dr. R. Ramakrishnan, Advisor, Aravind Eye Hospital, Tirunelveli delivered vote of thanks.