CME on Ocular Infections

Aravind-Salem, 2nd June

The one-day CME for ophthalmologists, postgraduates, and microbiologists was held at Hotel Radisson in Salem. The CME focused on the role of conventional and molecular methods for microbial identification in diagnosing ocular infections, along with interesting case scenarios. Dr. M. Srinivasan, Director Emeritus, Aravind Eye Care System (AECS), delivered the keynote address on corneal infections. Insights were shared by internal faculty members including Dr. Viji Rangarajan, Chief, Orbit and Oculoplasty, Aravind – Coimbatore, Dr. Siddharth, Medical Consultant, Cataract and IOL Clinic, Aravind-Coimbatore, Dr. Ram Rammohan, Medical Consultant, Aravind-Coimbatore, Dr. Balamurugan Medical Consultant, Cataract Services, Aravind-Pondicherry, Dr. Suneetha Puneeth, Aravind-Salem, Dr. Anuja, Medical Consultant, Aravind-Salem, Dr. K. Hemalatha, Medical Consultant, Retina-Vitreous Services, Aravind-Salem, and Dr. B. Manohar Babu, CMO, Aravind-Salem. Case presentations were conducted by Dr. Kesav, Dr. Priyadarshini, Dr. Avdhoot, and Dr. Sivaranjini. Additionally, a competitive quiz programme with attractive prizes was conducted by Quiz Masters Dr. Saranya and Dr. Anand from Sankara Nethralaya Eye Hospital, Chennai. Seran, Manager,Patient Care, Aravind-Salem, led the organising team. The programme saw participation from around 80 individuals, including 11 faculty members.

Ceremonial lamp lighting during the CME on Ocular Infection
Dr. B. Manohar Babu leading a session
Dr. Anand conducting a quiz contest
Dr. B. Manohar Babu presenting a memento to Dr. Siddharth

Eye Donation Awareness Programme

Sivagangai, 4th June

The Rotary Aravind International Eye Bank (RAIEB), Aravind-Madurai conducted an awareness programme at the Government Primary Health Centre in Maravanmangalam, Sivagangai. D. Saravanan, Manager, RAIEB, led a session on the Hospital Cornea Retrieval Programme, emphasising the role of healthcare professionals in promoting eye donation. The session was attended by 50 participants, including doctors and nurses.

D. Saravanan handling a session during eye donation awareness programme

CME on Neuro Ophthal & Retina Decoded for Ophthal Practice & Post Graduates

Aravind-Coimbatore, 12th June

Organised by Aravind Coimbatore in association with the Coimbatore Society of Ophthalmic Surgeons (CSOS), at IMA Hall, Coimbatore, the CME featured three sessions: PG’s Case Presentations, Neuro Ophthal, and Retina. The sessions were interactive and received positive feedback from participants. The event saw participation from 90 delegates, including PGs and practitioners from Aravind-Coimbatore, CSOS members, and 18 internal and external faculty members.

Sarithira Sangamam

 Aravind-Chennai, 31st May

Aravind-Chennai organised “Sarithira Sangamam,” a monthly event for MLOPs, featuring various activities. Dr. Usha Raghavan, Project Consultant, delivered a speech on mythology and epics, highlighting facts, beliefs, and illusions from the Ramayana and Mahabharata, emphasising the importance of moral stories. This was followed by a Thirukkural quiz covering five chapters. Participants were divided into three teams: Literature, Myths, and Epics.

Inauguration of Aravind Eye Clinic - Puttur

Aravind-Tirupati, 28th May

SV Aravind Eye Hospital, Tirupati, opened its first Eye Clinic in Puttur, Tirupati District, Andra Pradesh. Dr. K. Srinivasulu Reddy, Civil Surgeon (Retd.), inaugurated the clinic in the presence of R.D. Thulasiraj, Director Operations, AECS, Dr. Ashok Vardhan, CMO, Aravind-Tirupati, Sri Keshav Kumar, Manager, Administration and Finance, Aravind-Tirupati, Damien Jacob, Manager, Patient Care, and V. Vasudeva Reddy, Camp Manager. The new clinic will benefit Puttur and the surrounding villages.

R.D. Thulasiraj lighting the lamp during the inauguration of Aravind Eye Clinic at Puttur
Dr. Ashok Vardhan briefing about the functions of the new clinic

Myopia Awareness Week

Aravind-Dindigul, 27th May

Aravind-Dindigul observed Myopia Awareness Week by displaying awareness posters and charts created by MLOPs in the Outpatient Department and entrance areas of the hospital to educate the public about myopia prevention.

Posters at the hospital entrance raising awareness about Myopia

CME on Uvea4All

Aravind-Pondicherry, 19th May

The one-day CME focused on “Exploring Lapses in Uveitis Management” began with a welcome address by Dr. S. Balamurugan, Chief, Uvea Services, Aravind-Pondicherry. The CME featured various sessions handled by Dr. Parthopratim Dutta Majumder from Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, along with internal speakers. Dr. S.R. Rathinam, Chief, Uvea Services, Aravind-Madurai, shared captivating insights on the discovery of organisms like Leptospirosis, Trematodes, and the West Nile virus during various outbreaks.

The Objectively Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) session in Uveitis management was led by Dr. Naveen and Dr. Radhika, followed by an exciting quiz contest, “Kaun Banega Uveapati,” conducted by Dr. Parthopratim Dutta Majumder. Dr. Subhashini from Aravind-Pondicherry won first prize, while Dr. Aahan Shah from JIPMER, Pondicherry, and Dr. Prabhu Krishna from Aravind-Pondicherry secured the first and second runner-up positions, respectively.

Dr. Radhika, Aravind-Madurai, secured the first runner-up position for her image titled “Disseminated TB,” and Dr. Hari Bhadari secured the second runner-up position for his image titled “Sectoral Serpentine Atrophy.”

The programme concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr. Balamurugan. The CME saw the participation of 75 attendees.

Ceremonial lamp lighting during the CME on Uvea4All
Dr. S. Anjana handling a session on Exploring lapses in Uveitis management
Participants of the CME programme

World Retinoblastoma Awareness Week

Aravind-Chennai, 17th May

World Retinoblastoma Awareness Week is celebrated each year in the second week of May. This year, Aravind-Chennai organised its first Retinoblastoma Awareness programme, inviting families of children treated at Aravind-Chennai as guests to help spread the awareness message. The programme facilitated the family member to witness the progress of retinoblastoma survivors. In addition, there was a dance performance by the little champions. The programme concluded with the distribution of gifts and prizes.

Ceremonial lamp lighting by Dr. Anand Rajendran, during the Retinoblastoma Awareness day programme at Aravind-Chennai
Children performing a dance show
Aravind doctors with retinoblastoma patients and their families at Aravind-Chennai.

Aravind-Madurai, 1st June

At Aravind-Madurai,  the annual survivors’ meet was conducted for children who have overcome retinoblastoma. Dr. Usha Kim, Chief, Orbit, Aravind-Madurai, welcomed the gathering and highlighted several achievements: around 800 retinoblastoma patients saved, 7 Ph.Ds completed on retinoblastoma, 543 screenings conducted, and 305 genetic PROH-band markers identified in 41 families. She also mentioned 35 low vision aids and 5 smart vision glasses were provided to low vision patients. The event featured motivational talks by retinoblastoma survivors who have achieved significant positions in life as government staff, lecturers, engineers, doctors, and more. Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman Emeritus, AECS, highlighted Aravind’s efforts in bringing foreign technology in RB treatment at an affordable rate. Dr. R.D. Ravindran, Chairman, AECS, discussed Aravind’s efforts in combining research and modern technology to provide maximum care to patients. Prof. K. Dharmalingam stressed Aravind’s involvement in employing preventive methods using predictive biomarkers and its continuous care for patients. Dr. P. Namperumalsamy and Dr. G. Natchiar, Director-Emeritus, AECS, honoured Janani, mother of the late Arunkarthick who lost his life due to a rare type of eye cancer, for her benevolence. The programme was attended by 200 children with their parents and siblings, making a total of 600 participants. The survivors and their families were provided with sumptuous food, and children were given attractive gifts

Dr. Usha Kim delivering the welcome address during the Survivors day held in Aravind-Madurai
Dr. R.D. Ravindran, Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, and Dr. Usha Kim, honouring Janani.
Prof. K. Dharmalingam delivering a talk on the role of research in the care of retinoblastoma patients
Retinoblastoma survivors sharing their successful career achievements
Dr. P. Namperumalsamy and Dr. G. Natchiar, presenting gifts to the survivors.
Children giving a dance performance
Retinoblastoma survivors with the Aravind senior leadership team

Summer Camp for Aravind Staff Children-2024

Aravind-Madurai, 13-25 May

Aravind-Madurai organised a summer camp at Nithyatha, Aurolab for the children of staff members from Aravind Eye Hospital, AMRF, and Aurolab. A total of 42 children, including five volunteers and 37 children from classes 1st to 8th, participated. The camp was divided into two batches: 24 children from classes 1st to 4th attended from 13 to 18 May, and 13 children from classes 5th to 8th attended from 20 to 25 May. The theme of the camp was “Mindfulness.” Activities included nature journaling, mask making, farm visits, salad making, trekking, plantable paper seed making, and story building. Each day began with breathing exercises and an icebreaker activity and ended with reflection time. The programme provided an opportunity for children to develop new skills and crucial life skills such as team building and problem-solving.

Children engaging in summer camp activities at Nithyatha, Aurolab
Gaining exposure to the vermicomposting process at Aurofarm
Trekking at Azhagar Kovil
Making mask using balloons, papers, and paint
Making seed balls
Children enjoying play items during the summer camp
Practicing nature journaling while trekking
Mask making activities